BY LEE ZIMMERMAN
Though it could hardly be considered a greatest hits package in the truest sense, The Singles Collection does offer the Silversun Pickups an opportunity to consolidate the gains they’ve made thus far. While the band still lingers slightly below the surface, it has achieved sufficient buzz to qualify them as a band on the verge, one whose name can be dropped in any conversation where hipper ensembles are mentioned.
Indeed, their sound provides an intriguing combination of melody and mayhem, one that brings to mind such musical forebears as the Foo Fighters, Sugar, the Psychedelic Furs, the Buzzcocks, the Smashing Pumpkins, and Husker Du. Granted, their driving delivery can sometimes seem ominous at first, but eventually it reveals a soft interior that’s at least accessible, if not always endearing. It’s a steadfast pulse that powers songs such as “Kissing Families,” “Lazy Eye,” “Well Thought Out Twinkles,” “Substitution” and “The Royal We,” and even when the pace falters, there are danceable rhythms to take over. The fuzz and feedback of “Little Lover’s So Polite” best exemplifies their edgy MO, and as a result, those that tend to teeter between angst and exhilaration will likely find these “Singles” steady and consistent.
DOWNLIGHT: “Kissing Families,” “Little Lover’s So Polite”