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The Elected:: Sun Sun Sun (Album Review)

If you’re only going to buy one Rilo Kiley side project this year, make sure it’s, well, Jenny Lewis’ excellent Rabbit Fur Coat. The latest release from guitarist Blake Sennett’s other band, the Elected, isn’t bad, it’s just that it sounds all too familiar. The influence of Elliott Smith looms large in feather-light tracks such as “Not Going Home” and “Fireflies in the Steel Mill,” while the rest of the disc seems to fall into default West Coast country-rock mode, aiming for Neil Young and Gram Parsons but falling short in both hooks and conviction.