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The Elected

The Elected: Sun, Sun, SunSun, Sun, Sun (2006)
Sub Pop Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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The members of Rilo Kiley have quite the affinity for Americana, and the first month of 2006 is qualifying that wholeheartedly. While RK itself has written three albums of alt-country-infused indie rock, members themselves have participated in side projects that concentrate even moreso on the former.
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The members of Rilo Kiley have quite the affinity for Americana, and the first month of 2006 is qualifying that wholeheartedly. While RK itself has written three albums of alt-country-infused indie rock, members themselves have participated in side projects that concentrate even moreso on the former of these: vocalist/keyboardist Jenny Lewis with her Americana tributing solo effort (and artist credits hopefully parodying Gwen Stefani and her Harajuku Girls, not flashing the beginnings of a new, strange trend), and vocalist/guitarist Blake Sennett and drummer Jason Bosel (as well as ex-Ozma bassist Daniel Brummel) with the appropriately titled Sun, Sun, Sun, the second full-length from his band the Elected and followup to 2004's Me First. Although, it should be noted that Lewis even does guest vocals on a few tracks.

Sun, Sun, Sun is, well, sunny. Even with Sennett's hushed, gentle inflection continuing to recall Elliott Smith (at one point even biting Smith's bouncy repetition style in the acoustic title track), the album is nearly always upbeat and overall happy, even while refectling on past loves ("It Was Love"). In fact, it borders on cheesy in places; opener and intro "Clouds Parting (8:14 A.M.)" sounds like a cross between The Sound of Music soundtrack and Disney composing background music for an old Western movie. However, the consistently positive mood helps amplify the enjoyable, catchy songs twofold, proving them to be the record's standouts ("Would You Come With Me," "The Bank and Trust," the previously mentioned "Sun, Sun, Sun").

Oh yes, the fervent country overtones. They're most certainly there; `50s prom pop even finds its way into "Did Me Good," but the guitar twang itself is prominent and steady. Sometimes a soft horn section (especially bluesy in the early goings of the 7-minute "Biggest Star") and light piano will find its way into the mix, but it's sparse, and more for careful touches of the mood than layering. "Old Times" certainly carries along a steady horsetrot pace, while "Desiree" is a short, barebones ballad, Sennett on his own and ushering in the song with harmonica, hinting at the wealth of slow-paced tracks that make up the ending section of the album.

Sun, Sun, Sun is long and bright-eyed with definitive standout moments shining. It's certainly helping members of Rilo Kiley exercise the country demons lying inside, even while the Elected's key member (Sennett) draws heavily from a, though heralded, painfully melancholic figure (Smith).

Oh, and Sennett even finds a few places to drop F-bombs, but really, swearing never sounded more casual and accepting than in this type of setting.

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Anonymous (February 2, 2006)

saw them live once with that band who iforget the name of that has a tapdancer...the one on team love records...anyway the elected bored me...the other band was great

Anonymous (February 2, 2006)

Yes, Jenny Lewis is beautiful.

...evildeadalive

Testiclese (February 1, 2006)

the songs on the myspace are great, i think ill get this

lou (February 1, 2006)

this CD is good. so was the last one. i'm kinda surprised i'm not the only one on here who thinks so.

Anonymous (January 31, 2006)

Blank Check was a great movie. Too bad I can't view myspaces on this computer.

the_other_scott (January 31, 2006)

speaking of former child stars. brian bonsel, the kid from "blank check" and also from "Family ties" has a really shitty pop punk band

myspace.com/thruster

i saw that shit on vh1

also jenny lewis is fucking beautiful

Anonymous (January 31, 2006)

i agree, no one i know has ever heard of this band, but when i play Me First for them they love it. i didn't even know this record came out til yesterday, that definatly brightened up my day.

Dante3000 (January 31, 2006)

I love Me First but for some reason it seems like no one has ever heard it. It's such a mellow album to just hang around the house to. Pretty good for country/alt. country.
Oh, if I remember correctly there is some swearing in the first album too, but it's soo smooth, "You just fucking disappear", you don't even notice till later that he swore.
-Dante

Anonymous (January 31, 2006)

"am i the only one completely sick of rilo kiley and their side projects?"

just...ignore them?

mjg (January 31, 2006)

i'm enjoying this album

sethcohen (January 31, 2006)

I'm not sure Boesel plays on this album, but I may be wrong.

danperrone (January 31, 2006)

am i the only one completely sick of rilo kiley and their side projects?

iheartagainstme (January 31, 2006)

He still looks and sounds exactly the same too, it's crazy. sometimes i have to stop listening because of it.

david_arquette (January 31, 2006)

Jones - He played Joey the Rat.

Anonymous (January 31, 2006)

this is a huge step up

superbastard (January 31, 2006)

"Me First" was sweet. I'll pick this up.

stevejonestherealbones (January 31, 2006)

which boy meets world guy is in this band?

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

david_arquette (January 31, 2006)

Obligatory "this guy was in Boy Meets World and Salute Your Shorts" post.

This is a cool band.

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