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3.8 out of 5 stars
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Mary Star of the Sea [CD + Bonus DVD]
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on 4 February 2003
Zwan is a 5 piece band based in Chicago. The band was formed shortly after the final Smashing Pumpkins shows in Chicago. Billy Corgan (guitar/vocals) and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums) moved on to expand their horizon. Matt Sweeney (guitar/vocals) is formerly of an indie band, Chavez. David Pajo (guitar) is formerly of an indie band, Slint. Paz Lenchantin (bass/vocals) came to Zwan from A Perfect Circle.
Billy, Matt and Paz takes turns with the lead/backgrond vocals duty even if Billy wrote most of the songs. The album has a very strong texture to the music. The guitars are pretty heavy. Paz's bass playing style is strong and heavy. Jimmy's drumming is heavy. The band has been together for about a year and a half. It must have been very difficult for them to choose the songs for this album. Their rock anthem, "Glorious" isn't included on the album. It seems like the whole band found their personal Jesus and it's probably the most "religious" album I've ever heard. This album would do any true Smashing Pumpkins fans proud by their first spin on the CD. Give this album at least 2 days to get a good listen and you'll fall in love with it, your personal Jesus forever.
This album would definately do James Iha and D'arcy (formerly of The Smashing Pumpkins) proud. Melissa auf der Maur (formerly of Tinker, Hole and The Smashing Pumpkins) would be very pleased with this album. The CD itself is almost 66 minutes long.
Essential tracks on this album are: "Honestly", "Lyric", "Settle Down", "Declarations Of Faith", "Ride A Black Swan", "Baby Let's Rock", and "Jesus, I/Mary Star Of The Sea".
My copy of this album comes with a bonus limited edition DVD. The DVD includes some tracks which doesn't appear on the CD. It contains interviews, live footage and studio footage. The interviews with band members are kinda funny. If you get this CD/DVD edition, you'll enjoy the DVD. It's only 40 minutes long.
This album is strongly recommended along side with every Smashing Pumpkins releases and Paz's former band's (A Perfect Circle) album.
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on 3 February 2003
to a lot of people, Zwan represents Smashing Pumpkins mk II - I'll admit it's the main reason I bought this CD. Billy's nasal vocals and Jimmy's amazing drumming underpin the songs, but there's altogether a much more upbeat, less doomy feel to the project, and even in places ironic nods to retro reference points. Members of Slint (guitar) and A Perfect Circle (bass) mean that Zwan have a distinctly different sound to the Pumpkins, once which has moved with the times. A slightly over-produced album which doesn't always live up to the promise of earlier live bootlegs I'd heard, but is definitely worth owning - all of the songs are good and a couple are real gems.
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on 1 February 2003
An impressive beginning which promises much. Definitely influenced by Billy Corgan's Smashing Pumpkins background, but then it would be difficult for it not to be. And it's not necessarily a bad thing either! A good mix of tracks with some lyrical genius jumping out at you. The DVD unfortunately is quite poor and its not really worth the extra few quid. Sure it has some good music on it, but you don't get to hear much of each song and there's very little insight into the band, their lives or their ideas for where to go next or what they're trying to achieve with the album. It took a bit of stamina to bother watching it the whole way through.
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on 4 February 2003
Zwan is a 5 piece band based in Chicago. The band was formed shortly after the final Smashing Pumpkins shows in Chicago. Billy Corgan (guitar/vocals) and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums) moved on to expand their horizon. Matt Sweeney (guitar/vocals) is formerly of an indie band, Chavez. David Pajo (guitar) is formerly of an indie band, Slint. Paz Lenchantin (bass/vocals) came to Zwan from A Perfect Circle.
Billy, Matt and Paz takes turns with the lead/backgrond vocals duty even if Billy wrote most of the songs. The album has a very strong texture to the music. The guitars are pretty heavy. Paz's bass playing style is strong and heavy. Jimmy's drumming is heavy. The band has been together for about a year and a half. It must have been very difficult for them to choose the songs for this album. Their rock anthem, "Glorious" isn't included on the album. It seems like the whole band found their personal Jesus and it's probably the most "religious" album I've ever heard. This album would do any true Smashing Pumpkins fans proud by their first spin on the CD. Give this album at least 2 days to get a good listen and you'll fall in love with it, your personal Jesus forever.
This album would definately do James Iha and D'arcy (formerly of The Smashing Pumpkins) proud. Melissa auf der Maur (formerly of Tinker, Hole and The Smashing Pumpkins) would be very pleased with this album. The CD itself is almost 66 minutes long.
Essential tracks on this album are: "Honestly", "Lyric", "Settle Down", "Declarations Of Faith", "Ride A Black Swan", "Baby Let's Rock", and "Jesus, I/Mary Star Of The Sea".
My copy of this album comes with a bonus limited edition DVD. The DVD includes some tracks which doesn't appear on the CD. It contains interviews, live footage and studio footage. The interviews with band members are kinda funny. If you get this CD/DVD edition, you'll enjoy the DVD. It's only 40 minutes long.
This album is strongly recommended along side with every Smashing Pumpkins releases and Paz's former band's (A Perfect Circle) album.
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on 14 February 2003
Gone are the subtle & lilting melodies
Gone are the heartfelt & inventive lyrics
Gone are the carefully crafted songs that build from silent whispers to crashing climaxes
Unfortunately what we're left with is a CD full of fairly run of the mill tunes with instruments & vocals seeming to droan along together.
I've been an ardent fan since Gish, but frankly I found this more disappointing than Adore.
Avoid.
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