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Said to be “an album within an album,” the 13-track Oceania is part of the greater 44-track Teargarden by Kaleidyscope project. No matter what the concept or the intention, Corgan here issued his most melodic and adventurous album since the underrated Adore. Other albums aimed for a hard rock aggression that often centered on Jimmy Chamberlin's muscular drumming. But with Chamberlin missing from the ranks and a new bassist, drummer, and guitarist, Corgan starts Oceania with the psychedelic freakout of “Quasar” before settling into the luxurious “The Celestials,” which itself leads to the mellotron prog of the haunted “Violet Rays.” Looped synth lines, rudimentary keyboard notes, and a lonely electric guitar spend nearly two and a half minutes building up to the acoustic-based ballad “Pinwheels,” where harmonies and further experimentation create the album's tripped-out center. The heavy moods of “Panopticon,” “Pale Horse," and “The Chimera” further prove that Corgan the explorer is still working overtime.

Customer Reviews

AWSOME......!!!!

They Smashed it.....AN AWSOME ALBUM.....!!!! MUSIC AT IT'S BEST FELLAS.

Fantastic Sound and Writing

Great new material. This album is one of their best. Keep Rockin

Goose-pimple stuff...

Billy's best work, dare I say it, since Gish...not the raging that the Pumpkins fans grew up with in the 90s, but a classic stirring of the soul to the extent that only Billy is capable...

Biography

Formed: 1988 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Of all the major alternative rock bands of the early '90s, the Smashing Pumpkins were the group least influenced by traditional underground rock. Lead guitarist/songwriter Billy Corgan fashioned an amalgam of progressive rock, heavy metal, goth rock, psychedelia, and dream pop, creating a layered, powerful sound driven by swirling, distorted guitars. Corgan was wise enough to exploit his angst-ridden lyrics, yet he never shied away from rock star posturing, even if he did cloak it in allegedly ironic...
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Oceania, Smashing Pumpkins
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Jun 19, 2012

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