I obtained an “advance copy” of the new Smashing Pumpkins album, Zeitgeist. The pleasure was mine to listen to Corgan and crew return to their Mellon Collie era roots to deliver a sonic wall of symphonic guitars, tight drumming and Corgan’s signature vocals.
The production of this record is much better than that of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Don’t get me wrong here. I’m not saying the music, lyrics or the songs are better. I’m saying that the quality of the recording is more crisp than the previous records.
I will say the Pumpkins haven’t lost their touch. Billy’s dark, down-tuned guitars create an electric sound field around Jimmy’s pounding percussion to set a stable foundation for lyrical sirens.
I gave this record a listen all the way through, and I was very impressed with it. I am glad to see that after a seven-year “hiatus,” Smashing Pumpkins have been able to return to the rock scene with their signature sound.
Give me some time with this record to listen over and over again to and from work day after day, and I’ll be able to go into more detail. So far, I’m really digging this album as a whole.
Tomorrow, I will have an extreme case of the Mondays. The work routine returns with redundancy, and the days will go by so slow. I am going to need some liquid energy to get through the day. I can choose coffee, but I’d rather go with Red Bull. Energy drinks are packed with more delicious chemicals to keep my brain functioning.