4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Not awful, but very very tired,
This review is from: Mary Star Of The Sea (Audio CD)
I've always been a great fan of the Smashing Pumpkins but that doesnt mean that when I listened to this album I instantly tried to compare it to them. Zwan as an individual entity sound pretty lame and the whole album is woefully underproduced. It is possibly the most repressed rock album I have heard in recent times and has not a shadow of the appeal of Corgans previous work.
Particularly dissapointing was the guitar work on the album. Billy Corgan has been responsible for shifting the goalposts in what guitarists aim for in songwriting and performance. So how I ask did he become so boring! The guitar parts are subdued and even corny in places (see Honestly). The album at no point "ROCKS", it more kind of oozes.
I guess it adds up that a band is only as good as it's lifestyle. If u want to be wholesome and a "good little rock kid" then Zwan may just be okay for you. The album's appeal is centered around wishy-washy emotion and cheesy placations. It really sounds like rock has become a bit too much for Billy and someone should fetch him his slippers and a cup of Cocoa!