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Establishment in a Single Album,
This review is from: Siamese Dream (Audio CD)
Although not their first, this album established Smashing Pumpkins (at least in my mind) as a leader in creativity and versatility. Whether its the lazy-paced but in depth sounds of Cherub Rock (an instant classic), or the melodramatic lyrics and melancholy rifts of Disarm (the first song that caught my eye on this album), the Pumpkins prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they excell in all chapters of modern alternative.
Unfortunately, I don't know what they started thinking after the success of this album. While Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness offered a variety of cunning and creative sounds, it hardly stood up to some of their previous work. Follow that up a ways down with Adore, a failure in what originally had terrific potential, and you have what seems to be a legendary dry spell. Bullet with Butterfly Wings was able to bat a few eyes (Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness), not lasting enough to hold them up throghout they're troubles.
They're return album, Machina: Machine of the Gods, is Corgan's way of proving to the public that they are not dead and have plenty of energy stockpiled. Although I have Machina now (pre-ordered from Amazon, anxious to see what lies in store), I don't feel I've truly listened to it enough for a review. (Although I will note the first song, seemingly a signature of Pumpkins, seems the best).