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Smashing Pumpkins Tribute: The Killer in You

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listen  1. Cherub Rock (Roses Are Red)Roses Are Red 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Jelly Belly (A Thorn For Every Heart)A Thorn For Every Heart 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Soma (Poison The Well)Poison The Well 6:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mayonaise (Emanuel)Emanuel 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Today (Armor for Sleep)Armor For Sleep 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Eye (Hopesfall)Hopesfall 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Everlasting Gaze (A Static Lullaby)A Static Lullaby 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. 1979 (Vaux)Vaux 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Set The Ray to JerryZolof The Rock & Roll Destroyer 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. We Only Come Out At Night (Murder By Death)Murder By Death 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Quiet (Eighteen Visions)Eighteen Visions 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 31, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reignition
  • ASIN: B000CEV4E0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,838 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Some of the most exciting bands in alternative rock cover one of the most influential bands of the past 25 years. Combining a wide array of styles and moods, this CD captures Smashing Pumpkins' lush power with exceptional grace. Includes tracks by Poison the Well, A Static Lullaby, Hopesfall, Murder by Death, Eighteen Visions, Armor for Sleep, and more! Law Of Inertia. 2006.

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3.0 out of 5 stars

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nox Angelus on February 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you're looking for carbon copies of the originals, performed by other bands, you're going to be dissapointed as was the above reviewer. The songs are covers, and I really think that as far as covers of songs by a great band (like Smashing Pumpkins) go, these were all well done. They threw there own flare into the music.

You know what they say, forever immitated but never duplicated. This is Smashing Pumpkins we're talking about here, no one is going to be able to duplicate the music, this is a homage to a great band. Take it for what it is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Martin on June 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD have to listen yourself before judging. This is slickpoetry, a smashing pumpkins fan from way back. obsessive, perhaps. and i am digging on this album, much to my surprise. I was not a fan of any of these bands (or the emo/screamo/whatever genre in general), but this CD is very listenable, apart from a couple missteps here and there. want a track-by-track review? ok here ya go:

1. Roses Are Red--Cherub Rock: A fairly faithful cover, not too many surprises. Which you may consider a good thing. The drummer and guitarist don't seem quite up to par to take on a jimmy chamberlin/billy corgan composition, but then again...who is? (the guitar solo especially sounds sloppy). the vocalist is adequate, but i think he actually gets a couple lyrics wrong! 8/10.

2. A Thorn For Every Heart--Jellybelly: Like a lot of the bands on here, I don't care much for the vocalist. The music is pretty awesome, though...the bass drum work actually makes it sound more rockin than the original...otherwise a very faithful cover 7/10

3. Poison the Well--Soma: The Pumpkins original is one of my favorites, and never seemed boring to me, but that's the word that comes to mind when hearing this cover. I think they phoned this in, honestly. 5/10.

4. Emanuel--Mayonaise: Not better than the original by any stretch of the imagination, but more rockin'. I like this quite a bit, actually. It changes the music just enough to make it a substantial difference, but you never forget for one second that its Mayonaise. the original is my favorite pumpkin track, and i would say this is a great cover of a great, great song. 10/10

5. Armor For Sleep--Today: I don't like the way the guitar intro is reproduced on a keyboard. it rubs me the wrong way. otherwise its fine. 6/10

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By M. A. Diaz on November 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
People are correct in fearing tribute albums since the songs cannot be evaluated but in the context of their original versions. This makes a Smashing Pumpkins tribute that much more difficult since the band was not only phenomenal (disclosure: I'm a huge SP fan) but also because Billy Corgan was famously (some would say infamously) over-controlling and meticulous during recording, leading to impeccable albums. Hence, if a cover is to be "good" or successful (at least), it cannot simply aim to replicate the original (impossible in this case); it must bring in something different (in most cases unique to the band covering the song) that recasts the song in a new, possibly innovative, light.

What does this mean for this collection? Exactly what most people fear: it is populated with dull renditions of great SP songs performed with some measure of competence but ultimately failing to entertain even on some level of nostalgia. The problem, of course, it that they are trying to emulate the originals which, while flattering to Corgan and Co., I'm sure, simply does not work. This is not surprising, as these are mostly forgettable bands with questionable aptitude. The songs are simply out of their league. Then there's Murder By Death.

Murder By Death avoids doing precisely what the rest of the bands do here, which is simply rehashing the original with a few screams here and a painfully cheesy voice inflection there. They instead make it their own. Surprisingly, the fist time I listened to their track I actually heard Murder By Death and not some band pretending to be the Pumpkins. The usual MBD strings complement the song well, "We Only Come Out At Night" feels right at place with their newest album, and the narrative structure of the song suits their own style perfectly.
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By Kevin S. on February 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I downloaded this album off of iTunes because I absolutely love the Smashing Pumpkins and I had some extra credit. There are some songs that I really enjoy, there are some that I am indifferent about, and there are a couple that I absolutely hate. I don't understand why people are talking about who "got" Corgan's voice correctly and who didn't. In my opinion, a tribute album isn't really focused on trying to sound like the original, it's more of another artist's take on them. None sounded like the Smashing Pumpkins, and that's because none of the bands were the Smashing Pumpkins. Therefore, I am writing this review for the substance of the songs themselves, and not how they compare to the originals.

Best songs:
Roses Are Red - Cherub Rock
Emanuel - Mayonnaise
Armor For Sleep - Today

Worst song (ever):

I really enjoyed hearing other bands playing the songs, and I can say that I don't regret buying it. A few of the songs get heavy rotation on my top rated playlist.
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