After delay upon delay, The Smashing Pumpkins new album finally arrives tomorrow. Its been five years since the band’s last disappointment, and in between we have seen the hit-or-miss era of Billy Corgan continue with Teagarden by Kaleidoscope. While I got behind alot of TbK, I was consistently left wanting more. Its safe to say Oceania fills that void. Corgan and Co. have found a rhythm many thought disappeared with the discombobulated releases of the 00s, Machina and Zeitgeist, and we are all better off for it. Throughout Oceania, I’ve found myself thinking back to songs from the band’s golden age and feeling that many in the new batch would be right at home on Siamese Dream or Mellon Collie. The notable examples of this are “Panopticon”, “Violet Rays”, and “Inkless”. While all three are absolute gems and ride on the alt-rock riffs that brought The Smashing Pumpkins into the limelight back in the early 90s, “Panopticon” and “Violet Rays” find Corgan back in his mid-20s, full of the angst that oh so many people go through in their post-college, bar-hopping years. So rejoice SP fans! You have one last classic album from Corgan before he inevitably makes a “genre-defining” dubstep album.
(Dear God, I was only joking. Please don’t let this come true. Sincerely, Me.)