Silversun Pickups – Neck of the Woods

January 01, 1970

(Dangerbird)

 

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Over
the course of three albums I’ve waited for Silversun Pickups to make a record
that sounded like something fresh and original. Sadly, their latest, Neck of the Woods, is neither. The band
continues to suck from the teat of 1990’s alt-rock; taking most of their
musical cues from bands like Sunny Day Real Estate, Sonic Youth and, most
blatantly, Smashing Pumpkins. On the album the band does jump decades and takes
some tricks from great bands of the 1980s. “The Pit” is straight up New Order
with a dark, brooding, interesting synch driven sound; “Here We Are” is filled
with drum machine sterility and quietly strummed guitar, most likely an attempt to build atmosphere.

 

So if
you’re looking for a record that feeds your need for nostalgia, for a time when
loud/quiet/loud songs ruled the land, then pick up Neck of The Woods. However, if you’re looking for something that’s
groundbreaking, thought provoking, unique and ultimately worth the money, don’t
bother.

 

DOWNLOAD: “Mean Streets,” “The Pit” DANNY
R. PHILLIPS

 

 

 

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