OK, sure my dislike of Blake Sennett of Rilo Kiley is a bit unfair. The main reason I have is pure and simple. In Rilo Kiley, Blake time takes away from Jenny time. I didn't grow to love Rilo Kiley for the songs that Blake sings, even to the point that I often skip them for the goodness that is Miss Lewis. When it was announced that Jenny Lewis would be releasing her solo album on the same day as Blake's band the Elected was releasing their album Sun, Sun, Sun, the latter was even less than the faintest bleep on the radar.
But I'm here with a bit of an apology. Even though Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins' new album has been in heavy rotation with me for a month or more, I finally decided to give Blake a shot. Hell- Ringo wasn't much of a songwriter but I loved the Beatles so I gave his solo stuff a chance, right? So I downloaded "The Biggest Star" and gave it a listen... and loved it immediately. Blake's voice is great, the guitar interplay is great, the way it builds to the climax toward the end is great. The back and forth of the guitars midway through the tune had me hooked immediately, reminding me in a lot of ways of that in Desaparecidos (on Rilo Kiley's former label Saddle Creek, of course) only less electrified.
I have the feeling I'll be listening to the Elected's new album a lot in the future, and just as Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins' Rabbit Fur Coat will probably find itself in my favorite albums of the year, I'm hoping for the same from the Elected. No ill feelings, Blake... but please lose that creepy 'stache.
The Elected Official Website
The Elected- the Biggest Star
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On a related note, the video for Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins' "Rise Up With Fists" is available now online- and it's divine. A take-off of Hee-Haw, complete with an appearance from the always awesome Sarah Silverman. Check it out here on Myspace videos.