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Elected, The - Sun, Sun, Sun Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals N/A
Musicianship N/A
Lyrics N/A
Production 0.25
Creativity 0.25
Lasting Value 0.25
Reviewer Tilt 0.25
Final Verdict: 3%
Member Ratings
Production 7
Creativity 6
Lasting Value 6.75
Reviewer Tilt 7
Average: 67%

Elected, The - Sun, Sun, Sun

Reviewed by: Garett Press (03/15/06)
The Elected - Sun, Sun, Sun
Sub Pop Records
~{SCORE: 7.8/10}~

Blake Sennett is gonna grab you by the bootstraps and giddyup off into the sunset with your country heart, assuming you’ve got one. Finally answering the question, “What would Elliot Smith have sounded like if he dug up his old lap-steel and watched too many old Clint Eastwood flics?” (not that anyone ever actually asked) the Rilo Kiley guitar-man lays down part breathy emo cry-baby and part baroque alt-country ballad and ends up with something either simply endearing, overly glitzy, or a combination of the two.

A relatively far cry from Rilo Kiley counterpart and love interest Jenny Lewis’ nakedly melodic solo debut, and also from The Elected’s electronically pampered premiere, the sophomore Sun, Sun, Sun bursts with a sense of relief and exuberance. Despite Sennett’s always meek vocal quality, the arrangements on this disc flood forth like rays of sunshine through the clouds, unabashedly hopeful and maybe even celebratory. You’ve got to imagine that an artist titling his record as such isn’t dwelling on the gloomy side of life, and while bluesy at times, these songs certainly won’t get you down. As Blake says in the soulful “Did Me Good”, “I’ve seen trouble come my way/I’ve seen many a dark day/But I’ve seen the sun comin’ up in your face.” Each song seems to develop a cheerful mantra of sort, as the choruses repeat phrases like “It was love,” “I’m not going home, I’m already there,” “You did me good,” and “I’ll be your man.”

In the vein of Bright Eyes and similar projects, there is a wealth of personal story-telling going on in the verses, making for a distanced listening experience, which really sets the instrumental work on display. The abundance of clean licks, rhythmic keys, and an expressive brass section will charm your ass relentlessly, but by the time track 11 or so rolls around, the luster starts to feel too familiar, and you might find yourself wishing Mike Mogis had been back on board for the second go-around.

Call it pageantry, or call it an artist merely expressing radiance, Sun, Sun, Sun shines vibrantly throughout. Perhaps there is no song as thrillingly sweet as Me First’s “A Time for Emily” and perhaps the record as a whole is lighter fare than the last. Still, you can’t fault a man for making a big cheery record, especially not when it’s crafted by hands and hearts as skilled and delicate as those of The Elected.
 
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02:26 PM on 03/15/06
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i love this album, i'm listening to it right now :)
03:31 PM on 03/15/06
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i need to get this, me first is amazing
04:22 PM on 03/15/06
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i really want this.
05:29 PM on 03/15/06
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I bought both albums about a month ago and am so glad I did. Excellent from beginning to end.

- Jeff
06:07 PM on 03/15/06
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I really like this record. And I thought your review was well done.
07:16 PM on 03/15/06
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i hate when people do this, but...

sun, sun, sun > rabbit fur coat

seriously, people need to stop spazzing out about jenny. i went to see her last night and left before the encore because i was bored out of my mind. she seems to put on such an act now live and it annoys me. thank god whispertown kicked ass and jonathan rice was fucking hilarious, because they made the show worth going to for me.

SSS hasn't had as much lasting power for me as i thought it would. me first i still really love from beginning to end after two full years. SSS has a few real duds and i haven't gone back to it as much, but then when it leaked i was listening to it nonstop so maybe it's normal i need a break from it. stil wonderful though, and i like them live a lot and can't wait to see them again next month.

jesus do i ramble.
07:18 PM on 03/15/06
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Originally Posted by Kelley Nicole
i hate when people do this, but...

sun, sun, sun > rabbit fur coat

seriously, people need to stop spazzing out about jenny. i went to see her last night and left before the encore because i was bored out of my mind. she seems to put on such an act now live and it annoys me. thank god whispertown kicked ass and jonathan rice was fucking hilarious, because they made the show worth going to for me.

SSS hasn't had as much lasting power for me as i thought it would. me first i still really love from beginning to end after two full years. SSS has a few real duds and i haven't gone back to it as much, but then when it leaked i was listening to it nonstop so maybe it's normal i need a break from it. stil wonderful though, and i like them live a lot and can't wait to see them again next month.

jesus do i ramble.
<3
07:28 PM on 03/15/06
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i was listening to this tonight. it's a great cd to drive to.
07:30 PM on 03/15/06
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Pretty good album. I'd 6.5 it.
07:51 PM on 03/15/06
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Originally Posted by InaGreendase
Pretty good album. I'd 6.5 it.
Serious? I mean when these songs hit, they HIT. 6.5 seems a little too average
09:00 PM on 03/15/06
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i need this. blake sennet is the man.
09:00 PM on 03/15/06
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I first heard about The Elected when I saw them last month opening for Stars, and by the time they got to "Biggest Star" (best rock buildup since "Only In Dreams") towards the end of the set, I was severely impressed. A few songs on the album are a little dull, but even then never unlistenable.

A great album to get high with some friends to, also.
09:00 PM on 03/15/06
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I wouldve given it an 8
09:35 PM on 03/15/06
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Originally Posted by phoenixdown
I first heard about The Elected when I saw them last month opening for Stars, and by the time they got to "Biggest Star" (best rock buildup since "Only In Dreams") towards the end of the set, I was severely impressed. A few songs on the album are a little dull, but even then never unlistenable.

A great album to get high with some friends to, also.
A while back I made that analogy to (Biggest Star and Only in Dreams). Just incredible.

- Jeff
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