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Swoon, Silversun Pickups :: *(4.0/5.0)
SWOONThis is an In-Store Play at the Bookstore. And it's purely on the strength of the first single that I listened to this album...

Good all around rock, but there are moments of over-bloated production, especially in the intro's of a couple of songs — keyboards and sound effects. Just get to the guitars already!

Pretty good riffs and guitar tones — nice fuzz. Drumming has a good solid groove. Really tight with the bass. And you put it all together with the soft vocals, you can't help but hear a bit of the Smashing Pumpkins. They've even got it down to having a female bass player, and having the same initials for their band name... There's a part of me asking myself: "Why would I listen to these guys when I could just hear the Real Thing?" Or I make the joke: "You know, I liked these guys a whole lot better when they were called the 'Smashing Pumpkins'."

But then again, Smashing Pumpkins don't really exist anymore — at least since Billy Corgan went insane... A shell of their former selves, charging rent for that empty space.

When they hit it with a good song, they really get me. The problem is, this album is pretty uneven — mostly because of the production and I mentioned earlier... It adds a little bit, but I'm sure if given the chance to just stand on its own strength of Rawk, that this would go from a Pretty Good album, to an Almost Awesome one.... There are some songs that really feel like filler, and this could have been a really focused pop record if they were just left out.

I have a feeling that there's a better album in them that they just need a little time to get to. Never heard any previous work of theirs, but I always remember hearing about them and just having a vibe of not liking them. I think maybe because I had them confused with some other band.

Favorite Tracks: "It's Nice To Know You Work Alone", "Panic Switch", "Substitution", "Surrounded" and "There's No Secrets This Year"...

**Bonus video of them playing a couple of songs, because these aren't the most attractive looking bunch of rockers out there, but you can't deny that sound: Link to Stereogum

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