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Oceania: Live In NYC [2 CD/DVD Combo]
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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. In June 2012, the band released their acclaimed album Oceania, via Martha's Music/EMI
Label Services/Caroline Distribution. Marking THE SMASHING PUMPKINS' 7th studio record, it is 'an album within an album,' part of their 44-song workin-
progress Teargarden By Kaleidyscope. Oceania entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4 and earned the #1 spot on the Independent Albums
At Barclays Center, the Pumpkins' singer/guitarist Billy Corgan, guitarist Jeff Schroeder, drummer Mike Byrne and bassist Nicole Fiorentino performed their acclaimed OCEANIA CD in full, followed by classics and deep cuts from their body of work for the second half of the show. The Pumpkins were backed by visuals prepared by Evans, whose most recent project was assisting Roger Waters on the newest staging of 'The Wall.' The OCEANIA: LIVE IN NYC package is directed by Milton Lage and was produced by Rock Fuel's Barry Summers.
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The album and DVD both present the same show. Filmed in Brooklyn in 2012, the concert sees the band doing something fairly bold: playing their most recent studio album (Oceania) live from beginning to end, followed by a set consisting of Smashing Pumpkins classics, deep cuts, and covers.
Obviously, the biggest draw here is the DVD. For this tour, the band erected a giant orb in the middle of the stage which displayed 3D visuals alongside the music. While this seems very gimmicky, the technology is flawless and truly does add to the concert experience. While I fond the album Oceania to be a little limp, the extra "oomph" it gets played live compared with the stunning visuals really made me appreciate the new material. A definite must-have for any Smashing Pumpkins fan.
Sounds like: A healthy compromise of Corgan's past and his vision for the future.
- Not only are you getting the rock-solid "Oceania" in its entirety, but a good chunk of Pumpkins classics. The second half of the set is as devoted to well-worn radio staples like "Disarm" and "Tonight, Tonight" as it is to slightly deeper cuts like "X.Y.U." and "Hummer."
- The "new" Pumpkins more than hold their own, effortlessly pulling off "Oceania" while giving new life so the classics as well.
- The visuals are a real treat, especially during "Tonight, Tonight" which recalls the song's iconic music video.
- Billy's skin-tight wrestling shirt gives way to copious amounts of muffin top and coin-slot. Next time, leave the skin-tight outfits to Nicole.
- Billy is clearly phoning it in on the likes of "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" and "Cherub Rock." Don't like playing the Pumpkins tunes? Stop calling it Pumpkins. It's time to reconcile what you think the band should be and what everyone else wants it to be.
- Pointless cut-scenes of the New York Subway system in action are vexing. This visual addendum has all the appeal of a high-school student's film-class project.
- New track, "The Dream Machine" is absolutely stunning. A big, bold and moody prog-rock jam that recalls the lost "Gossamer" and "As Rome Burns." Even if this song never gets recorded, you get a professionally recorded version of it with this set.
- The "Oceania" title-track surpasses its studio counterpart, which gives hope to this "young" band's future.
- The set closes out with "Hummer" (before the prerequisite encore, of course). Let that sink in for a second. "Hummer." The only song that would have made for a better exit would be "Mayonaise." Sometimes, just sometimes, Billy really knows how to reconnect with his past.
- A cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" is fine and all, but with so many Pumpkins classics to sift through, it seems a waste of time. It works well in transitioning from the "Oceania" material to the "Classic" set, but perhaps this is where "Starla" could have fit in.
- Nothing from "Gish" or either of the two "Machina" albums. For shame Billy, for sh-sh-sh-sh-sh-shame. Then again, nothing from "Teargarden," so that's something, right?
Best Listened To When: You have some nostalgia pains but want to hear something current at the same time.
The Smashing Pumpkins have always been a favorite and all criticisms aside, Billy Corgan is still one of the greatest song-writers of his era. Having seen this exact same show in Portland, ME (minus the orb), it's a nice treat to have this memento. Granted, as far as all-time greatest Pumpkins shows go, you could do better. Check out the '93 Metro show from the "Siamese Dream" re-issue for proof.
The Bottom Line(s):
The "Oceania" tour was a nice compromise between old and new Pumpkins, and if you still nurse a soft spot for the "Siamese Dream"/"Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness" days, this performance is likely to win you over.