I was a real fan of The Smashing Pumpkins. I especially liked Siamese Dream and I did not expect anything to be as good from them. I always became excited when I heard a favourite artist was releasing an new album. But I was also worried. Could they possible sound as good now? Will I feel disappointment? I asked myself many questions. When The Smashing Pumpkins released their double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness in 1995, i thought it was double the chances of it being horrible.
The first song “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” (instrumental) puts the listener into the correct mood of sadness.
I am not sure why, but “Tonight, Tonight” always reminded of Cheap Trick so I was happy to find out it was intended to according to mastermind/singer-songwriter Billy Corgan. The theme of an abusive childhood runs through the song, but it ends on a bit of hope, which I never had.
“The impossible is possible tonight
Believe in me as I believe in you, tonight”.
I also like “To Forgive”, “Galapogos“, “Porcelina of the Vast Oceans”, “Take Me Down”, “Thirty-Three”, “Beautiful“, and “Lily (My One and Only)”.
“Cupid de Locke” is a beautiful song. I listened to it over and over and over.
“1979” was and always will be one of my favourite songs. It has to power to make you miss your childhood even if you are living in it at the time you hear it. Corgan vocals are amazing in this song. It is a perfectly crafted musical extravaganza.
Overall, I think you know what I am about to write. This is an incredible journey. I highly recommend this album. I knew I liked this album, but I had forgotten how much I like it. This is an excellent example of alternative rock. It is so beautiful. 10/10.