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Smashing Pumpkins, The - Siamese Dream
Label: Virgin Records
Release: 1993

Tracklisting:
Cherub Rock
Quiet
Today
Hummer
Rocket
Disarm
Soma
Geek U.S.A
Mayonaise
Spaceboy
Silverfuck
Sweet Sweet
Luna
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After the recording of Gish, The Smashing Pumpkins were completely volatile when it came to record Siamese Dream, and something triggered Billy Corgan's musical quandry to take a leave of absence, to 90% of the guitar and bass himself, and to just do it. The result is Siamese Dream, and an alternative rock masterpiece and, in my opinion, the best album ever.

We begin the album with a snare roll by Jimmy Chamberlin, and then by rolling guitar octaves in clean channel with distortion kicking in later to lead to a blistering rock classic, "Cherub Rock". The album carrys an emotional roller coaster and is as manic as the Pumpkin's ring leader himself. The songs do not stop, from the sonic fury of "Quiet", "Cherub Rock", and "Geek U.S.A" to alternative rock anthems like "Today" and "Disarm", the most known of the songs on the album. It doesn't stop here either, we have the beautiful magnum opuses that are "Soma" and "Silverfuck" and the best thing about this album, song-wise would be "Mayonaise". Never has an artist before The Smashing Pumpkins combined loud, quiet, sad, happy and pissed all in the same song/album as beautifully as this. No one has done it better since either. The album ends with "Luna" a song that seems to say "good bye! till next time" and usually it makes you wanna hear the whole album again.

The guitars in this album transcend music, and become just audible emotion, and Jimmy Chamberlin's drumming never sounded better. You'll never hear another album that sounds like Siamese Dream, speaking both technically and musically. If you don't own this album, drop what you are doing and go buy it, your collection isn't complete without it.

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Billy Corgan's solo album, recorded in 1993. Yep, Billy did everything here (with the exception of drums), so that the recording could go quicker. It ultimately failed - the album still took a long time to make, and Billy was exhausted at the end of the recording. The end product broke the Pumpkins into the mainstream on the back of several big hit singles,all perfect for radio at the time. The Pumpkins quickly moved up from being also-rans to one of the big players in the early '90s alt-rock scene, thanks to this record.

...But is it any good?...well, yeah. Could have been better though - some of the songs don't really do anything for me.For the most part, the rockers aren't that great here - "Quiet" is incredibly unmemorable, but it's pretty good when compared to the boring "Geek U.S.A" - which features Billy Corgan playing one of the worst guitar solos i've ever heard.Utterly formless - much like the solos on Gish. Billy would later refine this - in fact, he showed that he could actuallyplay good guitar parts on this album - just not here.

The four hit singles are mainly good - with the exception of that boring, angsty "Disarm". "Cherub Rock" includes one ofthe all-time greatest Pumpkin riffs, while "Today" revels in it's great simplicity. "Rocket" is a bit more complex, but generally follows the same mood as "Today" - it's still very good though.

All the other songs are solid - "Hummer" features some great guitar playing at the end, and is fully worthy of the big length. Same can easily be said for "Soma" - one of the big Pumpkin achievements. A by-the-book quiet-loud song, it works very well. It also features more good Billy playing. "Mayonaise" is also decent, as is "Spaceboy". "Silverfuck"is the longest song on here, and it's a rocker. But it's actually a good rocker - although it is a little overlong for what it is, coming in at 9 minutes. And finally, there's a nice bit of throwaway in "Sweet Sweet", and a great ballad called "Luna" to close out.

All of this gives the album a 7 - a good, solid score. Some songs are poor, but most aren't. Some are very good indeed, infact. Solid 7.

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a step up in song writing and production. a step DOWN in bandness. d'arcy and james who?

billy layers his guitars in interesting ways throughout. this album features some catchy songs, but generally the songs are not interesting. well, not for melodic hooks. it's mostly interesting for the way he produces and layers guitars. it's like THIS is the blueprint for 98% of boring alternative rock that came out after this album.

for that alone, i give props. oh, and the fact that some of the songs are sweet. :)

Reviewer Rating of CD :

The Smashing Pumpkins second album, and their breakthrough into the big time. With songs like, "Cherub Rock," "Today," and "Disarm" the album quickly made its way onto radio stations around the country. The album has NO weak point, though I used to really think so. The album has become a classic Pumpkins album, and righfully so. The most notable songs on the album are:
Cherub Rock
Today
Hummer
Disarm
Soma
Mayonaise
Silverfuck
Luna

All in all, it's a very good buy, and if you don't get it, it is quite a mistake. Buy it today. You'll be happy. Besides, how can you go wrong with an album that's cover has a little girl who's forehead you could write the Declaration of Independence on, it's so huge?

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