Mary Star of the Sea Import
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Zwan's debut features something probably no one thought they'd see - a very, VERY happy Billy Corgan. It is quite obvious by listening to Mary Star of the Sea that the old rat in a cage has found God (on "Declarations of Faith" Billy makes it clear in the chorus `I declare myself of faith'). He has found joy in life, and it radiates throughout the CD. There is no doom-and-gloom here.
The first single, "Honestly", will give you a good idea of what to expect. It's not the best song on the album, but it was a good idea for the first single because it has all the Zwan elements you find throughout every song. A very happy, carefree, fun attitude; an infectious, rocking riff; and Zwan's loud three guitar attack. Another standout on the album is "Jesus I/Mary Star of the Sea". "Jesus I" is a 14 minute masterpiece (on par with the longer Pumpkins songs, such as "X.Y.U." but certainly not sounding anything the same)in which all the musicians get a chance to shine. I've listened to this song over and over and in my opinion, this track alone is nearly worth the entire cost of the album. Other songs that grab you right away are "Yeah!", "Lyric", "Endless Summer", and "Heartsong". However, there is not one misstep in the whole CD. You won't need to hit the skip button on `Mary'.Read more ›
Lyrically, Corgan has thankfully dropped most of his self-righteous woe-is-me schtick and has become much more spiritual, with his usual helping of romantic musings. Musically, this album still contains some of the Pumpkins' old problems, such as the hokey sing-along "Come With Me;" while this time the gigantic sprawling epic is the 14-minute "Jesus I/Mary Star of the Sea" which can't quite justify its entire length. But this album also shows the long-time strengths in Corgan's songwriting that he rarely receives credit for. This includes pent-up, dramatic ballads like "Heartsong" and the energetic, groove-worthy rockers like "Declarations of Faith" and "Ride a Black Swan." So this Zwan album has little new to offer, but it is a good buy for Smashing Pumpkins fans who wish to see how Corgan has continued to improve his approach.Read more ›
however, after having owned this album for over four months... i have gotten use to the music, and have recognized it as one of the greatest albums of all time. you m ay think that that is an overstatement, but i honestly mean it. this album IS one of the top 100 albums i'd say ever made.
the music is happy, yes, so what? are old, burnt out SP fans so depressed that they can't stand music that's actually a bit upbeat and optimistic? why are people so afraid of somewhat religious music? who cares. it's music... and darn good music at that.
1. LYRIC - 10/10 - this is easily the best song off of the album. This is the only song that i know in the whole entire world that can lift me up no matter how down i am. It is much better to listen to happy, beautiful, uplifting songs like this whenever you're down than to listen to ones that reflect your misery
2. SETTLE DOWN - 10/10 - Once again, another hard rocking, yet touching and beautiful track. There really isn't a basic outline to the song as there are with most songs... where it's always verse 1, chorus, verse 2, chorus, solo, chorus.
this song has more like three choruses... and i'm not sure which one is the main one, but they're amazingly powerful and blend so well...
3. DECLARATIONS OF FAITH - 9/10 - of all the songs on the album, this is probably the song that most reminds me of Billy's older work with the smashing pumpkins. the verses tend to bore you a bit, but the chorus is easy to headbang to. it's always good to have a nice pure rock n roll track on the album like this one
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