The Elected CD review [Sub Pop]

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The Elected CD review [Sub Pop]
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Feb 26, 2007, 03:02

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THE ELECTED Sun, Sun, Sun CD

We've all felt what it's like to have an album grow on us with each subsequent listen. We feel like each time we listen we become more engaged in the story, the arrangement and sometimes, even the imperfect production. This isn't one of those records.

I wanted to love it, I really did—and with each listen I became more convinced, not less, that this record fell short of it's glorious potential. Don't get me wrong—there are beautiful moments with stellar songwriting reminiscent of everyone from The Beach Boys to The Thrills and Elliott Smith—but those moments of honest simplicity and quiet beauty disappear as suddenly as they are presented with cheesy 80's era horn arrangements, painful classic rock guitars and general schmaltz.

If you're a glass half-full person who thrives on sun-drenched 70's pop then you will most assuredly find songs here to love—just don't expect to feel satiated with the frenetic turns and twists.

Blake Sennett's Rilo Kiley side project may not complete me, but it does make me want to turn away from the dark side—just a little bit. [Sub Pop]

-Casper Sue Yaqoub

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