Me First - The Elected
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  • Summary: Rilo Kiley's Blake Sennett is the mastermind behind this collective, which includes contributions from members of Azure Ray and Ozma and production from Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) and Jimmy Tamborello (DNTEL, Postal Service).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. It's a thing of subversive beauty, a striking debut that's self-assured and captivating. [Mar 2004, p.104]
  2. 83
    Like a Postal Service for hippies living off the grid. [May 2004, p.108]
  3. He may not be the first to mix the bucolic with the mechanic, and God knows he won’t be the last, but here all the symptoms of overexposure sink under the unassuming grace of his gifts.
  4. The mournful harmonies and orchestral sweetening on some tracks... spread a seductively decadent sheen over the oddly uplifting proceedings. [27 Feb 2004, p.98]
  5. 70
    A casual, mostly charming sketchbook of diffident alt-country laments. [Mar 2004, p.116]
  6. The overall sonic experiment succeeds, but the songs never quite attain the level of some of the band's influences.
  7. Peppered with dissatisfying, mommy-daddy emotastic lyrics, Jeff Tweedy impressions, and Four Tet-inspired, stop-on-a-dime, into-something-totally-unrelated segues that don't really belong on a country-twinged "let's hang out, drink, and make a record, dudes" kind of affair.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. NickeyM
    Apr 8, 2004
    10
    I love this album. I love Rilo Kiley, and when I heard that Blake Sennet was doing this side project, I knew that I would love it. And I do.
  2. bearcrash
    Jun 7, 2004
    10
    the entire album is amazing. every single track is beautiful. im in love.
  3. merriamwebster
    Aug 25, 2004
    10
    one word awesome
  4. johnM
    Jun 9, 2004
    9
    A great album.