I never had an iPod throughout college so when I went to the gym to TOTALLY SHRED IT UP my pump up music was whatever random stuff was on the radio there. One time I was finishing a set of BR00TAL incline bench and was psyched out and started laughing when an ad said, "Buy the only best collection of holiday tunes for your loved ones: The Josh Grobin Christmas Collection." I almost crushed my face on that one. Anyways, my junior year every day I'd hear one amazing song on Albany's alternative rock station, "Lazy Eye" by Silversun Pickups. The Siamese Dream nostalgia mixed with an earnest if quirky vocal performance won me over day after day as I got HELLA swoll (okay I'll stop now). Their debut LP, Carnavas never found its way onto my playlist because I was afraid they'd be one hit wonders. To make up for my trepidation I made sure to get Swoon as soon as possible to atone. I have been thoroughly impressed. All of the Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine throwbacks are intact and tactful and once again the vocals have given Silversun Pickups their own unique sheen. Swoon is one of those mainstream albums that avoids creating an obvious single because any song on the album could be a respectable radio hit. The only way this album could be more of a pleasant surprise is if "Lazy Eye" hadn't been caught in my head for the entire winter of 06-07.
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