As every musician and music lover will agree, the dreaded Sophomore Slump is something to be feared by all. No one is exempt and it can strike without notice or fore warning. Luckily Silversun Pickups were able to dodge this dream killer on their newly released Swoon that hits music stores today via Dangerbird Records.
This album has obviously been on my radar for the last two months and I am happy to say that it was well worth the wait. The Pickups use the same formula of heavily distorted, crunching guitar licks and the whiny (in a good way) voice of Brian Aubert on Swoon as they did on Carnavas but in a more successful, experienced and pleasing way this time around. While Carnavas is a fantastic album and was on my top ten list of 2006, Swoon is a much more well rounded release as a whole.
The album starts off with the signature distorted guitars that are reminiscent of Muse’s Stockhlom Syndrome and doesn’t let up until the final minute. Aubert’s vocals range from the soft and serious to the strained screams that I have come to look forward to in each song. With a track average length of over five minutes, the Pickups use this time wisely and never feel as though the length is pushed or fluffed with filler. Each minute and measure are well thought out and fit to the point that the song wouldn’t be the same without it.
My conclusion of this album is that it will be appearing on my top ten list for 2009 and I will be purchasing it at my earliest convinience and you should too.