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Carnavas (Int'l Only Release)

28 May 2007 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 22 May 2007
  • Release Date: 28 May 2007
  • Label: Sire/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2006 Dangerbird Records LLC, exclusively licensed outside North America to WEA International Inc.
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  • Total Length: 55:55
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  • ASIN: B001F0NK24
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,650 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jaf on 1 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
Lots of Smashing Pumpkins comparisons for Silversun Pickups which are valid but the mix of fuzzy basslines, honeysweet vocals and just the right amount of guitar makes this album a joy and a bit of a dark horse. There is a fair amount of variety across the 11 tracks and whilst Smashing Pumpkins spring to mind quickly, scratch the surface and other influences and styles are evident.

For me, there are three absolute standout tracks. The awesome Lazy Eye, built around a driving bassline and layered guitars with a stretched vocal, built to a crescendo then brought back under control. Just an excellent 6 minutes that will reverberate around your mind once you have heard it. Little Lover's So Polite fizzes with fuzz and drips with decadence but underneath it all is a simple pop song. The closer Common Reactor is the third standout track, again a great pop song given a quirky twist.

Silversun Pickups may not be the most original band you will ever hear, but what they do, they do very very well and apparently with great sincerity.

If you are a fan of Smashing Pumpkins, Buffalo Tom, MBV, or anything similar, this record merits further investigation.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Silversun Pickups are definitely classic-grunge revivalists -- much of the time, they sound like gauze-wrapped version of a very solid grunge band. With those nice grimy, twisty riffs, "Carnavas" is a nice, rockin' little debut album with some pleasant creative moments.

It opens with the buzzing basslines and choral voices of "Melatonin," buzzing and murmuring through a moderately epic melody. "She ran into the wall/so sweet and unknown/a worn comatose," Brian Aubert croons in a high, mellow voice that sounds pleasantly Billy Corganish.

But things get harder with the sizzling smash-it-down quality of "Well Thought Out Twinkies," blasting thunderbass over a bed of solid drums. From there, they dabble in other grungey styles -- grimy slow-burners, elusively shimmery rockers, and even a catchy, relatively mellow guitar-pop song or two.

It's easy to compare the Silversun Pickups to the Smashing Pumpkins, but they don't really sound too much like them (especially since there's no "wall of bass" sound here). Their music has a solidarity of its own, and there are moments that hint at future expansion -- epic riffs, the interplay of the instruments, and the haunted air of the whole thing.

Musically, it has some good tight rock rhythms -- sprawling, gauzy, dirty riffs and roiling basslines, paired with smashing drums and a sublte interplay of keyboard and riffs. But some songs dispense with the bass for the time being, and use ethereal, fragile-sounding synth waves instead.

Aubert has a nice, smooth voice that is has a pleasantly androgynous sound, and he never gets buried in the solid rock sound here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Tual on 13 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Remember the days when you had a 'favorite band' and listening to their new release was genuinely exciting? Well the SSPUs brought that feeling back to me. You're still reading this review? You should be buying this CD now (I see it's priced 5,97, a steal!). Heck, buy 2 and give one away!

The energy and creativity coming out of this band is simply phenomenal. I've seen them 4 times live and they just outdo themselves each and every time, if that's even possible. They're simply out of this world, and Carnavas is their strongest release to date.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Hunter VINE VOICE on 25 Jan. 2008
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Ah yes, this is my `alternative' American indie rock album of the 2007. Silversun Pickups come from Los Angeles and have delivered the best guitar noise album of the year by miles. Like a more melodic and less annoying `Smashing Pumpkins', Carnavas is a great record. It's very powerful, kicks some dust and actually has something to say.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. G. Chatterton on 30 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
where to start? easily my album of the year, it mixes great stoner fuzz riffs with buzzing electro sweeps and feedback sonic youth would give their dentures for, along with sweet tunes reminiscent of pumpkins, my bloody valentine and QOSTA, most importantly they aren't afraid of writing a decent tune! The interplay between the band is stunning on Future Foe Scenarios (with its addictive guitar riffs) and waste it on and out synthpop all the young pretenders on Little Lovers), simply if you love any of the bands mentioned this is indespensible. Checkout NOW.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane on 12 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I bought this having only heard 1 track 'Little Lover's so Polite' and am now playing it all the time. The other tracks I think are really good are 'Well Thought out Twinkles' 'Future Foe Scenarios' and 'Lazy Eye'. I wasn't all that sure on the first listen but the good tracks kind of get into your brain and get better and better. I'm surprised it hasn't had more publicity as I think this band have loads of potential. Best played really loud!
(don't know why I keep getting this thing about 'voting buttons' on my reviews - I didn't write it)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Twomey on 25 Sept. 2007
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As usual I ordered the CD on the strength of one single I'd heard on 6music a few times. A lot of the times I do this I'm rewarded by patchy albums with one or two decent songs. This isn't the case with Carnavas - it's a quality album right from start to finish.

The influences are plain to see - from Smashing Pumpkins to Modest Mouse to the grunge bands of the early nineties - but with the seam of quality songwriting and fantastic musicianship running through the CD you can forgive a little derivation.

Well worth a punt.
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