Sound — 9
Ah, Silversun Pickups. If you heard their last album you know that it was one of those albums you popped in and relaxed to, with deep lyrics and soft melodic riffs that picked up every now and then. When you pop in Swoon for the first time, you know your in for a different ride. Faster guitar riffs, catchier lyrics, and a whole different presentation of the music show how much this band has grown since Carnavas. Songs such as There's No Secrets This Year and Panic Switch show the new, faster songs while Growing Old Is Getting Old and Draining have those slow, chill songs people grew to love, which let people enjoy the new while still getting some of the good old sound.
Lyrics — 10
One of the most impressive things about the band are the lyrics and how Brian presents them in each song. On the old album the lyrics gave a powerful impression, and the new album improves on that. With the more upbeat tone and the catchy flow, the lyrics stick more and you will see yourself singing to a few of these songs. The powerful lyrics mixed with the psychedelic music just makes the band stick, and none of the songs get boring.
Overall Impression — 9
A lot of people compared the band to The Smashing Pumpkins, and I hope this album shows that they are their own type of music. The way they transitioned from Carnavas to Swoon is just so amazingly well done that you can't help but say hey, this band is going to be something big someday. Songs like Substitution and There's No Secrets This Year will keep you hooked, while the rest of the songs will keep you wanting more from this band. There is no disappointments in the album, it shows how much the band has grew and how much potential they have. If you don't buy this album you are totally missing out on a great band with a lot to offer.