Bury Me in My Rings - Vagrant
FILTER Grade: 85%
By Tamara Vallejos on May 18, 2011
Do you remember when Rilo Kiley guitarist Blake Sennett dabbled with side project The Elected? Not really? Yeah, it’s been a while. Five years, in fact. But Sennett is back with a third Elected album, Bury Me in My Rings—an unexpected treat, considering the former child actor had earlier decided to swap songwriting for screenwriting. The summery relaxation of 2006’s Sun, Sun, Sun is still present on this new effort, but whereas Sun had an alt-country twang, Bury is informed by all sorts of ’70s California pop. And though that means Sennett’s latest effort is innately derivative, that fact shouldn’t take away from the bouncy, feelgood nature of R&B-influenced “Babyface” or the soothing beachside vibe of lap steel and ukulele on “Trip Round the World.” 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.