For anyone who loves the raw edged , guitar driven side of the Smashing Pumpkins , Zero would be an obvious choice to add to the collection .
The majority of the tracks on the record such as the title track 'Zero' , 'Mouths of Babes' and 'Marquis in Spades' are straightforward , classic examples of the pumpkins darker , heavier side and are great to sit back and listen to when your in the mood for something loud . My personal favourite is the mind-blowing 'Tribute to Johnny' , a rarely heard instrumental track written by Billy Corgan and James Iha .
In contrast to the rest of the tracks on the record , 'Pennies' could be said to represent the more relaxed , melodic side of the pumpkins . Corgan has successfully combined a simple melody and poetic lyrics to form a song that comes from the heart but could not be accused of being over-sentimental .
The final track 'Pastichio Medley' is , as the title would suggest , a cut and paste job with lots of different songs taken from various Pumpkins albums . It takes some dedication to listen right to the end as the constant chopping and changing of tracks makes the music kinda hard to follow , but it's certainly an interesting change to the kind of thing that you normally hear .