Close your eyes. Conjure up an Elliott Smith song, preferably something from the XO era. Now imagine your Elliott Smith on 100 milligrams of Prozac... while he's on vacation...in Hawaii...sipping a daiquiri. Did you remember to replace his guitar with lap-steel? Excellent. You now have an accurate impression of the Elected's new album, Sun Sun Sun. Blake Sennett's gentle optimism rises to new heights on this sophomore effort, which has a twangy take on everything from doo-wop to Merseybeat. While the album isn't touted as conceptual, it boasts a seamless and natural arc from morning (the eye-rubbing, heart-lifting invitational "Would You Come with Me") to midday (the Gene Vincent-meets-Danny Zuko, jukebox-ready "Did Me Good") to evening (the last-dance-melancholy "Biggest Star"), until it closes with the quiet, ukulele-driven "At Home (Time Unknown)." With music as bright as its thrice-repeated title suggests, I daresay Sun could have cured even Elliott Smith's depression.
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