10/10 the production makes me feel like I’m being wrapped in a fuzzy blanket and it reminds me of being 13 and on holiday in the Peak District listening to the tape copy I took out of Fareham Library.
I really really dislike Billy’s voice* so the music has to be pretty damn special in order to make SP enjoyable for me and here it is.
Soma is definitely the best track: those guitars are gorgeous! Lots of other great stand out moments too.
Would snap up an instrumental version like a shot.
*weird how personal/individual this is… On paper J Mascis has a similar ‘whiny high register’ type voice but I absolutely love it.
Oh great another Smashing Pumpkins thread!
prefer Gish and probably Machina, but excellent, excellent guitars throughout this. Just outrageously nice guitars. from the tone to the melodies to the noise. some nice songwriting as well.
Today is really really shit
one of the things i like about the pumpkins, and this era of rock in general, is that there isn’t much fretwanking to my ear, and a lot of pedals instead
Mondays are always bad, hope the week improves for you x
yeah right dead on, there’s a kind of earnestness in there which is class
a positive one for a change! (hopefully)
comfortably the worst song on the album, but it’s a big single that launched them, so I get why it exists
oh and, lads, it’s a ten.
9 because Disarm is horrid but the rest is incredible
The open rolls and build of Cherub Rock is still one of the all-time best moments in guitar music imho, think that’s a song that doesn’t age or lose any power no matter how much you hear it
The heavy guitar tones are so all-encompassing and… hungry (for lack of a better word). Yeah the first half of Bam’s post basically. Great record, my favourite SP.
I’ve never listened to this album. Never been a fan of Billy Corgan’s voice, so I’ve never really bothered with them as a band. Maybe I’ll have a listen this afternoon.
Until recently I’ve only ever really known Smashing Pumpkins by their singles and obviously the fun of these forums. But I generally like the singles, even though it took me a while to realise it. I had a go with Mellon Collie recently but I didn’t get beyond the first few songs. (And it is such a shit title for an album as well).
So I guess I should give this a chance, although the poll will probably have expired long before I get a chance. Is this generally accepted as their best work?
Glad someone else said this. Probably my highlight of the whole album, although I went for Mayonnaise as the best track.
It’s between this and Mellon Collie, but they have quite distinct feels from each other and some prefer the more shoegazey elements of this