An album that sticks with you
Posted by: Kirk from: Northern NJ on
Execution Of All Things is one of the albums that defined early 2000's pop-folk. It's cynical, desperate, and at times even hopeful. There is a population of twenty-somethings that will burst into tears just hearing Better Son/ Daughter or With Arms Outstretched.
Lyrically and melodically, this album is top-notch. Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett have unmistakable voices Execution was part of Saddle Creek's excellent early 2000's line-up. Many bands on that label grew incestuous, and guested on each other's albums. If you liked Bright Eyes' album "Lifted," then you'll love Execution Of All Things.
The few bad things about the album are almost entirely negligible. Some people don't like Blake's three songs as much as Jenny's, but you warm up to them fast. If you want your pop music shallow or simple, this isn't the album for you. The worst thing is that you'll love this album, and they've gone downhill from here. Rilo Kiley joined the Warner Brothers label for their next two albums, and their music has gotten more big-label poppy and less emotional. Jenny's solo album and Blake's band The Elected are both wonderful though.
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