Silversun Pickups - Swoon (3 stars)

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Silversun Pickups - Swoon

(Dangerbird/Warners)

ROCK

With album number two California’s Silversun Pickups certainly won’t be shaking those Smashing Pumpkins comparisons. Especially in the higher registers Brian Aubert’s vocals take on a Billy Corgan whine. But is that necessarily a bad thing? Paying homage to the celestial grunge of their forefathers (as well as shades of My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth) rather than bowing down as slavish copyists, The Pickups stick to a formula of hazy lolloping guitar fuzz. There’s also lurking depth as tracks cascade into blurred shimmering riffs, yelped histrionics and heavy hooks. It might be a bit one note, but at least it’s a good note.

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