Album Review: Silversun Pickups ‘Swoon’

Silversun Pickups
Dangerbird Records
United Center, Chicago
Friday, March 12, 2010

Silver Lake, that artsy enclave in Los Angeles, has spawned another musical act that is destined to be around for a long time. Especially if the group – Silversun Pickups – continue to release records like Swoon.

One of the most impressive things about Silversun Pickups is the sheer technical ability of the musicians. It is one thing to be a good musician; it is something all together different to blend four good musicians and create music that is seamless and timeless.

The rhythm section includes Nikki Monninger on bass and Christopher Guanlao on drums. They provide pristine back drop for Brian Aubert’s easy-on-the-ears vocals and his shred-light guitar. Joseph Lester gets lost in the shuffle from time to time, but you would surely miss him if he wasn’t there.

There seems to be no ego here. Just four people with one vision. The true hero of this disc though, is Monninger. She keeps things moving at a buoyant pulse with a metronomic precision. It doesn’t appear that she is trying to steal focus so much as that a consistent bass line is one of their foot prints.

Swoon is a good party record. It might be the perfect party record. It can be played at a low volume behind the clatter and clash that a party creates. It can also be cranked up later in the evening when it’s time to dance. Either way, the band’s 2010 Grammy nomination (Best New Artist) is well deserved. We can look forward to more captivating music from the quartet that will surely make you swoon.

Stand out track:
“Growing Old Is Getting Old”

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