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Oceania

18 Jun 2012

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  • Original Release Date: 18 Jun 2012
  • Release Date: 18 Jun 2012
  • Label: Martha's Music, LLC
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Martha's Music, LLC
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  • Total Length: 1:00:03
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  • ASIN: B0087DAZQG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,293 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By James Long on 23 Jun 2012
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Until recently I wished that Billy Corgan had never reformed the Smashing Pumpkins. As a die-hard fan, the mediocrity of Zeitgeist was hard to stomach - but not half as hard as the forgettable Teargarden material that followed. Only 'The Rose March' off the American Gothic EP hinted that Corgan still had the ability to pen a good song, but even then the rest of that EP was disappointing. With each new offering, I became more and more convinced that Corgan's creative juices had run dry.

Then along came Oceania, and Corgan's claim that it was the best thing he'd done since Mellon Collie. I bought the album more in hope than expectation, deliberately ignoring the growing buzz and the free availability of the tracks online. I went in almost totally cold (I'd heard a bit of My Love Is Winter six months before, but that was the only exposure I had).

I was promptly blown away. Corgan is right: this *is* the best thing he's done since Mellon Collie.

Stylistically Oceania contains hints of earlier albums; a touch of Gish's psychedelia, a bit of Siamese Dream's sonic fuzz, some of Mellon Collie's poetry and a few of the electronic beats and loops of Adore (thankfully there's none of Zeitgeist in there). There's even a touch of Zwan about it (Corgan's ill-fated post-Pumpkins band). Yet the end result is an album that sounds completely unique; it's unquestionably a Smashing Pumpkins album, but it feels different. It feels fresh - a new start, a rebirth.

Oceania mixes quite a few different styles. Quasar is a stomping rocker, a throwback to the Gish/Siamese Dream days. The Celestials showcases the classic soft/heavy dynamic that has always been the Pumpkins' trademark.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Oct 2012
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Being an album within an album, the 13 song "Oceania" is extracted from the far bigger, still unreleased 44 song "Teargarden by Kaliedoscope" : Billy, where the hell do you find these titles? This is absurd.

Being the first Pumpkins record without Jimmy Chamberlain on drums, the Pumpkins are now, to be strict, an extension of Corgans solo identity in the rock format. Less than the traditional idea of a band, more than a solo project, The Pumpkins of 2012 are now - 25 years on - a weird prospect : much like other bands of ever rotating members - where the identity sits not in people, but in sounds and rhythms. Would you know that this lineup shares only one person with the band that recorded 2000's "Machines Of God"? Would you care? When you're in the crowd of the London O2, or the Seattle Dome, or whereever, it might be irrelevant. At least one person told me they saw Pink Floyd performing "The Wall" last year, even though not one member of the final Floyd lineup was present.

"Quasar" opens : rampaging, angry rhythms, rolling bass, growling guitars. This is how Corgan does it. The lyrics are the usual stuff : questioning, semi-sixth form poetry (not that this is a bad thing), but also spiritually stuck, dealing with the same concerns and issues he was twenty years ago. Sonically there is not much progression - and this is no bad thing either. When the template is at a certain standard, there is little refinement to make. The production is clear and dynamic with slight compression in the mastering. Whilst lacking in killer hits that are instant setlist classics, there are 13 solid songs

To be blunt though, I started to get bored on first listen.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P H. Moore on 18 Jun 2012
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OK, so I am a HUGE Pumpkins fan, and have been a fan since I first heard Mellon Collie in 1995. That album blew me away, and they became my favorite band instantly. Since then I have bought everything I could find including all albums, demos, dvds, unreleased stuff, live albums etc. And for me every album is a 5 star album apart from Adore (4 stars) and the disappointing Zeitgeist (3 stars.) And so after Zeitgeist I had fairly low expectations for Oceania. I didn't enjoy previous Teargarden releases, and it seemed to me that the band's best day's were behind them. Billy has reinvented the band with new members after Jimmy Chamberlin left, including an excellent young drummer Mike Byrne. First of all Oceania sounds like a proper Smashing Pumpkins album. Billy has taken inspiration from his previous Pumpkins albums and somehow mixed them all together to make something new, but at the same time recognizable as the Smashing Pumpkins. Back is the emotion of Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie, back are the synth's from Adore. Back is the psychedelia of Gish etc. Yes Corgan has really brought the focus back with the new line-up. Oceania may not be a Mellon-Collie, but it is a very solid album. I have listened through the album 6 or so times so far and I am surprised at just how good it is. Oceania comfortably sits alongside other classic albums like Machina, Gish, and Pisces Iscariot as a very good Smashing Pumpkins album. And let's be honest, who saw that coming? I didn't!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amillionmiles on 12 Aug 2012
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The Smashing Pumpkins gained most of their success in the 90's with critically acclaimed recordings such as "Siamese Dream" and the double album "Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness". They split up in 2000 and then, minus several original band members, they reformed to create "Zeitgeist" which received very mixed reactions from fans. However, 5 years later, "Oceania" shows a return to form for The Smashing Pumpkins and is a very interesting, diverse and well written album.

"Quasar" is a great opener with powerful elecric guitars, a strong melody and those distinctive vocals from Billy Corgan. "Panopticon" follows in the same vein with an equal amount of vehemance and angst. The following track "The Celestials" is a fantastic track with great vocals, a dark and infectious melody and sombre arrangements making it the first highlight of the album. "Violet Rays" is another gem of a song with a stomping anthemic chorus and is the second highlight. The third highlight "My Love Is Winter" is just as addictive, but is more radio friendly and has a stronger Pop influence. "One Diamond, One Heart" is another catchy number with layered synthesisers reminiscent of the 80's Pop culture. "Pinwheels" is a Pop Rock ballad with an atmospheric and acoustic feel to it and the lengthy title track "Oceania" is a song filled with changes in tempo and arrangements, similar in composition to a concerto. The haunting "Pale Horse" has a heavy rhythm and a wonderful anthemic guitar and piano led chorus making it the fourth highlight. "The Chimera" is the fifth and final highlight and has a great energy combined with a stomping electric guitar led chorus and a fantastic melody - it is possibly one of the best songs Mr Corgan has composed.
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