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  • Audio CD (June 19, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Martha's Music
  • ASIN: B007P6VLRS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,335 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Produced by THE SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan, OCEANIA is an intense and dynamic offering that will appeal to new and existing fans of THE SMASHING PUMPKINS alike. OCEANIA, the band s 7th studio record, is an album within an album, part of their 44-song work-in-progress TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE.

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy awards in the process. Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential and platinum debut in 1991, which was followed by albums including the nine-time platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-time platinum Siamese Dream, as well as the platinum certified 1998 album Adore. The pivotal group s many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation. The PUMPKINS returned in 2007 with their acclaimed sixth album Zeitgeist. They have since remained on the cutting edge of music and technology with various online releases.

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That averages to two stars overall.
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This is actually a really good album to listen to if you want to get into them.
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This is a true Smashing Pumpkins album.
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101 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Jack Tripper VINE VOICE on June 19, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Well Pumpkins fans, you can finally wave your freak flag proudly once again after the release of 'Oceania.' As a longtime fan of the band, and I'm sure some of you can relate, I'd started to lose faith after the cold, relentless bombast of 2007's (mostly) underwhelming 'Zeitgeist' and the ongoing, extremely hit-or-miss Teargarden project, of which 'Oceania' is supposedly a part, but I would still always list them as one of my two or three favorite bands out of some weird sense of loyalty. I didn't really have high expectations for this album, but the fact is, Corgan is reinvigorated here, with a renewed focus; the songwriting, lyrics, and vocals all at their best in years.

'Oceania' also feels like the product of an actual band, with backing vocals from bassist Nicole Fiorentino and drummer Mike Byrne, instead of the "million Billy choir" heard on much of 'Zeitgeist,' and this is a definite plus. Jeff Shroeder is treated as an equal when it comes to the guitar leads and solos, as opposed to Corgan constantly busting through the mix (Outta my way!), and proceeding to shred, he and his guitar catching fire from rocking so hard. Thankfully there are still plenty of impressive solos, but they seem to be divided equally between the two, with a few dual leads as well, which is refreshing, as Jeff has his own unique, fluid style that provides a nice contrast to Billy's "Guitar Hero" histrionics. Nicole seems to be given a lot more freedom to add her own flourishes compared to Corgan's past bassists, and she proves to be a dynamic player, at times even funky, which is new to SP.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Grant Cousineau on June 30, 2012
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In a 2010 Rolling Stone article, Smashing Pumpkins' lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter Billy Corgan sat backstage before a show at Cleveland's House of Blues. Even he wasn't oblivious with just how removed the Pumpkins' fan base had become with everything they'd done over the past decade. When asked about their 2007 album, Zeitgeist, he said:

"That album sold over 500,000 copies, it went gold. But people didn't listen to it. ... We would go out and play the first song and I could tell [the audience] had not even listened to the first song. I don't view it as a gross disappointment. It's disappointing to me that what I was trying to communicate didn't get the chance to be communicated."

Believing the "traditional album" was dead in a world of Rock Band and iPods, Corgan replaced drummer Jimmy Chamberlain with some new blood in Mike Byrne, who was a Lego-eating five-year-old when the Pumpkins released Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Only Corgan remained from the band's 1990's lineup, and their first project became Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, a 44-track concept album to be released one track at a time as free online MP3s. Between 2009 and 2011, ten tracks were recorded and posted, but the industry didn't shift like he had expected. One day, he said, "F@#k it. I'll just make a kick-a$$ album."

(That might not be verbatim. His calm, benign demeanor makes even the sharpest curses sound like polite hugs from teddy bears.)

Oceania is that album, the next 13 tracks in his grand Tarot card story. It is unabashed progressive rock, with tinges of that signature "shoegaze" alternative sound he's known for, but it is absolutely, one hundred percent lean, finely textured Corgan beef.
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45 of 56 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 19, 2012
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Is this a Smashing Pumpkins album? Or is this a Billy Corgan album? Jimmy Chamerlain, the band's only original member (asides from Corgan) left in 2009, and all of the original members have been replaced with a new band. Given that Corgan has been the leading creative force of the band since its inception, would it even make a difference if he were the only surviving member of the band? Nervous fans can relax -- this latest album, OCEANIA, is a return to form for the band and is better than 2007's ZEITGEIST by leaps. OCEANIA is compiled of tracks that came from the 44-track TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE project that Corgan has been working on, so this an "album-within-an-album" in many ways; even though this album is part of a larger whole, it is distinctly its own entity. This album feels more like a comeback album than ZEITGEIST ever did, and it's been worth the wait.

Opening track "Quasar" reminds us of "Cherub Rock" and its own blistering introduction. Many of the tracks on OCEANIA recall the past Smashing Pumpkins songs, but don't confuse that as being unoriginal. Instead, it feels like this album was made by a man who now embraces his band's past, unlike ZEITGEIST, which tried to blaze its own trail. The guitar instrumentation here is exciting, but Corgan keeps us on our toes by including a variety of instruments in the mix (synthesizers, cello, piano, acoustics, etc...) The addition of bassist Nicole Fiorentino proves to be a great addition to the band, providing a solid bass and a great harmony.

"Violet Rays" is a slow-burning synthesizer-tinged ballad that melts into its own fading distortion.
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May 24, 2012 by Dylan Gullberg |  See all 24 posts
Another Mediocre Corgan Outing
Big SP fan here. I can't agree or disagree with your statement because, honestly, I haven't heard the album. What I did want to comment on though is that since D'Arcy and Iha have left Pumpkins it has felt like Billy has lost the control or 'focus' he had when they were around. My last 'loved'... Read More
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Digital Versions Costing More Than Physical Copies
Digital copies of music and movies are not higher quality than a physical copy-how is a 192k lossy MP3 better than a 1536k PCM CD, or a heavily compressed film with lossy audio compared to a blu-ray?
Digital copies can't be resold and are usually restricted by DRM.
The only benefit digital copies... Read More
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