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|1. Doomsday Clock|
|2. 7 Shades Of Black|
|3. Bleeding The Orchid|
|4. That's The Way [My Love Is]|
|7. United States|
|9. Bring The Light|
|10. [Come On] Let's Go!|
|11. For God And Country|
|12. Pomp And Circumstances|
Chief Pumpkin Billy Corgan seemed to be a grunge Morissey in the early 90s, massively talented but despised and revered in equal measure. Was he the saviour of rock or just a monumentally precious, whining tosser, guilty of taking himself far too seriously and seemingly bereft of any recognisable sense of humour?
Like the po-faced Manchunian Smiths man, Corgan was both. Again, just like The Smiths man, after his band disbanded, his latter work palled into significance compared to his earlier triumphs.
So years after Billy's ill-fated Zwan project, Chicago Billy is back, head still shaven and still looking like Uncle Fester's guitar-wielding twin.
Guitarist James Iha and bassist Darcy were not invited back for the big reunion, or maybe they just laughed out loud when they heard the title of this LP, the band's sixth but first with just drummer Jimmy Chamberlain and Corgan as the only original members.
Zeitgeist? Why not just call your LP 'Showing off on Facebook', 'Complaining about reality TV', or 'Download the best songs', all equally stupid but utterly now titles.
Still, at least the music pummels away with no mercy, like a rabid boxer or an annoying child next to you on the bus. ''Doomsday Clock'' kicks off the record and it is fiercely, brilliantly intense rock, the like of which even the Pumpkins themselves haven't really managed since ''Quiet'' booted the hell out of their breakout album, Siamese Dream.
Ex heroin-addict Chamberlain is still a drummer not to be trifled with, and there will be moments when listeners may wonder, like on the taut, puncturing ''7 Shades Of Black'', how exactly the former jazz drummer hits his snares that hard without his elbows disintegrating into dust. Top work, fella.
Skinhead Bill still sings in the same vampiric croak and yes, still bangs on histrionically about how sad it is to be a millionaire rock-star. But even that can't hide the fact that this tightly-produced slab of angst is not just a return to form for the world's favourite vegetable band but a stonking rock album in its own right. Now back to Illinois with you, and don't show your face round here 'til you've learnt some jokes. --Louella Deville
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"911 COMING! CRUSH DOWN CRUSH DOWN???? 911 COMING! CRUSH DOWN CRUSH DOWN"???? WROST ALBUM EVER!!!!Published 11 months ago by .
A lot of the "pumpkins" albums are a bit hit and miss,this album is a good all round listen."Doomsday Clock " is a stormer of an opener for the album. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mr. A. T. Clarke [Welsh Dragon}
It's not Siamese Dream or Mellon Collie, it's a different album, get over it.....now that's cleared up, on to my short review. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Johnny Fluff
I love The Smashing Pumpkins, this is probably one of my favourite albums. Definitely would recommend it to anyone that has or hasn't listened to them.Published 19 months ago by Joadz
It may be cheap, but it is a Pumpkins disaster unfortunately. Sounds like a mess, and not even a shadow of their songwriting genius evident on 'Mellon...' and 'Siamese... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kieron Hegarty
Great CD with some classic Smashing Pumpkins tunes on. First few songs are up there with the best Pumpkins work.Published on 26 Aug. 2013 by PhilJ
My score is no comment on the music - I haven't listened to it nearly enough to form an opinion.
But I want to warn others that the CD seems to be copy protected, though... Read more
I came to the Pumpkins late. I'd heard some of Adore and liked it, but didn't really discover them properly to Machina era. I liked that album. Read morePublished on 16 Feb. 2013 by Mr M.
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