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This review is from: Carnavas [Int'L Only Release] (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.