Swoon review by Silversun Pickups

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  • Released: Apr 14, 2009
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.1 (45 votes)
Silversun Pickups: Swoon

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.

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    volcom me too. Even though they say that Carnavas was repetitive, it was awesome.
    first time around didn't like it, second go I thought it was amazing
    Even though this album may not sound like carnavas... in the long run, wouldnt you like an album that shows a little change. personally i do. just how the smashing pumpkins did! one minute it was thrashing alt-rock guitars, the next, it was calm pianos and string arrangements. variety is good!
    Bought this album yesterday along with an MGMT cd...the first cd of SSPU it took me a couple of throughs to get to love it as one of the best, i'm guessing the same will happen for Swoon....It does show their musical genius
    Great album. Very catchy. My favorite songs so far are panic switch and royal we. Good to chill to.
    This album most definitely grows on you. I think you probably wouldn't be fit to write a review if you just listened to it once, it takes more than that to catch it all and fully appreciate it.
    sketchy z
    ya, as most people said, at first i was like meh, and started listening to carnavas again. but then slowly the album grew on me, the royal we and sort of are my favorite songs off of swoon
    It took a while to get into this album. But after multiple listens, it blows Carnavas out of the water. The ideas, lyrics, guitar work, and just overall feeling of each song is wonderful. Even songs I don't like, like Growing old is getting old and The Royal We, do have there strong points. Overall a very good album
    One of the best follow-ups to a great first album! Carnavas was very mellow and chill, but Swoon shows the more aggressive and "rock-harder" side of SSPU. Usually bands that have a very successful first album has a disappointing follow-up, but I was proven wrong and was glad to have been.
    I think it feels more in the light whereas Carnavas felt more like it was hiding, never the less, both albums are fantastic.
    Brian has the strangest voice ever, It took me about 3 months to realize the bassist, Niki, wasn't usually singing, Brain was. He sounds like a chick, that being said "Lazy Eye" is one of my favorite songs ever, and "Panic Switch" is great, can't wait to hear this.
    This album just was too much of the same for me, not progressive enough. Maybe it will grow on me but I found it horribly repetitive.
    soo it dosent sounds like the smashing pumpkings anymore? I never bought the first album i liked the singles but nothing out of the ordinary,it just sounded way too much like SP ps:SRY FOR MY ENGLIS SECOND LENGUAGE
    I def prefer Carnavas, by a long shot... although I wasn't crazy about Carnavas at first but it grew on me...
    mroyboy, give it a little while. i thought the same when i first listened, but now i think it's as good if not better than carnavas. Great album!
    swaxq123 wrote: I haven't stopped listening to this album. I think it's definitely an improvement on their first. The faster heavier songs definitely show a different side to them but they've still kept the melodic drive in their music which made carnavas so good. Bring on a UK tour
    here here! i love SSPU i want this so much!
    so far im disappointed. When I first popped in Carnavas there were so many songs that just jumped out at me (Melatonin, Well Thought Out Twinkles, Little Lover's So Polite, Future Foe Scenarios and Lazy Eye). So far nothing has jumped out at me
    i like it better than carnavas because musically i think it is easier to listen to because they lightened up on the lyrical complexity a bit. not that the lyrics are bad on any of the songs but it allows them to make better music. a good follow up to carnavas that shows gorwth in some areas but not a huge departure by any means.
    I haven't stopped listening to this album. I think it's definitely an improvement on their first. The faster heavier songs definitely show a different side to them but they've still kept the melodic drive in their music which made carnavas so good. Bring on a UK tour