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Silversun Pickups: SwoonSwoon (2009)
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: JeloneJelone
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Usually when a band repeats itself on an album, it admits to creative bankruptcy. When Silversun Pickups do it, they’re exploring their sound’s borders. Part-amorphous/androgynous shoegaze by way of Autolux or Ride, part-triumphant guitar rock circa Smashing Pumpkins, Silversun Pickups effectively remade their 2006 sleeper hit Carnavas and called it this year’s Swoon. Guitarist Brian Aubert and bassist Nikki Monninger still trade ethereal, interchangeable vocals. Drummer Chris Guanlao still pounds out monotonous drum beats, adding some psychedelic stomp to the songs’ drone. And keyboardist Joe Lester is still the band’s secret centerpiece, filling in gaps in guitar work with ambient lines. Though Swoon never provides anything as immediate and touching as Carnavas’ big hit “Lazy Eye,” it does offer 10 more reasons to love the band’s ambient alternative rock. This time with strings! A style this good bears repeating.
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