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Critique of the compilation, not the content
on 7 April 2010
So many times before I have heard bands wail about record companies cherry-picking a selection of best sellers and slapping them haphazardly onto one CD like some kind of teenage 'best of' compilation used to impress a member of the opposite sex. Generally I am inclined to laugh at their pomposity, as for a large number of bands there really is no loss to the quality of the individual tracks as a result of said shoehorning. This feels like a different case though. Smashing Pumpkins managed to morph their sound dramatically between each of their albums, and as such, this CD just seems to miss the point of what Corgan and co were trying to achieve. Each Pumpkins album really WAS a stand-alone work of art designed to be listened to from start to finish, and not a lot of bands can honestly make that claim. Maybe placing the songs in roughly chronological order was supposed to take the listener on a journey through the development of the band. I feel that the only way to do that properly with the Pumpkins though is to actually listen to their entire back catalogue. I can pretty much guarantee that at least one of their albums will resonate on a deeply personal level with you. This collection just didn't do anything for me.