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Neck of the Woods

Silversun PickupsVinyl
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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Silversun Pickups is among the most dynamic and creative rock bands of the post-millennial era, hailed far and wide for their inimitable merging of ethereal melodies and pure sonic force. From the indie rock opening salvo of 2005’s “PIKUL” EP to 2012’s visionary “NECK OF THE WOODS,” each successive release has seen the Silverlake, California-based band ... Read more in Amazon's Silversun Pickups Store

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (May 8, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dangerbird
  • ASIN: B007KL8T82
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Skin Graph
2. Make Believe
3. Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)
4. Busy Bees
5. Here We Are (Chancer)
6. Mean Spirits
7. Simmer
8. The Pit
9. Dots and Dashes (Enough Already)
10. Gun-shy Sunshine
11. Out of Breath

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About the Artist

Silversun Pickups is an alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2002. The band comprises Brian Aubert, Nikki Monninger, Christopher Guanlao, and Joe Lester.

Product Description

Double vinyl LP pressing. 2012 release, the third album from Los Angeles fuzz-rockers Silversun Pickups, Neck Of The Woods started with a chance meeting when the band stumbled across Grammy-winning producer Jacknife Lee while recording guest vocals for a Snow Patrol track. But Pickups frontman Brian Aubert is quick to point out that pretty much everything about the album - from producer to studio location right down to its found-photo album art - has been serendipitous. For one example of a happy accident, Aubert was surprised to discover Lee's home studio was smack in the middle of the Topanga Canyon woods, minutes from where the singer grew up. "I hadn't been back in years," he recalls. "I thought it would be fun to walk down my old street. It was like playing with fire a little bit. So much came back that I had forgotten about and it was a really emotional experience. I just realized this place and the feelings I had are still ingrained in me."

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid but needs a little more punch. May 8, 2012
Format:Audio CD
The Silversun Pickups released their 4th album today, their music continuing to evolve and change as they grow as a band. While there are no vast departures from the fuzzy, catchy guitar melodies and Brian Aubert's soft then screamy lyrics, the album shoots for a more measured approach than previous hits. You won't find a hard hitting jam like Well Thought Out Twinkles in this mix, but you'll still enjoy the journey Neck of the Woods takes you on.

The album starts out with some strong songs in Make Believe, Bloody Mary, and Busy Bees. Strong drum and guitar notes carry the listener along a ride of catchy lyrics and upbeat tempos. Mean Spirits, Gun-Shy Sunshine, and Out of Breath are also pretty strong, if lacking a bit in intensity and rawness that I've come to expect a bit with Brian Aubert.

If you're a previous Silversun Pickups fan, I'd suggest listening to this album a couple of times before passing judgment. I found some familiarity with previous Silversun Pickups albums upon repeated listens, and am pleasantly surprised by the overall album. If you give it the time for a complete listen through, you'll enjoy what you hear.

Being a fan since Pikul, there are a couple of drawbacks to this album. First of all, I felt there was a lack of harder hitting/higher intensity songs Silversun Pickups are known for (Well Thought Out Twinkles, Panic Switch). Along with that issue, I found the whole album's sound levels to be a little flatter than normal. Just something my ear picked up when I compared albums.

Overall, I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars. I might expect too much from Silversun sometimes, but they have a trait of putting out awesome songs consistently.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new...but that's not a bad thing. May 14, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Silversun Pickups have always had a grandiose sound. They lift from one of the most grandiose bands of the 90s; the Smashing Pumpkins. Over the course of six years and three long players, Silversun Pickups have taken the big guitars, booming drums and androgynous vocals and refined them down into a laser direct punch that while not particularly original, it feeds a certain craving in generation x that can't be satisfied by the mopier indie 90s revivalists(I'm looking at you, Yuck).

The formula is pretty simple: you take big guitars, extremely loud drums and a 'is it a boy or a girl' vocal delivery. Add vague lyrics and cryptic song titles. Production-wise, give it a murky sheen. Not too pretty, but not too dark. Ambiguous. Music that makes a crowd at First Avenue move somewhere between dance and sway. Preferrably eyes closed and head cocked in a downward motion. This is how a Silversun Pickups show should go. On Silversun's newest album, Neck of the Woods, there's plenty to sway to. Album opener 'Skin Graph' starts out with gentle noise and fuzz, then quickly opens up with drums and quiet guitar. Singer Brian Aubert brings in his usual, but more reserved than normal vocal delivery. Pretty soon guitars grow into a menacing growl and Silversun Pickups deliver on the promise of a rocking new album. And it's full of great moments. 'Make Believe' starts out like Sunny Day Real Estate with manic drums and guitar intertwining before Aubert's nasally whine breaks in and reminds us who we're listening to. 'Bloody Mary(Nerve Endings) has a dreamy Cocteau Twins sound to it. Actually, a lot of Silversun Pickups sounds like some variation of Heaven or Las Vegas.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I think it's very important to know going in that this is a very different band this time around, musically. Neck of the Woods takes some of the dark edge that showed its face a bit on Swoon and expands upon it. The entire CD feels, as singer Bryan Aubert put it so perfectly, like a horror movie, and going with that theme, Neck of the Woods is far less "pretty" than past Pickups albums have been; instead, its far darker and more electronic.

It was something I worried about when I heard Jacknife Lee (Bloc Party) would be producing, and while I'd definitely say that this is not my favorite Pickups album, it's still a cool and absorbing listen with some incredibly awesome songs worthy of the Silversun Pickups name, and probably their best lyrics to date.

The CD opener, Skin Graph, starts it off perfectly, its jarring switches from calm to chaos, along with a very powerful chorus, making for a true rush that the CD takes a little while to top. There's a decent song stuck somewhere inside the 2nd track, Make Believe, but the song could have used some editing to get there. Songs like Mean Spirits, Out of Breath, and Simmer, while they have some cool stuff going on musically, are let down by somewhat underwhelming choruses which lack the infectious hooks that I'd expect from the Pickups. Simmer's another one in particular that could have been tightened up a bit.

But then just when I began to feel disappointed, Neck of the Woods brings things back with The Pit, Dots and Dashes, and Gun-Shy-Sunshine. The Pit's fast-moving and exciting, definitely woke me up after the previous two tracks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
haunting catchy moving excellence
Published 2 months ago by David W. Abbott
5.0 out of 5 stars Music is amazing, but PITA to listen to!
I don't know why they are pressing double records for most releases these days when all the songs could fit on one. I don't want to have to switch the record every 3 songs! Read more
Published 4 months ago by sodamnscott
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love the SSPUs
Vinyl is better for this type of music. The subtle nuances and vibe are great. The packing and vinyl quality are spot-on.
Published 5 months ago by gadget geek
1.0 out of 5 stars Loved their first two albums. This is a huge disappointment.
Loved their first two albums. This is a huge disappointment. Much more electronic and less drive, catchy hooks, all the stuff that makes SSPU awesome.
Published 5 months ago by Cory Hanks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD to pick up.
One of the best CD's I've bought in awhile if you like the Silversun Pickups.

I give it big thumbs up.
Published 6 months ago by David Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Good as the Previous Albums
I love SP but this album is a little different than their previous ones. Less of their characteristic noise/guitar and more electronic.
Published 6 months ago by J
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
Great album. Love these guys. Check em out and u will find that they are addictive. Not sure where they are frm tho.
Published 7 months ago by Rabthol
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these guys(and girl)
This album delivers more than I expected. The tracks are all very engaging, and the writing and words are stellar. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Revan
1.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
The box that the item was shipped in was not damaged but once I opened the box the item I ordered was bent, damaged and the wrapping around it was torn in several places. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Megan Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars good
this c.d. took a bit to get in to. slightly different than the first two, good after it wheres on you. but i hope there next one is better.
Published 9 months ago by JW pepper
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