Bury Me in My Rings

  • Record Label: Vagrant
  • Release Date: May 17, 2011
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. 80
    The Elected's pop sensibilities are in full throttle for 42 minutes of glistening '70s AM bliss that never sacrifice the thoughtful melancholia that has always characterized Sennett's lyrics.
  2. May 23, 2011
    80
    Not only is Bury Me in My Rings a pleasant segue into warmer seasons, it also serves as a reminder that there are more Rilo Kiley members besides Jenny Lewis worth keeping tabs on.
  3. May 23, 2011
    80
    It's nice to see him in the driver's seat once again, proving he's much more than a chauffeur for someone else's career.
  4. May 23, 2011
    76
    Its over-the-top nature proves one thing-Bury Me in My Rings is at its best when Sennett and company stick to their specialty: breezy, sturdy, meticulously crafted pop. More often than not, they do just that.
  5. May 31, 2011
    73
    So, yeah, Bury Me in My Rings is yearning indie pop, sometimes overwrought, sometimes appealing in its dorkiness.
  6. Jul 11, 2011
    70
    Bury Me in My Rings doesn't exactly plow new sonic territory, yet it's a perfect album to listen to for a few weeks during the summer and then completely forget about until next year.
  7. Alternative Press
    May 23, 2011
    70
    Some of Bury Me In My Rings lacks gravity, but Sennett finds emotional weight on acoustic "Jailbird" and album standout "Born To Love You." [Jun 2011, p.107]
  8. Jul 14, 2011
    60
    Even though I'm not praising the comeback album in a Grammy winning category, I think many are simply pleased with the fact that Blake Sennett put down the scuba gear and got back in the game where he belongs. Welcome back, buddy.
  9. Jun 2, 2011
    60
    The countrypolitan aspirations of Bury Me often make it sound hollow--there's a basis in roots music, but it isn't "rootsy" by any stretch. Instead, the clean-shaven guitars, pedal steels, and violins (not fiddles) achieve an eerie minimalism.
  10. May 23, 2011
    60
    Sennett's overwhelming perfectionism, his pursuit for the ideal pop song, is just as likely to submerge him in soft rock cliches and painfully obtuse lyricism as it is likely to lead him to an aces country-rock tune that sounds like the best song Fleetwood Mac never made.
  11. May 24, 2011
    50
    While the band's previous record, Sun, Sun, Sun, was a pleasant and occasionally inspired set of summer pop, Bury Me in My Rings plays too fast and loose with its genre pastiches and is a scattershot affair as a result.
  12. Under The Radar
    May 27, 2011
    40
    here, Sennett clings to the cutesy indie-pop formula of the early 2000s, like a security blanket, once again adopting the precious pupy0eyed affect he probably should have outgrown by now. [May 2011, p.77]

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