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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine pikul, 6 April 2007
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This review is from: Pikul (Audio CD)
Before their debut album, the Silversun Pickups debuted their retrogrunge sound in the "Pikul" EP. Basically this EP does what it's supposed to do -- shows off their style, presents a bunch of excellent songs, and introduces listeners to the Angeleno rockers' grimy, creative rock'n'roll.

It kicks off with one of their poppier songs, "Kissing Families," which blossoms out into a delicious rock song. "It's no wonder that we did it this way/Kept looking forward on paths sideways/It's everything that's connected and beautiful/And now I know just where I stand."

Things speed up even more with the ominous, fast-moving "Comeback Kid," which sounds like a budding hard-rocker. But then they try out some other sounds, not just the hard rock -- a song ruled by lots of clashing cymbals, slow-moving guitar ballads, and some ominous Radioheadish atmosphere over solid riffs and drums.

Basically, don't expect it to sound just like their full-length debut, "Carnavas." "Pikul" is softer and more atmospheric, but still with the hard-rock sound that they're known for. It's not as confident and hard, but there's still plenty of talent and range here.

They have a lot of mingled electric and acoustic guitar, with some drums that can smash or gently rat-a-tat. And there's lots of hard buzzing bass that builds up to grinding walls-o'-sound, and some thick mats of foggy keyboard, which gives a slightly psychedelic flair to their catchy, rawboned melodies.

Brian Aubert often gets compared to Billy Corgan, probably because (like Corgan) he has a rather high voice and some very bittersweetly evocative lyrics. His vocals are pretty good -- a bit androgynous sounding, but melodic and smooth -- and while some songs are too simplistically written, there are seeds of greatness in others. "There are twenty-four parts in a day/That divides me from you..."

In "Pikul," the Silversun Pickups sound like they're stretching their wings, and getting to know their own sound. Not all of it got used later, but it shows that they have plenty of room to expand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pick up Pikul, 28 Jan. 2013
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A small but perfectly formed album which captures the essence of the band's music but without some of the meanderings which feature in their other CD's. Very well recorded and some great tunes make for a very satisfying listen.
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