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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

A Revolution from the grunge of the 90's

I have been listening to SP since I was a baby. That's not me exaggerating. I own every album and this one by far is my favorite

lives up to the name

Yes, Billy may have a new cast of characters; however, this is the best pumpkins release in years. This rivals siamese and mellon collie and is much better than anything put out in the last ten years. There may be new names in the credits but this lives up to the pumpkins name. Well done.

There's a sun that shines again

It took a little warming up to, but I'll admit that this is one of my favorite works from the Pumpkins period. Panopticon and Glissandra are by and far the diamonds on this album of rubys, emeralds and sapphires for me. The only issue I have with this album that has plagued the Pumpkins since their first split is the lack of emotion in Billy's voice; some of the songs sound rather deadpan vocally, but all in all, a great album from a band that hasn't changed, but rather, evolved. Five stars.


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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