Sun, Sun, Sun

Sun, Sun, Sun

by The Elected



Singer/songwriter Blake Sennett didn't stop working after issuing the Elected's debut release, Me First, in 2003. In between writing, recording, and promoting Rilo Kiley's third album, More Adventurous, he created this delightful 14-song set entitled Sun, Sun, Sun. Here, the Elected dress up their breezy soundscapes of lost loves and broken hearts for an enchanting second album, whose sunshiny pop is more magical in comparison to Me First. It features some of Sennett's most brilliant work to date, and the band's overall summery sound is much more cohesive here. Sennett, along with Jason Boesel (drums), Daniel Brummel (bass), and Mike Bloom (lap steel/harmonica), flirt with elements of pop and soft rock for their own field of view -- an inquisitive inner spirit that's searching for a new, cozy place to belong. Assorted banjos, horns, and acoustic and electric guitars are nicely layered throughout as Sennett's picturesque reflections tell their own stories. The dreamy opener, "Clouds Parting," just barely establishes the scene of setting out on your own, leaving what is familiar behind, but "Would You Come with Me" immediately picks up the pace with its lazy country drawl. Rilo Kiley songstress Jenny Lewis also makes an appearance here, contributing lyrics to the sunset-soaked "Fireflies in a Steel Mill" and "The Bank and Trust," and adding backing vocals to "It Was Love," an indie rock heartbreaker that could easily be a reflection of their past relationship. The Elected are definitely charming at their most vulnerable; however, it's when they are most passionate that they truly shine. Sennett is a crooner on the brassy, cinematic "Did Me Good." The Elected are definitely dynamic here, but "Not Going Home" is the swan song of Sun, Sun, Sun. The rush of the chorus and the richness of the song's instrumentation make for a hypnotic ebb and flow, rounding out the breadth of this album. Stay up and see the sun; the Elected make it worth it on this one.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2006
Label: Sub Pop
UPC: 0098787070125
catalogNumber: 701

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Performance Credits

Elected   Primary Artist
Greg Kurstin   Piano
Blake Sennett   Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Cymbals,Bass Guitar,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Ukulele,Vocals,Shaker
Jenny Lewis   Vocals
Daniel Brummel   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Stacy DuPree   Vocals
Phillip Watt   Flugelhorn
Mike Bloom   Banjo,Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
David Moyer   Saxophone
Ryan "Shmedly" Maynes   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Saxophone,Vibes
Ryland Steen   Drums
Chris Theirbach   Harp
Danny T. Levin   Trumpet,Euphonium,Flugelhorn,Valve Trombone

Technical Credits

Blake Sennett   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Jenny Lewis   Composer
Daniel Brummel   Horn Arrangements
Mike Bloom   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Morgan Nagler   Composer

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