Silversun Pickups – Swoon Silversun Pickups – Swoon

Silversun-Pickups - Swoon

Silversun-Pickups - Swoon

Smooth but raw, vast but intimate, dark, driving and compelling – Silversun Pickups’ newest release Swoon takes what we miss about 90’s grunge, combines it with what we don’t hate about today’s pop-rock and churns an utterly compelling album. Filled with moody tones and paranoia-inspired tracks such as ‘The Royal We’, ‘Panic Switch’ and ‘Sort Of’ Swoon moves imperceptibly from soft and whimsical to downright gritty and back again. With clear influences from ‘90s icons such as Sonic Youth and The Smashing Pumpkins, almost every song features distorted, engaging guitar riffs at some point. The vocals, while silky and sweet, are saturated with attitudes of both sadness and anger. The drums and bass are sometimes subverted, sometimes relentless exactly when they need to be.

I am usually unimpressed with albums on which the single is the best track. This is not the case with Swoon because the single, ‘Panic Switch’, is definitely my favorite track, but I am extremely impressed nonetheless. This is because there is another rare yet simple quality that I look for in an album, and found in Swoon­ – listenability. While Microsoft Word does not recognize it as a real word, listenability is a very real attribute to any good song, album, artist or genre. Although proclaiming that something is ‘listenable’ may not seem like an extraordinary compliment, when closely considering the average attention span of our society and the average quality of today’s music, it becomes clear that an entire album being listenable from beginning to end, without the listener becoming bored, irritated or nauseous at any point is quite extraordinary. I found this quality in Swoon. Carrying an unwavering edge and shifting gears constantly without ever losing flow, this album is a great listen for anybody and gets better every time you hear it.

The Point: Swoon would not make my list of top all-time albums, but is certainly in my list of top recent albums in any genre. Anyone could listen to this album and either be impressed or indifferent, but it is impossible to hate.

Track Listing:

1. There’s No Secrets This Year

2. The Royal We

3. Growing Old Is Getting Old

4. It’s Nice To Know You Work Alone

5. Panic Switch

6. Draining

7. Sort Of

8. Substitution

9. Catch And Release

10. Surrounded (Or Spiraling)

Silversun Pickups - Swoon, reviewed by Wedsie on 2009-05-02T09:10:51-07:00 rating 4.1 out of 5

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