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Me First

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This is the new project from Blake Sennett, co-singer/songwriter of Rilo Kiley. "Me First" includes the help of Mike Mogis (Saddle Creek Records partner and producer extraordinaire), Jimmy Tamborello (Postal Service, Dntel), Jason Boesel (Rilo Kiley), Daniel Brummel (Ozma), Orinda Fink (Azure Ray), Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley, Postal Service), Schmed (Arlo), and many others. It incorporates everything from lap steel to melodic, glitchy electronics. A compelling, cinematic framework for Sennett's exemplary songwriting.

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"[A]n exquisitely sad album of country-tinged dream pop..." - Rating: B -- Entertainment Weekly (2/27/04, p.98)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 3, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B00018D4V8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,903 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The moment I heard the first cut on this CD I was intrigued. Three days later and I still can't stop listening to it. I keep rediscovering each song with every listening. It's familiar and new all at the same time. I don't like to use genres to describe music, instead I like to compare it with other things I already know. At first listen, it really reminded me of Sparklehorse, Ween's country album, and Beck all rolled into something that Gram Parsons might be doing today if he were still alive and if he had a penchant for electronic gizmos whirring and buzzing textures into each song. You'd be wise to grab this CD, it's a good one that has gone largely undiscovered.
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Sub Pop has discovered another sweet gem. The Elected bring forth some particularly catchy post-country rock, that is folk music with studio effects, a keyboard, and the occasional drum machine, that rivals the like-minds in the Super Furry Animals at their own genre bending game and graciously exposes The Coral as the stale anachronism they are. Me First is no desperate grasp at mainstream uniqueness but truly heartfelt music, understated psychedelia on the acoustic side played to peak effectiveness thus making believe The Rapture went Tennessee instead of new wave. There are many influences at work here, which they do a great job of integrating and improving upon, but the one to focus on is Elliott Smith, whom they commemorate with the glory that is liner note mention. They don't quite reach his emotional depths but their own melodical sensibilities more than make up for a lack of tearjerkers. Posing for a border photo in NME next to a "he'll be missed" generic comment is one thing [Moby], but to actually understand and learn from such a great source is another. The world needs more Elected.
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If you, like me, discovered this group because of your love for the older Rilo Kiley sound, you will be pleased. It's not the same sound, but all of the parts of the good old Rilo Kiley is there, but now with a few other ingredients. It's unique from Rilo Kiley, but close enough to ensure you'll enjoy it. There is a lot of anger on this album, submerged in usually mellow slow songs, but I find it very good listening.

Hey, and you can't beat the pig on the front of the album...I mean, come on!
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Yes, that sums it up fine. The Senate (or THE ELECTED I guess, as they're now called) disc is a masterpiece from the guy who used to be on a Nickelodeon show titled Salute Your Shorts. I came across this disc by way of the bassist of the record (Daniel Brummel from OZMA) back in April, and I was very skeptical to the sound at first. Lead singer Blake Sennett (guitarist from Rilo Kiley) takes a turn from the pop rock he's used to performing and made a disc of, well, pop folk. The disc hasn't changed much from when I first recieved it in April, only the track order and band name, and that's a good thing. (While I don't really like the new band name!) The cd was near perfect before, there was no reason to change it. Some new synth sounds have been incorporated into the work, thanks to the producer (didn't he do Bright Eyes?), but other than that it is the same flawless folk rock record I first heard almost a whole year ago. If you like The Allman Brothers, Dire Straits, Neil Young, CSN, or Bob Dylan, give this a try; if Me First had been released in the glory days of those artists, it would today be considered a flawless and classic production.
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This is the best album from The Elected, and that is saying a lot since "Sun sun sun" and "Bury me in Rings" are very very VERY good indie/folk albums.
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The Elected's Me First is music that grows on you with every listen. From the first track to the last, you will be amazed.

I'm very much looking forward to the Elected's new release in January, Sun, Sun Sun.
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Blake Sennett is an awesome musician!
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