Silversun Pickups were one of the surprise breakthrough
bands of 2006, with a debut album that combined loud, shoegazey guitars with
beautiful melodies and gauzy harmonies. People who said it sounded like
Smashing Pumpkins in their heyday weren’t far off. But it seems that balance of light and dark is
a hard thing to maintain. Eventually, the Pumpkins lost their sunniness and
made music that was pretentious and depressing. Unfortunately, Silversun
Pickups seem to be heading in the same direction.
Swoon is a much
darker album than Carnavas, and the
melodies that kept the songs on their debut afloat simply aren’t there a lot of
the time. Lead single “Panic Switch” and “Sort Of” come closest to capturing
the balance, but other songs simply fall flat. Hopefully it’s just a sophomore
slump for a still-promising band rather than a descent into whatever Billy
Corgan is doing today.
Standout Tracks: “Panic Switch” “There’s No Secrets This Year” HAL BIENSTOCK