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The Elected

Growing up, Blake Sennett was just another Corey Feldman, destined to milk the reality-television circuit as an adult. With roles such as Pinsky on Nickelodeon's short-lived Salute Your Shorts and Joey the Rat on Boy Meets World, his acting career was about as promising as G-Dub's chances for re-election in 2008. Since then, however, Sennett has amassed some serious indie cred. With his full-time band, Rilo Kiley, he's released acclaimed albums on two of the most respected indie imprints in the country, Barsuk and Saddle Creek. And with the Elected, his heavily lauded side project, he's produced two respectable -- if not cameo-clusterfucked -- albums for Sub Pop. The Elected's new album, Sun, Sun, Sun, is a country-Western-inspired indie-pop entry that faults only in its over-production and over-saturation of lap steel guitar. Organ, piano, horns and a touch of doo-wop make Sennett's personal pandering sound almost optimistic, while bluesy, dynamic guitars keep the songs from sounding too cognate. Drew Barrymore, eat your heart out.
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Drew Bixby