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I was ready to hate this,
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This review is from: Oceania (Audio CD)
Don't get me wrong, I love a lot of Smashing Pumpkins tracks but they I didn't have high hopes. Sure, Billy said that the (slightly boring) Zeitgeist was a rock CD that needed to made, sort of like a platform to build on, and I was happy with that. But then Teargarden (what I heard) didn't impress me, and so I thought this might be more of the same. It isn't though. In many ways, I think this is the type of CD that Billy has wanted to do for years, but didn't feel like he was ready to do so. Sure, the lyrics are not his best (a bit too much repetition at times), but he can be forgiven that in general.
Anyone expecting a 2012 version of Bullet with Butterfly Wings or Zero will be disappointed, but there are some great tracks on here which have the Smashing Pumpkins magic, of mystic layers of sound, with Billy's iconic voice.
The stand out tracks so far must be Pinwheels (I love the simple but effective riff), Oceania (a sprawling journey through nearly 10 minutes of time), The Celestials, and Pale Horse (redolent with the influence of great Pumpkins tracks of the past).
I am really enjoying this album, and can genuinely look forward to another Smashing Pumpkins release. Well, as long as it isn't too far away with too much trauma in the meantime!