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Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

The Smashing Pumpkins

1995

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

Album Summary

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the third studio album by American alternative rock band the Smashing Pumpkins, released on October 24, 1995, in the United Kingdom and a day later in the United States on Virgin Records. Produced by frontman Billy Corgan with Flood and Alan Moulder, the 28-track album was released as a two-disc CD and triple LP. The album features a wide array of styles. Propelled by the album's lead single, "Bullet with Butterfly Wings", it debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with first week sales of 246,500 units. To date it remains the band's only album to top the Billboard 200. It spawned five more singles—"1979", "Zero", "Tonight, Tonight", the promotional "Muzzle", and "Thirty-Three"—over the course of 1996, and was certified diamond by the RIAA, equivalent to more than 10 million units sold. Praised by critics for its ambition and scope, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness earned the band seven Grammy Award nominations in 1997, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year ("1979"), as well as nine MTV Music Video Awards nominations, eight of which were for "Tonight, Tonight", including "Video of the Year". Not only did they all become hits on both mainstream rock and modern rock stations, but "Bullet with Butterfly Wings", "1979", "Tonight, Tonight", and "Thirty-Three" also became the band's first Top 40 hits, crossing over to pop radio stations. The recording sessions saw a wealth of productivity: dozens of fully completed songs were cut from the album, and would turn up on later releases. A box set released in November 1996, titled The Aeroplane Flies High, compiled the promotional singles from the album, and featured approximately 30 fully completed songs from the Mellon Collie sessions which had not made the final cut for the album (including one track, "Pastichio Medley", which contained more than 70 short snippets of songs in various states of completion). Both Mellon Collie and The Aeroplane Flies High later saw reissues which included even more tracks from the sessions.

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3.7

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5597

Genres

  • Grunge
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Sat Nov 06 2021
1

The Smashing Pumpkins were, without qualification, the worst band to defecate from the 90s US alternative scene. That is not hyperbole; if anything, it's diminishing how appalling they were regardless of time, location or genre. Of course, the blame piles onto one man: Billy Corgan, the worst frontman in rock, alive or dead or not even conceived. The vast majority of gametes nestling in your testes has a far stronger claim for musical significance. So why is Billy Corgan so bad? Let's get the purest, most straightforward reason out the way: he can't sing. Indeed, he sounds like someone deliberately attempting to sing bad. Specifically, he sounds like Cartman from South Park, who was meant to sound as cacophonous as possible. Do you want to hear Cartman sing one proto-emo dirge, let alone nearly thirty? When I say Corgan is a bad singer, I don't mean he's unpolished and inexact; I mean that he is painful to the ears. Our dogs refused to be in the same room when I played this. Coupled to Corgan's inability to sing is his inability to write lyrics that don't collapse into risibility. There is not one word on this album to take seriously. Take the lines (preferably out back to be shot): Emptiness is loneliness, and loneliness is cleanliness And cleanliness is godliness, and God is empty, just like me It would be polite not to guffaw, but not guffawing would be dishonest. Or how about the rubbish-yet-bizarrely-popular 1979? I bet you thought it was a wistful, bittersweet recollection of carefree youth. Nope. Here's the chorus: That we don't even care to shake these zipper blues And we don't know just where our bones will rest To dust I guess forgotten and absorbed Into the earth below Now children, do you think adding a bit about rotting corpses to a limp song automatically grants it gravitas? (By the by, Billy Corgan was 12 in 1979. He wasn't out partying and fingering girls, he was still throwing tantrums when his mum said it was bath night. The only song more ridiculous in this regard is Summer of 69, as Bryan Adams was 10 in 1969, and there's no way Bryan Adams was so cool that he started his first band and lost his virginity aged 10. And yes, I am directly calling Billy Corgan a pale imitation of Bryan Adams). Of course, Billy Corgan would say he means every word, that these words are his heart, his truth. Anyone with an iota of sense would retort that he was talking bollocks. (And let's not forget he's now into vaccine denial and 9/11 conspiracies, so I feel no compunction in calling his a massive wanker). The ingredients for the shit sandwich are assembled. We have a singularly uncharismatic and grating singer, screeching out the most lamentable high school doggerel, all backed by your standard substandard post-Nirvana alt-rock pop-punk-by-numbers that littered the US in 1995. So what's the next logical step? Why, it's to make a TWO HOUR concept album (a concept which is never clear and in any case gets jettisoned about three songs in). One song would be insufferable; 28 of the fuckers just bludgeon the listener into a depressed numbness. With some lengthy, challenging albums, such as Trout Mask Replica or Metal Machine Music, one feels satisfied with oneself for having listened all the way through. This album is twice as long as Metal Machine Music, but there's no sense of accomplishment in listening to this, because there's no reward. Even passing a particularly stubborn log brings relief, but this is only like being stranded in a rainstorm. You don't get inivgorated, you just get cold and wet. Also, the title is crap. Mellon Collie? Is that a pun? I really don't get it. You shouldn't get this either.

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Wed May 26 2021
5

I listened to this album A LOT as a kid (even though I was born after the 90s), and I thought it would be another example of an album that hasnt aged well since my childhood. But honestly, this album is fantastic. Despite being a double album (and a double CD, so its very long), the song quality is very consistent throughout, and I cant really pick out any songs that are bad or disposable. Its incredibly ambitous, and has a good variety of music, with a lot of dark grungy songs, but also some very beautiful ones. Giving it 5 stars but I have a couple of gripes: it dosent flow too well (particurley in the second CD), and a lot of the lyrics are trying too hard to be dark/ dramatic.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

Hopefully the longest album I'll ever listen to--I'll keep the review short. Plenty of good tracks on here, but I don't think the TWO HOUR length is justified. I like Smashing Pumpkins, the first album we reviewed from them was great, but when you stretch that out to TWO HOURS it starts to get boring fast. It's frustrating because I like the music, but I don't want to listen to it for TWO HOURS. Favorite tracks: Tonight Tonight, Muzzle, Bullet with Butterfly Wings (never knew this was their song, I thought it was Modest Mouse because mouse = rat). Album art: Pretty cool, I recognize this one. I really dig the font and art style. This cosmic woman is rolling her eyes in the same way that I did when I saw the TWO HOUR runtime of this album. 3.5/5

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Thu Mar 18 2021
5

Their very best of their Emo-Rock Days. Epic!

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

It is quite a feat to have an album this long that somehow doesn't feel bloated. Excellent kickass songs, and even better ballads.

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Wed Dec 30 2020
5

whoa what a ride! it's longer than your average album but boy i didn't want it to end <3

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Thu Oct 22 2020
5

This is really really beautiful. I felt super connected to this record in an almost unexplainable way.

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Fri Nov 13 2020
5

Classic 90s prog rock. Nostalgia affected the rating, for sure.

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Mon May 10 2021
5

So good I listened to the whole thing twice. So much great content in this album, it's no wonder they wanted to do a double album instead of leaving any of this on the cutting room floor. Nostalgia definitely influenced my rating, but the breadth of styles/genres that comprise this collection of songs is very wide. Love how they can rage a real headbanger then follow it up with a beautifully composed mellow ballad. Highlights: -Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness -Tonight, Tonight -Here is No Why -Bullet with Butterfly Wings -To Forgive -Cupid De Locke -Galapagos -1979

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

I bought this album as a teenager and was actually very disappointed. I had heard 1979 on the radio and was hoping for more of that - but there is a significant range of sounds and styles on the record and none of the others contained the magic I felt from that song. I appreciate the album more now, decades later. That line in Bullet With Butterfly Wings is one for the ages, "despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage." The emotional range on the album is impressive, as is the genre shifting from one song to the next. I still don't love it but I respect it.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
2

The band resists Corgan's best efforts to ruin their passable speed grunge until the penultimate track, which is a huge fucking pin in their balloon.

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Sat Jul 10 2021
5

Here we go. I got into Pearl Jam, Nirvana and (thanks to this list) Pavement, but never took a real chance on the Pumpkins (other than their cover of Fleetwood Mac's Landslide). Wondering if it should be a double album or would play better pared down. But when I think of the best double albums (London Calling, The White Album, Tusk, Sign O' The Times) they all flow well despite the few rare songs I'd rather skip. The key is none of those four albums seem long, and I can play them all the way through without wanting to stop. This one surprisingly falls in that category. I'd have let James Iha sing a few more songs, but that's a personal preference as I lean towards Iha's musical tastes. But Corgan passes the ball around JUST enough (the brilliant instrumental title track, Iha sings lead on one of the songs he wrote, and all 4 members take turns on the album closer). Worth noting the "tender" tracks have aged the best. And "1979" is a perfect song. Even at 28 songs, the album as a whole remains something of a marvel.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

As great as I remembered it.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

I remember this one being released. Great double album. Corgan is an acquired vocal. Either you like him or your don't. Jimmy Chamberlain is the power behind the guitars that really fuels this train.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Pretentious and melodramatic, in the best way. A timeless classic, Corgan kills it on so many of the songs. The length of the albums, the renessaince painting cover, the strings and orchestral instrumentation all add to this album's ability to stand apart, and it handles the spotlight with ease. This album is the result of a band bursting with creativity, knowing they were at the top of their game, and not being afraid to dip into extravagance to show off to the world. Whether this eclipses siamese dream is another question, but smashing pumpkins definitely smashed it with this one Highlights: Bullet with Butterfly Wings Tonight, Tonight Zero

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

This album is loooonggg. I ended up listening to the 2 hour version (Spotify kept telling me that was the only available version) but despite all that this album ruled!! There are intricately placed highs that really get you going and some slower songs mingled in there that have you rewinding to make sure you caught what you thought you heard. This album will make it into the normal rotation

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

8/10. It is good to see that if 2 hours is not infinite enough for you, the 6 hour deluxe version is available on Spotify. This is a good, angsty album, and like seemingly all angsty albums, it is very long. But I suppose if you only have 30 minutes worth of angst to sing about you might just release a cheerful album instead. But I digress. The point is, this album is very long for not having a stronger theme to tie it together. The wikipedia article says that the band wanted to make an album like The Wall, but they seemingly forgot that The Wall is both shorter and has a central theme/story to tie everything together. Still, the length is partly excused by how different individual songs are. I did not realize, and would never have expected that Bullet With Butterfly Wings and 1979 were on the same album. I don't really know where I'm going with this stream of consciousness review, but I figure if you had time to listen to this album you have time to listen to me ramble. Overall positive experience, probably won't listen all the way through again, at least not for quite a while.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Smashing Pumpkins is a band from which I’ve heard their more popular songs quite a bit, but I can’t remember ever listening to an album all the way through. It’s albums like this that make me glad for this experience. Tonight, Tonight and Bullet With Butterfly Wings were singles off this album for good reason. They are both good examples of the varying styles. One is an accessible, positive song backed by an orchestra while the other has a more grungey, lamenting chorus. I mean who doesn’t feel like a rat in a cage from time to time. I enjoyed the piano based title track opener. Cupid de Locke is a wistful surprise with the harp music, or at least what sounds like a harp. Bodies works for me. I will forgive how slow and uninteresting it is hearing To Forgive because we pick right back up with An Ode To No One. The couple times where AOTNO builds and then the whole band rocks out is great. Seems like a great mosh pit moment…you know, for me to skirt around the edge of it to get further forward. A couple other tracks didn’t get my juices flowing, like: Through The Eyes Of Ruby, Stumbleine, and X.Y.U. Unfortunately they are all in a row on the second album. These are followed up by three solid songs, the last of which begins a bit country-ish interestingly. Porcelains Of The Vast Oceans is mostly a soft and intimate track. Then at about the 2:15, 4:00, and 6:30 marks the heavier guitars and drums come in for 30 seconds or so and elevate the song to another level. Great song! On Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness, the Smashing Pumpkins lay bare a wide range of sounds from the subdued to inviting to grunge to hard rock to borderline screamo. All of which they pull off extremely well. Being a double album, naturally it’s just too difficult to carry the excellentness all the way through, which is why it’s not in the 5 star echelon. Bonus (for those that really love this album): there is a 92 track, 6 hour version with a bunch of demo versions of the songs.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Did you have the guys at your high school that put the biggest subwoofers in their trunk that they could afford and fit? Some of them also made sure they made the appropriate modifications to the trunk to reduce rattle from the booming bass. Some didn't, and it sounded dumb because their vibrating trunk was louder than the rest of the music. There's something wrong with the speaker on my driver's side door, and it rattles with too much bass. (It's broken, or something is loose, and has needed deeper investigation for a year.) But most of the stuff I listen to in the car, at the volume at which I listen to it, doesn't cause rattling or vibration. "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" rattled the crap out of my speaker. There is a shocking amount of deeply reverberating bass on that album. As for the actual music, there are numerous 5-star songs on the album. It's also a double album, so there are so many songs that not all rise to that level. Interestingly, a couple of the hits - "Zero" and "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" - I felt did not hold up 25 years later. Meanwhile, "Thirty-Three," "1979," "Muzzle," and many more still blow me away. There is some deep 90s angst on here, but also some really timeless stuff. Good mix of experimentation, and pairing of quieter, softer songs with some real rage. A few of the raging songs just don't quite do it for me, keeping the album from hitting 5 stars. You could definitely make a 50-star single album from the tracks on this one. Billy Corgan's is another voice that I feel like shouldn't work, but usually does. And I think that on "Mellon Collie" he found some really great ways to use his vocal instrument. By the way, in addition to various recent Pumpkins reunions, for the last 10 years Corgan has spent a lot of his time and money in professional wrestling, working in ownership and backstage creative roles. He is currently the owner of one of the oldest promotions, the National Wrestling Alliance. Clearly, Corgan has gone in a lot of different directions since the 90s. I didn't like the Pumpkins as much as their sound evolved in a more electronic direction on later albums. But "Siamese Dream" and "Mellon Collie" remain absolute classics.

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

This is one of the more confusing choices for me. It came out right when I was forming musical perspective. The singles were all over the radio. The branding was fantastic. The double album. I remember going to the music shops in the mall where you could stand there and listen to the albums on the kiosks. It's very hard for me to listen to this without feeling all that nostalgia. What stands out to me today is how some of the best songs sound deeply heavy yet glimmery at the same time. And the vocals are objectively harsh but impressively versatile. I feel like there's some great songwriting on here. I'm giving it a nostalgia-driven 4

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Though a tad overstuffed, this LP dodges any sort of datedness with a diverse set of influences to pull from. The scorching guitar tone still invokes the 90s, but purely in the best way possible as it floods the tire soundstage. A masterclass in production and arrangement all around

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Highly polished and sounds fantastic. A little edgy on the lyrics, but it's 1995, cut some slack. Despite being a double album, both halves were full of fantastic songs. The highlights were definitely on the first half. A piano ballad, then an orchestra, then a raw punk-like display that reminds me of In Utero, then a gothic song with great vocals and weird buzz synth sound, then an all-around fantastic track with my favorite bridge, then my favorite single that's dark with rhythmic drumming, then a slow solemn song, then a rapid drumming metal song, then an abrasive synth-heavy track, then a strange harp song that reflects the album cover, then two more great tracks and songwriting, then a psychedelic long masterpiece, ending with a somber dream-like track that puts this half to a close. There is ridiculous diversity in these track. No two sound even remotely the same, it's no wonder everyone has a different favorite with such a tremendous display in talent. Yet it's all glued together in a coherent mass. For half the songs on here, I could definitely see a divided opinion on being one of the best or one of the worst tracks on the album. I always need a break after the first half to really get into it due to the heavy sound. The second side feels a lot more surreal, with busy basslines, screeching, and sudden transitions from track to track, and repeated lines that make it perfect for doing drugs to I think. I think my main complaint is that all the songs are too long. I'm always like "Wow this is a cool song" and then 2 minutes later being like "Oh it's still going?" Nearly all the tracks are over 4 minutes, and some definitely don't need this space. I didn't hate any of the songs to wish they were shorter, but it could have benefitted, and I feel some of the tracks were panned just to fill up time. That being said, they weren't any awful tracks. There were a few forgettable tracks after "1979" that could have been cut. But otherwise, I loved the whole album, and I will frequently come back to it. I couldn't even decide whether I liked this better than Siamese Dream, that's how you know you got an album right.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

Before listening to this, I read that with "Mellon Collie...", Billy Corgan and co. set out to produce "The Wall" for the 90s post-grunge generation. How to feel about that... should it have made me wince with dread or buckle down for an all-time classic? Firstly, it isn't really accurate: "Mellon Collie" has no discernible narrative, it's just 28 tracks over two hours tied together by teenage angst and a loose day/night theme. And after a couple of listens and time to start digesting it all, I found myself really torn on it. First time round, I spent most of Part I with my head in my hands at its HEAVINESS, occasionally taking notice when a strong hook, pretty melody or anything else outside the heavy-rock formula broke through. Part II really took me by surprise towards the end, with a run of tracks totally different from the rest of the album. From "We Only Come Out At Night" onwards, things suddenly seem to take an indie/folky/art-rock direction with shades of Britpop. I was reminded of the likes of Super Furry Animals and Supergrass and loved every minute. The closer "Farewell and Goodnight", with every band member sharing lead vocals, is a nice touch and lovely low-key ending. I've always preferred tender ballads to heavy rock numbers, so it's no surprise that "Stumbleine", "Galapogos" and "Cupid de Locke" are some of my other favourites on offer here. I get the feeling that by liking these tracks more, I'm not really a fan of "Smashing Pumpkins doing Smashing Pumpkins". To me, the metal numbers don't feel particularly exciting, although a few of them stood out: "Jellybelly" has a strong hook, and "Muzzle" and "Here Is No Why" focus on being actual songs rather than fat riffs or strangled nasally rants. On the other hand, "Love", "Bodies", "Tales of a Scorched Earth" and "X.Y.U" are all a chore to get through. The guitars, tuned down a half-step on almost every track, lack definition, getting lost in murky low-end and raging distortion. Some more clarity in the mix might have helped, but I suppose it's not the vibe they were going for. While the really heavy tracks weren't to my taste, they do help the ballads to stand out and stop them dragging each other down. There are other songs worth singling out: two of the longest tracks triumph by placing tender melodic sections back to back with the band's heavier edge. "Porcelina..." and "Thru the Eyes of Ruby" are both excellent and earn their long running time. Finally, "1979" is the most popular of all for a reason. Simple, direct and tuneful, it radiates its wistful energy today with all the same impact it must have had in 1995. A review of this album wouldn't be complete without singling out some of the infamous "teenage angst" lyrics: "God is empty just like me"... boo-hoo; "Love is suicide" - repeated ad nauseam; and one of the most famous phrases on the album- "Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage"... gimme a break. So while the lyrics were often cringeworthy and some of the songs weren't to my taste at all, in the end I have to celebrate the sheer scope of this album. Yes, 2 hours is problematic if the poor material starts to get in the way, but after a couple of listens I was able to get through "Mellon Collie" on the strength of its best cuts. It's incredibly impressive that the Pumpkins carved out this mass of music, a towering testament to the alternative rock movement in 1995 as it swung on a pendulum between grunge, metal and everything beyond. It's greater than the sum of its parts and its ambition helps to solidify its icon status. In the hope that I'll come back to it and start to appreciate this even more, bumping it up to a 4*.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

This one's kind of an odd choice although I understand the impulse (Siamese Dream is also on this list, deservedly). Any time a group at the height of their fame makes a double album, there's a temptation for critics to proclaim it a masterpiece, especially if it's massively popular. Frankly, if I had to include another Smashing Pumpkins album, any of the others would be preferable, even the odds and sods collection Pisces Iscariot. Why? Because roughly half of MC&TIS is wretched and half of it's good to great--it's uneven as hell. Plus, even on the better tunes, Billy Corgan's nihilism is beginning to sound forced. It's hard to maintain that high a level of angst and anger with any honesty when you've succeeded beyond your wildest dreams, a problem Smashing Pumpkins shares with Radiohead. Let's survey the damage. \"To Forgive\" is wan and bland in a way that Corgan's ballads had never been in the past. The band performance on \"An Ode To No One\" is as furious as ever (including a snarling guitar solo from Corgan), but there isn't much of a tune to support it--the melody and structure are unmemorable. \"Love\" is another tune that should have been left in the can--whatever happened to Corgan's ability to compose earworms? A one bar hook repeated ad infinitum doesn't cut it. It gets worse. Cupid de Locke is a total loss--a lazy bundle of twinkling musical cliches that goes nowhere. Galapagos isn't awful, merely weak, a pale echo of the songwriting strategies Corgan used on the much superior \"Today\" from Siamese Dream. Honestly, \"Take Me Down\" is a pretty ballad, but James Iha's amateurish vocal tanks it. Thirty-Three is another misfire. In the past, Corgan had shown a great talent for alternating brutal Black Sabbath influenced headbangers with pretty ballads, but it doesn't work when the ballads are as musically simpleminded as this. It's too bad because James Iha's atmospheric twanging guitar work on the track is wasted. I could go on, but you get the point, and I didn't even get to the outright doggerel of They Only Come Out At Night. Every time MC&TIS threatens to gather momentum and knock you on your ass, one or more subpar tunes stops the album in its tracks. And yet, there are any number of powerful songs like \"Tonight, Tonight,\" \"Jellybelly,\" or \"Zero.\" I'd especially single out drummer Jimmy Chamberlin for praise, but really the entire band functions as one powerhouse unit. And it's not only the Sabbath and dream pop influenced tracks that work. The opening track, \"Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness,\" a pretty piano driven ballad, is a perfect introduction to the three headbangers that follow it. And \"In the Eyes of Ruby\" is a majestic example of the loud/soft dream heavy metal/dream pop amalgam that Billy Corgan often excels at. Truly, there's nothing wrong with MC&TIS that a ruthless editor couldn't have fixed. My advice is to make a playlist, leaving out the clunkers, and you'll have a first rate album on your hands.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

While this album is nearly the definition of a seminal 90s album, the contents are decidedly a mixed bag. Some of the songs are tunes that will live forever in the ears of those who first heard them then. Others are forgettable. Perhaps a double album wasn't the best way for the Pumpkins to cement their legacy. Billy Corgan's voice is certainly quirky and I'm sure there are many that don't like it at all. For me, when it works, it works incredibly well; but when it doesn't, it grates. The lush orchestrations are out of this world and fill some of the songs to the max. The more spare entries are perhaps the more powerful for it. As for the lyrics, it is quintessential 90s angst. What could be a more stereotypical pronouncement of the disaffected youth of the day than "emptiness is loneliness, and loneliness is cleanliness, and cleanliness is godliness, and god is empty just like me"? A full re-listen really brought back to me how solid parts of this album were. And yet it also showed me how much of its time it was. It's not really a surprise that the Pumpkins couldn't make a go of it in the new century. But still, we'll always have "tonight, tonight".

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Sat May 22 2021
2

While this album is more "experimental" than Siamese Dream, the experiments into other genres aren't really interesting. Most of the album feels like leftovers from Siamese Dream. There are several good tracks here, but there are a lot of rough patches. Mellon Collie has good slow songs, but I much prefer Siamese Dream. Highlights: 1, 2, 4, 6, 19, 22, 24, 26, and 28.

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Tue Dec 29 2020
5

Hello

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Mon Sep 21 2020
5

I loved it!

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

9/10 This album is concise despite having all sorts of songs, contains gems, and made me feel better on a sad day. Imo the pumpkins' best work. F.T.: Tonight, tonight (duh. One of the best songs of all time)

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Fri Oct 23 2020
5

Damn Good

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

One of my all time favourite albums, and definitely among the best albums released in the 90's. While I love 'Siamese Dream' as well, this is the Pumpkins' zenith, and they never managed to top this.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Nice but kinda long.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
5

Really nice. I knew soem of them and I will definetly return.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Excellent

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

Excellent album. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Had notes....lost them...disappointed

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Great album all around. Brings back lots of memories.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

The Smashing Pumpkins best album, hands down. I got to see this performed in its entirety live, and it is simply amazing.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Love the sprawl of this album! XYU is fantastic!

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

First album on this list that I've heard and remember every song on. LOVED this album, even though Billy Corgan is a fucking douche now. (And probably was then).

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Gooooood

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Sat Jul 17 2021
5

This album is like a perfect winter day. 10

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

Sin dudarlo.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
5

Mich holt das dicke Ding regelmäßig ein, lange immer wieder neues entdeckt, mittlerweile ist dieses Opus Magnum in Fleisch und Blut übergegangen. Dabei war der Beginn dieser Liebe kein leichter. Etwas verschreckt von den brachialen Noise Momenten (“Bodies“, „Tales of a scorched Earth“, „X.Y.U“) gab ich das Album im Plattenladen erst einmal wieder zurück, um es dann von innerer Resonanz des einmal gehörten angetrieben in gewisser Form besessen vom guttural-prügelndem (ebenjenes „Bodies“) zurückzuverlangen. Es hat sich gelohnt, diese Megatonne an Zitaten („love is suicide“, „despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a Cage“, „the world is a vampire“, „god is empty just like me“ etc.) zur Verarbeitung von teenage angst als tröstendes Pflaster für pubertären Weltschmerz zu nutzen und eine besondere biografische Verbundenheit (Geburtsjahr) durch die Song-gewordene Wehmut von „1979“ herbei zu fantasieren. Ohnehin muss in diesem Zusammenhang betont werden, wozu Corgan und Co. außerordentlich imstande sind: Pop! Zudem gelingt ihnen eine Doppel-LP ist wie eine Umarmung der Vergangenheit mit der Zukunft; „Siamese Dream“ mit „Adore“. Würde ich gefragt, wäre dies hier DAS Pumpkins Album schlechthin. Idiosynkratische 4.8

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Tue Mar 23 2021
5

One of the new favorites

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Good but a bit shouty

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

El disco que me regalaron mis amigas el día que cumplí 18 años tiene demasiado significado como para poner ninguna otra cosa.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

It has 28 tracks and it's still 5/5. Well played Billy boy.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
5

Amazing

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

One of my favorite albums of all time. Spent countless hours listening to this when it came out and over the years.

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Sat Apr 03 2021
5

Yes please

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Wed Apr 21 2021
5

One of my faves

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Tue May 18 2021
5

There's nothing I can say. WOW.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
5

Awesome as I remember

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Mon May 10 2021
5

This is one of the great albums of the 90's, which should stand the test of time.

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Wed May 19 2021
5

This album is great, but holy fuck is it long.

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Wed May 12 2021
5

A classic and a favourite from my youth, quite enjoyed the heavier tracks aswell

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Sat May 22 2021
5

Very nice

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Tue Sep 07 2021
5

A little too crunchy for some at times, but so great. They've never come close to this ever since. There are 28 full tracks, 2 hours and maybe 4-5 stinkers, so I'll give them a pass on those and call this the honor roll it is.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
5

I really liked it. Better than I remembered from the 90's. Harder and angrier than I remember.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

One of the very best.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
5

It’s interesting experimental rock album both pop, punk, metal and classical colours.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

goooodd. thought i’d get bored because it was long but it was good from start to finish. impressed xxx

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

I had this on cassette at the time. I know it has about 5 of my favourite songs of all time on it. I remember skipping a lot of it as an 11 year old though, so I don't actually know if it is a good album. The joy is I love or really like the first 10 tracks, and it's only at Galapagos that it starts to lull at all - and even then, it's an okay song. If they had stopped at track 10, they would have made a classic album already. I'd add it's also an ambitious one. If they had stuck to their lane, Bullet With Butterfly Wings and Zero would make it a classic up there with Siamese Dream. But the gentle piano intro and Tonight Tonight show that they were trying to go bigger and more wide-screen here. However, at this middle point I can see the second half of an album looming with not much I know there, and I am unsure they can sustain the pace here - though with 1979 to look forward to, it may still be okay! Honestly, the second half lags a bit compared to the first, but still contains 33, 1979, and We Only Come Out at Night. If this had been a single album, or even a 20 track double album, it'd be revered. And frankly, I can't blame it for its ambition. Very few albums ever have this much quality on them, it's getting five stars in spite of its flaws, as I'd give Sign O The Times and the White Album the same courtesy.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
5

MEGACLASSIC

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

very solid sound, unique for that time period.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
5

This album is way heavier than I remember it being (in parts). XYU almost feels like a Sabbath song. Overall, I feel like Siamese Dream had more of my favourites on it but this album was a solid listen with just a little bit of filler. That’s impressive for a double album Favourite tracks: “Zero” “Jellybelly” “X.Y.U.” “1979”

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

Huge anthems, skipping mush and fillers. The strings play a huge part

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

It was aight.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

As much as I can't stand Billy Corgan this is an incredible album.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

This album really spans the range of the Smashing Pumpkins. Here we see the band at their heaviest, softest, and most reflective. The two hour run time is a bit much, but this is such an essential album for this band and for the 90s that it doesn’t matter.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

As I've experienced it, this band (really, Billy Corgan) certainly generates strong opinions in all directions amongst those familiar with them. I happen to like a lot of their music. Sometimes the songs aren't at all to my liking, but a lot are. This album has quite a few tracks I genuinely love, like the title track, 'Tonight, Tonight,' '1979,' 'Stumbleine,' and a handful of others. I don't like it when I hear people criticize Corgan as a person because I admire how open he has been about his mental health challenges, and he's done a lot to support that community and causes. I do understand how he can sometimes stoke negative opinions, and I've wondered whether he might enjoy courting that because he's comfortable airing a lot publicly, but overall, I have compassion for him and what he's lived through and with. As a musician and writer, I think Billy Corgan is incredible. He is prolific, plays a number of instruments superbly well (one of the best guitar players of my generation -- he and I are only a few weeks apart in age), produces well, and although I understand his singing voice is not to everyone's liking, I happen to like his vocals and think they fit his songwriting spot on. The artwork on this double LP is great. This is a truly great album. Glad it came up on my rotation.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
5

Cool album! The hits are hits for good reason, and the deeper tracks are very well written. Some tracks go hard AF. Quite a rollercoaster of an album.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

Take me back to high school. Hated the mental space I was in as I listened to this then. It hits so different these 27 years later.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

literally wtf thought it was gonna be interesting but no... they give me this. what the hell

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Sun Jan 23 2022
5

Beautiful.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

Rock oscuro de los Smashing Pumpkins. Varios megahits. Vinilo.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

Listened to this a lot in the 90's. Great album

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Esse é PICA

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

One of the best double albums of all time.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

Phantasmagoria of dreamscapes and nightmares, rollicking guitars and ferocious drums, lullabies and funeral processions, marching towards uncertainty and dread. Unstoppable, immovable, and downright unmatchable. Wanna go for a ride.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

Buff, este disco lo machaqué de tanto oírlo. Al final como Billy Corgan empezó a decir tonterías en épocas recientes le cogí manía al grupo y un poco a su música. ► Del primer disco me gustan: "Tonight, Tonight","Jellybelly","Zero","Here Is No Why","Bullet with Butterfly Wings","Cupid de Locke","Muzzle" y "Take Me Down" (Qué bueno es James Iha!!!). ► Del segundo disco: "Bodies","Thirty-Three","1979","Stumbleine","We Only Come Out at Night","Lily (My One and Only)" y "Farewell and Goodnight". Volviendo a escucharlo con detalle veo que me gustan más las canciones más tranquilas y pop. Un gran disco doble que refleja una época desde una ciudad diferente a Seattle.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

I unironically love this album, and have for 15+ years.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

One of the best

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Peak of the decade, and maybe the century. Incredible music through both albums.

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Sat Apr 02 2022
5

Rock oscuro de los Smashing Pumpkins. Varios megahits. Vinilo.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
5

Good stuff from Billy Corgan. Lots of great songs and good moments. Gets a bit long winded occasionally, but still worthy of a top rating.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

This album is real good. It's everything that was actually good about 90s music combined and executed to perfection. It's like you can hear every other 90s rock band in these songs - Nirvana, Our Lady Peace, Soundgarden, even like Tool or Metallica - except they do it better. Plus, every song has arc. It's not the same 3-4 chords in the same progression (or, if it is, they've arranged it in such a way that you can't tell). It's almost operatic. This is also one of the best-produced albums I think I've ever heard. It's just so clean, even though it's so busy.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

This is a perfect record. It's the record that made me love the Smashing Pumpkins - and propelled me into their back catalog and caused me to wait with anticipation through the early 2000s when the original lineup ended. I can't wait to review the other records by this band on this list (there better be at least a couple more). The subsequent "Aeroplane Flies High" box set has 30ish more songs that are all good enough to have made it on the single LPs of other bands of the time. The pumpkins weren't grunge but they were the best band of the grunge era. I could type forever about every song here. Every song on this record has had a moment for me. Where it was my favorite song on the record, and I was listening to it on repeat. I scoured the lyric sheets for meaning. And I learned how to play the hardest guitar parts I'd ever played at the time. 10/5.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

Najdraži predugi album

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

An excellent album. Master class. Smashing but extremely accurated finishing.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

I like it

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Wed Apr 20 2022
5

Easy five benefiting from a massive nostalgia bump. Alternating between grungy angsty alt rock and halcyon drifty dream pop, it ticks a lot of my boxes. Think I'd probably still really dig this if I was hearing it for the first time... Fave track - honesty, about a third of the album would qualify depending on my mood during that specific listen. This time around, let's say "Bodies"...

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Fri Apr 22 2022
5

One of the greatest albums of all time

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Sat May 07 2022
5

When I was started to comprehend pop music and rock music in the mid 90s, my recollection is that Smashing Pumpkins were a bigger deal than Pearl Jam or Soundgarden. However now they aren’t really mentioned in the same breath as them or other rock bands as the best of the 90s. I’m guilty of this too, if I had to list the top rock acts of the 90s off the top of my head, I don’t think I would have thought of Pumpkins. It’s crazy too that given how good this album is that I can’t really point to any band that ripped them off. Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness is a record I’ve always meant to listen to, maybe I hadn’t because it’s a double album and over 2 hours long; it’s a big time commitment. I now wish I had jumped into it earlier, this thing is a masterpiece and I would have worn this out. I know most of the songs on its, from Zero to Bullet With Butterfly Wings. But the other songs in between really kill it. Like Jellybelly which is going into my current rotation. Amazing work Corgan and company.

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Tue May 10 2022
5

Just as good as it was when I was 13 and first heard it. I love this album. 5/5

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Sun May 15 2022
5

songs - 10/10

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Wed May 18 2022
5

Although it falters during the last half of the second disc, the rest of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is so epic in scope, it qualifies as a masterpiece. Is it overwrought exercise in self-indulgence, as so many double albums are? Absolutely! But it fluidly moves between hugely fuzzy and bombastic, and gentle and introspective, and sometimes manages to be both at once. Like MCR would later channel Queen on The Black Parade, Smashing Pumpkins have leaped from straightforward grunge to a theatrical and grand arena rock spectacle while maintaining the angsty foundation that made them.

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Sat May 21 2022
5

Troche materialu od pana Corgana juz bylo, ale dopiero teraz trafilo na jego magnum opus, czyli Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness z 95, ktory stanowi potezny 28 trakowy krazek, trzci w dyskografii The Smashing Pumpkins, jeszcze bardziej niz na poprzednim picku od tego zespolu slychac jak roznorodnosc brzmienia, bo prawie dwie godziny czasu daja sporo miejsca na eksperymenty, wiec slychac zarowno grungowa jechanka, jak tez akustyczne wolniejsze numery, synthezowe brzmienia z 1979, a nawet kompozycje na orkiestre jak na tonight, tonight, calosc mozna podzielic na dwie glowne czesci, czyli dzien i noc, ktore w orginalnym vinylowym wydaniu byly rozbite jeszcze inaczej, bo az na szesc czesci, co tez w pewnym sensie zmienia jak sie slucha albumu, ktory pomimo tego, ze jest definytywnym pozegnaniem z mlodoscia od pana Corgana, to jednak dawkuje roznorakie strony tego okresu w zaleznosci od strony traka, wiec kolejnosc plejlisty z pewnoscia wplywa tutaj na odbior krazka, gdy pierwszy raz sluchalem tego albumu, to gralem spotifajem wersje dzien/noc, ale w ramach tego odsluchu soulseekowalem orginalne vinylowe wydanie w calkiem przyzwoitej jakosci, bo taka ilosc trakow nagrana w przeciagu kilku miesiecy musi miec swoje surowe miejsca, ktore slychac zwlaszcza na utworach gdzie leci mocna sieczka gitarowa duetu Corgan x Iha, ktory zdecydowanie jest niedoceniany jako gitara prowadzaca, ten album wydaje sie byc dobrym self checkiem czy jeszcze jest sie wystarczajaco mlodym zeby liryka odnosila sie do osoby sluchajacej, czy juz czlowiek jest zbyt przezuty zyciem na palanie nienawiscia przeciwko zyciu i wszystkiemu co sie z nim laczy, jeden z niewielu dwu godzinnych albumow ktore jestem w stanie sluchac kolejny raz w jednym posiedzeniu, wiec chyba nadal nie jest ze mna tak zle, na plejke nic nie dodaje, bo sluchane offlajnowo tym razem

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Wed May 25 2022
5

Clásico de mi juventud.

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Sun May 29 2022
5

An album as big as Billy Corgan's ego. A mix of ballads, metal, indie rock, goth and everything in between. Even the terrible pun of the title can't detract from its vastness. Best Tracks: Tonight, Tonight; Bullet With Butterfly Wings; 1979

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

Absolutely one of the best albums of the era

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

Incredible

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Fri Jun 17 2022
5

5 fucking stars baby.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

It's funny to revisit this album outside of the strict religious context of my upbringing. Phrases like, "Jesus was an only sun" and "bastard son of a bastard son" were so scandalous and my mind could not spare the energy to try to understand or enjoy the songs for what they were because I was so pre-occupied with whether my parents would think that they had a corrupting influence on my soul and whether they were right. Corgan seems to have a fascination with the contrast between thrashy aggressive sounds and beautiful fragile ones. A great example is the transition to "And I give it all up to you" on an ode to no one. I think that this was a really important thing in that it created permission for people, particularly teenage boys, to enjoy music that was full of both rage and a yearning for beauty. It's trivial now, The Breakfast Club era stereotypes were so strong that it sometimes felt like you couldn't like loud aggressive music and quite pretty music. The Smashing Pumpkins did a lot for breaking that down. Muzzle is an example of this being blended rather than contrasted. Chef's kiss for the way the instruments come to life on "Where Boys Fear To Tread". The lyrics on Stumbeline.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

1 x (9+7) +9 /5=🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Plus Tonight, tonight!

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

Al is dit album meer dan 2 uur lang, toch verveelt het niet door het aanboren van veel verschillende genres. Ik kende enkel de singles uit dit album, maar de rest -kalm, hevig, melodieus,...- is ook erg goed

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

Discazo

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Wed Jul 13 2022
5

The day after I got Siamese Dream, the generator gave me Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and I'm happy it did. Mellon Collie is significantly better in my mind. I had heard it a long time ago but never really revisited it as I wasn't a big Smashing Pumpkins fan. It is a lot more diverse stylistically and sonically from song to song than Siamese Dream is. I feel there is a lot more emotion in the songs too. This is an album I will be coming back to although it is a little long for my liking at around 2 hours. I believe this album also features the best song they ever made in "1979". The Smashing Pumpkins have never been one of my favorites, but this album is undoubtedly excellent, rightfully revered as a classic and may have changed my mind about them in general after my first re-listen in years. Favorite Songs: "1979", "Tonight, Tonight", "Zero", "Bullet With Butterfly Wings", "We Only Come Out At Night"

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

It's a long record, that's for sure, but personally this is probably the closest to be a perfect double-album in the CD era. It's not just the songs - the single from this record are hugely iconic and timeless (Tonight, Tonight, 1979, Zero, Bullet with Butterfly Wings) - but it's a record's record in the sense that each track flows to another seamlessly, rising, and falling, yet remaining interesting throughout. There's gentle, there's aggressive, the production is impeccable, James Iha's guitars are unique and wonderful - balancing virtuosity, with style. Chamberlain's drums are pounding and tight, and gorgeous sounding. The way the entire double album is bookended with a piano theme is iconic - and the energy is balanced perfectly throughout. Lyrically it gets a bit twee, but not too embarrassingly so - and it doesn't yet feel dated. I remember listening to this when it was released - one of the first albums I really discovered and loved - and nothing this band did before or since matches up to it - so it's a fluke, and one that should be honored. And yes, it's Billy Corgan, and yes it's the 90s and yes, there is a lot of space for mockery - but musically, this record holds.

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Sat Jul 30 2022
5

Perfection.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

jaaaa

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

two sp albums??? Yayyy

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

Excellent album.. tunes for the soul

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Finalmente me dediquei e me presenteei com a audição do disco duplo do a sequência de diferentes formas do rock na essência.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

Definitely dig the album. Not sure it is my fav of theirs though

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

6 hours!?!

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

a 5

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

amazing, so many different emotions, all over the place but still cohesive

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

What a masterpiece. songs like Tonight, Tonight, Bullet with Butterfly Wings or Thirty-Three will stay with me forever 9/10

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

Okay, so this is obviously obscenely long. But I'm not even mad because it's consistently pretty fucking great.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

I love The Smashing Pumpkins. My mom used to listen to them all the time when I was a kid. Mellon Collie has gotten many a happy listen from me

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

First album I ever bought my self. Listened to this so many times and I'm still not bored of it

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

An ambitious masterpiece! Not sure this needed to be a double album, but many great songs throughout

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

Another fantastic album from the Smashing Pumpkins! It has many classics that I know well from "Rotten Apples" but I didn't have this album as a teenager so I don't think I have ever listened to the album as a whole before. Listening to the whole thing is quite an undertaking at over 2 hours in length but the album explores such a wide range of styles that none of the 28 songs seem like filler. At the end of it all, you feel emotionally exhausted (in a good way)

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

Yea

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

A classic for me, personally, even though it can be a bit long on the latter half. Definitely has a lot of nostalgia bound up in it.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
5

Over two hours of music! It should count for two albums, and I wouldn't mind, if both of them were on this list. I'm very surprised by The Smashing Pumpkins, I always thought its a soft rock band, but they had some power, energy and rage to it! I really liked the album, I will definitely listen tocthis again, unfortunately I don't have more time to write more than that. Easy 5.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
5

8/8 worlds vampired

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

Wow. I've been dismissing SP so long due to comments about Corgan's voice but now finally give it a chance and it absolutely blew me. This is truly a melancholy album despite not having a sad instrumental. Every songs here are phenomenal, the first six especially. I feel like Stumbleine (or even the whole second half) is underrated. Looking forward to be listening more of SP. Shiny, 26/10/22

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

A wonderful colossal!

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Sat Oct 29 2022
5

Did I not asked her to believe in me as I believed in her? How many times back then we felt the imposible was possible… tonight? I even considered back in the day getting a tattoo with the words “despite all my rage I’m still just a rat in a cage”… I remember how I spend years without hearing Thirty Three and then listening to it the day my girlfriend broke up with me as I pulled up my collar up and faced the cold on my own… (it was April tho lol). I remember singing to Lilly (my one and only) the stray dog we briefly housed so many years ago… this album has always been with me. I was 8 at the time it came out. Would this album be as praised if it was only say, 10 songs long? I do think so. The hits are just that massive but the legend of the record needs for it to be 28 songs long. They say Corgan locked himself in an hotel room and came out with all of those songs… I know some of them are not worth it and for that this should be a 3 or a 4 but damn those hits are timeless and beyond greatness.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

This was actually one of the first albums I ever listened to all the way through without interruption, so I suppose you could say it holds a place in my heart of some kind. I mean, obviously it's a double album, but it's crazy how many memorable songs are on this album. 1979, Bullet With Butterfly Wings, Zero, We Only Come Out At Night, Lily, and many more. It's just a really fantastic grunge album that has a lot of variety. I admittedly seem to like the first part more than the second part, but both have great songs and are a joy to listen to. Getting some good albums lately, can't wait for another line of stinkers.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

A masterpiece like this doesn't come along very often.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

Ho una profonda antipatia per Billy Corgan, ma questo è un capolavoro. E poi, c'è un pezzo che si chiama "Porcelina dei vasti oceani". Un titolo così già merita 5.

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

Incredible album with a bunch of bangers in "Bullet with Butterfly Wings", "Zero", and "Tonight, Tonight". 9/10

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

Tonight tonight’s left me in tears, thanks to this i have found a new favorite song for the rest of my life. This album is incredible full of emotion that fits well during a specific time of your life. I hope things get better and that one day I will look back at this album and remember all these confusing emotions as a part of the distant past. Things will get better with time, im sure of it. 5 stars

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

Tonight tonight

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Fri Sep 11 2020
4

not a bad album, was a big hit when i was a kid and i remember a good few choons off it

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

1995. Key Songs: 1979, Bullet With Butterfly Wings, Tonight Tonight

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Fri Nov 13 2020
4

cool album need more time to listen

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Thu Dec 17 2020
4

very pog band

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Deluxe edition is 6 hours of straight angst and sadness =, with highlights of 90s bops

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

Never really listened to smashing pumpkins, not sure why as definitely style of music I like. this is a great album if not a bit too long. His voice can also come across a little whiny

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

Obviously a great album

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

1979

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

Cool, versatile alt rock. Some of it's a little heavier than my taste, but good nonetheless.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

it was good. "Despite all my rage I'm still just a rat in a cage". That's the line that's most fun to sing.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

7.1

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Too much filler in the first half billy

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

One of the grunge classics

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Solid album. Unique sound that's enjoyable, even for 28 songs.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

Great album. A "classic" for me. So many hits.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

1979😍

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Tonight, Tonight is great, the first song is really nice orchestral song.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Homer Simpson. Smiling politely.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

❤️

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Classic, classic. Still rocks. I have a bias against double LPs though.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

I forgot this was a double disc! Or was this just for the remaster? Anyway, this was such a great album growing up. To me, this is SP's pinnacle, and my favorite of their. Too bad Billy is such a cuck.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

love classic rock

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Several of those songs are on my playlists sooo...

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

I forgot how much I enjoy The Smashing Pumpkins. Great album!

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

Always disliked the Smashing Pumpkins, but after listening through this album I may need to reevaluate. There were songs that I didn’t care for (it’s a two hour album, how do you avoid that?), but on the whole I was really impressed by it. Some really great music in here.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

I forgot this was a double disc! Or was this just for the remaster? Anyway, this was such a great album growing up. To me, this is SP's pinnacle, and my favorite of their. Too bad Billy is such a cuck.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Maracas

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

I don't know where I was in the '90s, but I know that I like Smashing Pumpkins much more than I tough before this album. A great piece of art with a lot of different styles, but still connected, even the more "experimental" songs are great and in line with the rest of the album. Definitively worths it

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

Off the bat, I love the album title, the album art. Reminds me of Melancholia, I wonder if Lars took inspiration from this gals green dress and the name when he was doing his movie poster. I could see Lars Von Trier being a Smashing Pumpkins fan. Even beyond that, this is an even bolder album because it is two hours long over twenty eight songs and two CDs. Very impressive especially for that time period. You look at just a few years earlier when Nirvana came out with Nevermind and that album was very short compared to this. I loved the instrumental song to start and didn’t realize that “Despite all my rage, I’m still just a rat in a cage” was from Bullet with Butterfly Wings! I thought it was from a Doors song or something. That was a pleasant surprise. As the album goes on, many of the songs drifted into the background, not because they were bad but they play really well as background music. Most of the stand outs for me came from the beginning of the album but I liked this album much more than Siamese Dream. Standouts were the first track, Tonight, Tonight, Zero, and Bullet with Butterfly Wings.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

^ Awesome album, if a bit erratic and superficially moody v Decent album, probably better as a live show

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Good, but, like most double albums, if they'd taken their best songs and made a single album it would have been even better.

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Mon May 03 2021
4

Tails off but four stars just for the first six or so songs on disk 1.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Love this album. Fantastic melodies. Hit after hit. Sweeping soundscapes. Nostalgia. So good. Favorite track: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

1/3 = 5* :) 2/3 = 2* at best :(

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Some good hits, but too many songs

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

A good one to get back into the albums with. Really not a bad song, excellent vibes. Emo without making me feel bad. 9

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

really beautiful and moving album. the vocals got a little whiney for me at certain points. insane length but the variety in tempo and style helped to keep me interested. 8/10

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Thought this was going to be my first 5* but on listening back, not as perfect as I remember. Still a worthy 4!

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Mon May 03 2021
4

Blast from the past. Enjoyed it quite a lot.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

It's a double album and clocking in at 2 hours, I found it difficult to digest in one sitting. To start, they make great fuckin' bangers with wild riffs, maxed distortion, and superb composition makes the heavier songs pack a serious punch. Contrast that to the more soft and tender songs like Tonight, Tonight that give the album breathing room and variation. This makes for a wholly strong album, giving great credence to the legendary status of this alt-rock treasure. Rarely did I feel like there was a low point, but the length of this titan makes it hard not to get at least a little burned out. Closer to a 4.5 than a 4.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Its decent enough, but could make it a perfect single album rather than a double album to be fair.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Some great, some meh, too long overall

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Cut about 10 tracks from this and you could make one very solid album

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

There’s a five star album hidden in here once you cut through the filler

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

Brilliant in its scale and variety of themes. Loads of great songs interspersed with a full albums worth of filler. Nobody wants to listen to Billy Corgans shrill voice for 2+ hours.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

Could have been a five star album if they’d picked the right 12-14 songs. Just too much bloat here.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

Still can't stand Billy's voice, however this is pretty solid stuff.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Last great grunge album

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Jedan veoma kvalitetan dvostruki album. Velim ja da je uvijek rizično raditi dvostruki album ako nećeš biti konzistentan. Naravno daleko od toga da mi se svaka pjesma sviđa, ali toliko ima kvalitetnih pjesama na ovom albumu da jednostavno nije fer dati lošiju ocijenu za album od 28 pjesama, a gdje većina albuma valja. Album ima svoje neke padove, gdje nije toliko interesantno, ali to je samo u nekim sitnim dijelovima (čitaj pjesmama). Odlične pjesme poput: Tonight, Tonight, Zero, Bullet With Butterfly Wings, Bodies, 1979, Stumbleine, Cupid De Locke i tako dalje. Od ovih pjesama što sam nabrojao bar 3 pjesme su mi u njihovih top 10 - pametnome dosta. Hvale vrijedan album Smashing Pumpkinsa te po mom mišljenju je album ipak iza meni njihovog najdražeg Siamese Dreams. Ovaj album ima shift prema agresiji pa vraćanje na pasivu i vice versa. Neke predivne balade, lijepi instrumentali, ali isto tako i divlji vokali sa pojačanim gitarama.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

wow - I literally transcended. Some songs are a bit too hard rock but this album is incredibly beautiful

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

Thoroughly enjoyable, but only as a whole album experience

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

Some poor tracks, but some surprisingly good ones too.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

dreamy, weird, obscure, like any pisces would dig. don't really like billy corgan's persona, can't help but love his music tho.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

Just fantastic. Part of my music education, although I didn't really take it into account at the time. Amazing songwriting. Amazing drumming! Just too long and dips in parts so not quite 5 stars Does drag in parts and is insanely long. hence 4 starts, not 5

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

I absolutely love this album and the pumpkins. There is definitely some filler though lol

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Sat Aug 21 2021
4

Disco de largo aliento, sin embargo, creo que todo suena bien, con mucha cohesión y hay canciones que me gustaron particularmente. "Zero", "Here Is No Why", "Bullet With Butterfly Wings", "Love", "Muzzle", "Bodies", "1979" y "Stumbleine", esta última de las baladitas. No sé qué más decir, que es el primer disco de los Smashing que escucho completo y está bien, todo oc. 7.5/10

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Sat Aug 21 2021
4

Sí me gustó bastante, aunque claro que no terminé de escucharlo, sí suena dark. Creo que necesito oir con más calma las canciones de los 2 primeros cds que se supone son las que cuentan (?)

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

But bloated. But what’s good is great

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

I'd never listened to this whole album before. When I was younger, Corgan's voice got on my nerves so I never gave Smashing Pumpkins a fair chance. I have to say, I'm glad I gave this a listen. The music is dynamic and interesting. I will definitely listen again. It runs a little long... but none of the songs feel like "filler."

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

I rlly liked the concept of this album with the sections relating to time of day. I think I preferred the 1st half

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

Awesome rock album, some parts I didn't care for but some 5 star songs

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