"Swoon" by Silversun Pickups

Silversun Pickups
Swoon

Dangerbird Records
2009

Review

Subliminally catchy and unforgettable if you let it be.

Let's get this out of the way before we start and acknowledge the fact that singer Brian Aubert is a dude and that when I first heard of the Silversun Pickups, I wasn't sure as to the sex of the singer. Let us also acknowledge that for some people perhaps the voice may be a turn-off. Mainly because of that, I think that some people may enjoy the Silversun Pickups more than others. I'm in the camp of I enjoy it a lot (um, obviously) because I am a fan of heavily distorted guitars, taut and crisp drumming, seemingly impenetrable lyrics and haunting bass-lines. And yeah, I can dig on the man's voice. It is different but hey, they put a song from this album in Rock Band 2, so it can't be all bad!

Everything that worked well on their previous release still works well here. I don't think that they really mixed it up too much in terms of their sound but since I wasn't tired of what they do I welcomed it again here. The lyrics remain abstract and poetic and the themes still carry a touch of darkness that suits the distortion just fine.

There's either a trend towards bringing the heavy on the second album of the Rock records I've been recommending or I'm just attracted to heavy music right now. Either way, I think the first single of this album "Panic Switch" probably represents the apex of the heavy on the album. Though, even the quieter songs build toward big crescendos before calming down again ("Draining").

Standout tracks for me are "It's Nice To Know You Work Alone", "Panic Switch", and "Sort Of"

Again, I feel like this band is going to be hit or miss with people, and that's ok. I think though that their songs have a way of sneaking up on you. Just listen to them and don't try to understand everything at first. You have to let the songs work on you subliminally. Before you know it, you will start to feel that their songs will take a hold of you like the most obvious infectious radio melody - only with a lot more staying power and a hell of a lot less suck.

Or not.

All I know is I played the hell out of this album and pretty much loved every single track. I know a lot of you adventurous types out there will do the same.

4.900 out of 5

Track Ratings

1. There's No Secrets This Year (05:33) 4
2. The Royal We (04:47) 5
3. Growing Old Is Getting Old (05:53) 5
4. It's Nice to Know You Work Alone (04:46) 5
5. Panic Switch (05:43) 5
6. Draining (04:55) 5
7. Sort Of (05:27) 5
8. Substitution (04:41) 5
9. Catch and Release (04:39) 5
10. Surrounded (Or Spiraling) (04:45) 5