Better Nature

Better Nature is the fourth studio album by Los Angeles alternative rock band Silversun Pickups. The album was produced by Jacknife Lee,[7] and was released on September 25, 2015. It is the first of the band's albums to be released on their own label, New Machine Records; as well as their first to be supported by a Pledgemusic campaign. It is also the group's first album to feature a song under four minutes.[8] The album was announced on July 15, 2015.[9] The lead single for the album, "Nightlight," was released to radio on August 6, 2015. It was accompanied by a music video, directed by Mark Pellington and starring Boardwalk Empire actor Meg Steedle.[10] The album's second single, "Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)," was premiered via The Daily Beast on September 10, 2015.[11] An accompanying video, directed by Scott Weintrob, was released to YouTube and Vevo the following day.[12]

Better Nature
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 25, 2015 (2015-09-25)
Genre
Length51:06
LabelNew Machine
ProducerJacknife Lee
Silversun Pickups chronology
Neck of the Woods
(2012)
Better Nature
(2015)
Widow's Weeds
(2019)
Singles from Better Nature
  1. "Nightlight"
    Released: August 6, 2015
  2. "Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)"
    Released: September 11, 2015
  3. "Latchkey Kids"
    Released: September 30, 2016
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic65/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Absolute Punk8.5/10[3]
Consequence of SoundC-[4]
Sputnikmusic3.5/5 stars[5]
Under The Radar6.5/10[6]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Silversun Pickups.

No.TitleLength
1."Cradle (Better Nature)"5:21
2."Connection"4:33
3."Pins & Needles"4:42
4."Friendly Fires"5:28
5."Nightlight"4:52
6."Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)"3:50
7."Tapedeck"6:02
8."Latchkey Kids"3:42
9."Ragamuffin"6:00
10."The Wild Kind"6:36
Total length:51:06

ReceptionEdit

Better Nature received mostly positive reviews.[by whom?]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 22
US Billboard 200[14] 16

PersonnelEdit

Silversun Pickups
  • Brian Aubert – lead vocals, backing vocals, guitars
  • Nikki Monninger – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals (6), vibraphone (7)
  • Joe Lester – keyboards, synthesizer, sound manipulation, drum machine, sequencer, backing vocals (5)
  • Christopher Guanlao – drums, backing vocals (5-6)
Additional personnel
  • Jacknife Lee – additional keyboards, mixing, production, programming
  • Alan Moulder – mixing

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Better Nature by Silversun Pickups". Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Better Nature - Silversun Pickups - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  3. ^ "chorus.fm". Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Album Review: Silversun Pickups – Better Nature". 25 September 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Review: Silversun Pickups - Better Nature - Sputnikmusic". Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Better Nature". Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  7. ^ Brendan Hornbostel (15 July 2015). "Silversun Pickups announce new album, 'Better Nature,' will be released in September". LA Times. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Silversun Pickups: 'Better Nature' on Pledgemusic". Pledgemusic. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  9. ^ Caitlin White (15 July 2015). "Silversun Pickups Announce New Album Better Nature". Stereogum. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  10. ^ Brian Leak (6 August 2015). "Silversun Pickups release cinematic video for new single, "Nightlight"". Alternative Press. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  11. ^ James Joiner (10 September 2015). "Hear a New Silversun Pickups Track". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  12. ^ Beth Kellmurray (11 September 2015). "Listen to Silversun Pickups' Dreamy New Song, 'Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)'". Diffuser.FM. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Silversun Pickups – Better Nature". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  14. ^ "Silversun Pickups Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 6, 2015.