Anyone who's been predicting Rilo Kiley's demise has a few logs to throw onto the fire, not the least of which is the number of side and solo projects that the four members have tended to over the years. (If they're wondering why their day job isn't as commercially popular as it should be, perhaps they should note how many side projects Coldplay has distracted itself with.) Add to the list Pierre de Reeder's The Way That It Was, a pleasant-enough solo debut that finds Rilo's bassist traveling down a timeless singer-songwriter path far removed from the pop-and-rock hopscotch found on last year's excellent Under The Blacklight. De Reeder's bandmates are among those who help flesh things out, and some moments seem directly influenced by his main gig, but overall, The Way That It Was sounds like it was made by a guy with a specific vision and some things to get off his chest. There's a maturity here that can come off as either sage or snoozy, depending on how you feel about songs called "Shame On Love" and "This Foolish Heart," a guy sharing an open letter to his daughter, and lyrics like "Used to be a boy, but where is he now? I've grown up somehow." Sadly, in the world of indie rock, older and wiser rarely adds up to memorable.

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