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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Los Angeles alternative rock band was produced by Butch Vig.
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  1. Jun 12, 2019
    80
    Widow’s Weeds may lack the arena-sized atmospherics and anthemic party songs of past Silversun Pickups efforts, but with each additional listen the hooks sink in deeper and the melodies stay longer in your head. It’s catchy, heartfelt, and far less forgettable than…what were those previous two albums named again?
  2. Jun 11, 2019
    70
    With Widow's Weeds, the band hasn't necessarily reinvented their wheel, but there's a deep sense of change and growth, both in personal perspective and potential direction. While it takes time for the album to really sink in, it ends up being one of Silversun Pickups' most emotionally satisfying and cathartic listens.
  3. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 26, 2019
    70
    While the album Widow's Weed has all the usual heavily layered atmospherics, there's an even inkier feel than before. [Summer 2019, p.83]
  4. Jun 11, 2019
    64
    Silversun Pickups’ fifth full-length sees the band craft another very enjoyable alt-rock album, but it’s one that is full of holes. For every catchy melody, they seem to abandon their creative spirit. When they aspire for the stars artistically, they can’t seem to locate their tune sense.
  5. Mojo
    Jun 25, 2019
    60
    Slick and melodic but more Placebo than Pumpkins. [Aug 2019, p.98]
  6. 58
    Widow’s Weeds may very well be the most ambitious album of Silversun Pickups’ catalog. And though it finds the band at their most self-assured with the cleanest, most polished sound of their career, it can also feel rushed, unfocused, hollow, and, worst of all, forgettable. It’s an ambitious, heartfelt album that never becomes the powerful record it was intended to be.
  7. Jun 11, 2019
    49
    Widows’ Weeds contains little in the way of electrifying suspense or carefully-hidden, internalized trinkets—only empty gestures and lazy execution. Nearly 20 years into Silversun Pickups’ existence, we see them for what they are: a little big, a little brooding, but mostly boring.
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  1. Jun 12, 2019
    9
    'Better Nature' was quite the progression for SSPUs, and 'Widow Weeds' is a another advancement in that progression. A definitive different'Better Nature' was quite the progression for SSPUs, and 'Widow Weeds' is a another advancement in that progression. A definitive different feel to the album with the change in producers, but still a very satisfying album that keeps me wanting even more from Silversun Pickups! Expand
  2. Jun 13, 2019
    5
    I've been a Silversun Pickups fan since Carnavas, and absolutely loved their first two albums, while also enjoying their 3rd and 4th releases.I've been a Silversun Pickups fan since Carnavas, and absolutely loved their first two albums, while also enjoying their 3rd and 4th releases. However, having listened to their newest album, I can't help but feel a little bored with the songs. There a few that are worth a second listen, but most feel like bland mainstream efforts, which is a shame considering they always felt different during their breakout years. Overall I feel this album is pretty forgettable, but I will say that Brian Aubert's vocals are the only saving grace. Expand