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4.0 out of 5 stars
Euphoric, 16 Feb 2003
This will aways be compared to Billy Corgan's previous band, the Smashing Pumpkins, and in fairness, Mary Star may be exactly how they would have sounded had the Machina albums been any good. The drumming, courtesty of Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain, is pure Pumpkins, while new guitarists Pajo and Sweeney seem to have inherited James Iha's lyrical guitar threads throughout the album.
But to judge Mary Star in its own right, it is a fine record, so upbeat and happy that after a few listens it leaves you will a smile whenever you think of the songs. And with titles like 'Endless Summer' and 'Baby, let's Rock', it would be hard not to.
As an album with Corgan's stamp all over it, of course it veers from cringable cheeziness to genius, but is still by some way the best Corgan album since Mellon Collie, and with several radio-friendly, uplifting, almost 'pop' songs, Mary Star has the potential to set Zwan off on a course that might make them more commercially successful than the Pumpkins ever were.
I was very pleasantly surprised. Definitely worth a look.