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5.0 out of 5 stars A collection of gems that might have never been released., 13 Jun. 2001
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This review is from: Pisces Iscariot [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Pisces Iscariot is an amazing compliation of rare demos from the early days, material omitted from previous albums, live recordings from the BBC and new material. We open with Soothe, a personal track written by a teenage Billy Corgan in a squalid apartment and dug up for this album, full of meaning and acoustic brilliance. Frail and Bedazzled follows which was also written in a garage/apartment and is a mellow, but powerful rock song, typical of the Pumpkins. Plume is up next and was written in the same said apartment, with the lyrics thought up by Billy whilst waiting at an airport. This track is slow and mellow but in time the guitar riffs begin to peel off nicely. Whir then kicks off the nice happy, melodic, passive feel that the album carries on with several other tracks like Blew Away (with James on vocals), Spaced, Obscured and La Dolly Vita, tracks which Billy himself describes as "Frail and gentle". Pissant adds aggressive, growling, hard rock to the album, much in the style of Zero and is followed nicely by Hello Kitty Kat, a track which Billy reluctantly ommitted from Siamese Dream, and this is a pounding, driving rock track with solos to die for and layer upon layer of sound. Billy covers Stevie Nick's Landslide in a live recording at the BBC with John Peel for Radio 1, and is a romantic, tender and beautifal acoustic masterpiece. Also at the BBC was recorded was A Girl Named Sandoz, like Plume it is a slow but powerful rock track with heavy but slow paced riffs, once the slightly trippy Spaced has finished the album you get an overall package of excellence that represents the Pumpkins from their teenage angst years to the Siamese Dream era, and is a diverse collection of music and an essential album for anyone's collection.
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