Sun, Sun, Sun

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Jan 24, 2006
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. The sunshiny pop of Sun, Sun, Sun is more magical in comparison to Me First. It features some of Sennett's most brilliant work to date, and the band's overall summery sound is much more cohesive here.
  2. The songs are all melodic, and somewhat alluring in how they build sunshine from twinkling pianos, tambourines, and campfire guitars. But they tend to wash away together, under one big, bright sunbeam.
  3. Sun, Sun, Sun is a modern pop simulacrum of traditional country, devoid of the electro accents that pocked the last Elected record, pretty delectable as long as you've a strong taste for ham.
  4. Uncut
    60
    Some of it sounds like coffee-shop background fodder. [Apr 2006, p.96]
  5. Q Magazine
    60
    Full of blissful harmonies that glide by one after another. [Mar 2006, p.107]
  6. Takes Rilo's bright romance to a dreamy L.A.-rock extreme.
  7. Under The Radar
    70
    An album of depth, emotion, and grandiosity as big as the American heartland. [#12, p.91]
  8. Spin
    58
    It's weird how this spiral of genial melodic plaints can sound so weak and self-pitying when it's sung by a pushy dude and not a smart, empathetic woman with a voice. [Feb 2006, p.87]
  9. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    With its airy harmonies, nature narrative, and weeping slide guitars, Sun is the sound of a kid with his feet on Hollywood Boulevard and his head in the Sierras. [3 Feb 2006, p.70]
  10. Alternative Press
    60
    Contains three best-of-year-brilliant songs. [Mar 2006, p.124]
  11. Paste Magazine
    80
    The kind of album that might not make year-end lists, but just might make your year. [Feb/Mar 2006, p.109]
  12. At its best, The Elected offers moments of quirky intrigue – a brassy horn here, a hidden banjo there – reminiscent of the Long Winters' chamber-pop, but in general it's a bit too safe.
  13. Schmaltziness is the only real pitfall here.
  14. Sun, Sun, Sun is a likeable enough album, sure, but it leaves only the most faint of impressions.
  15. Magnet
    60
    Like [Bright Eyes'] Conor Oberst, Sennett teeters between precious and wild. [#70, p.94]
  16. When the songs are spare nothing feels left out, and when they're grandiosely band-heavy not one harmony or piano fill comes off as pilled on.
  17. Blender
    60
    These amply melodic songs offer a style manual of orchestral pop and twinkly genre touches. [Mar 2006, p.112]
  18. Sennett's lilting accusations resemble buddy Conor Oberst minus the anti-Bush venom, but the homogeneous honesty, resplendent on "Not Going Home," ultimately grows tedious.
  19. Billboard
    60
    There is an easy-listening elegance to his songs, but the album plays out like a soundtrack to sipping coffee. [28 Jan 2006]
  20. While Sennett is often compared to Elliott Smith, at least vocally, there’s far more Badly Drawn Boy in his persona; his voice warbles meekly about waking up with the sun, eating butter, and smiling oceans, even while the egotism lingers.
  21. The music itself isn’t quite as bad as the singing, but it still lacks the sincerity needed to keep Sun, Sun, Sun from sounding like a collection of Eagles’ outtakes.
  22. Blake Sennett’s second album with The Elected is more magical and limitless than his first and reminds us why we love his projects in the first place.
  23. Even though it's downright schmaltzy at times, Sun, Sun, Sun is such a warm, inviting record that I've found myself going back to it time after time.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Mar 15, 2011
    8
    Sun, Sun, Sun is a really good album. Every track sounds wonderful. Very heartfelt album. Blake Sennet's vocals are really smooth and amazing.Sun, Sun, Sun is a really good album. Every track sounds wonderful. Very heartfelt album. Blake Sennet's vocals are really smooth and amazing. I highly enjoyed this album for what it was. B+ Full Review »
  2. drewc
    Apr 19, 2007
    10
    completely different direction than "me first" but just as lovely - if not more! biggest star is simply put, the best elected song ever completely different direction than "me first" but just as lovely - if not more! biggest star is simply put, the best elected song ever recorded. this album is terrific! Full Review »
  3. DimitrisC
    Jan 9, 2007
    10
    One of the best feel good albums of 2006. Highly recommended and highly addictive!!!