Review of Smashing Pumpkins new album Monuments to an Elegy
In my mind Smashing Pumpkins have struggled to imprint themselves effectively as a genre leading act. This will no doubt piss off the many thousands of their loyal fans, but I just don’t think they quite got their due to some unfortunate timing. Always compared to Nirvana but rarely able to reach those heights, the Smashing Pumpkins have always played catch-up establishing their own style.
But Monuments to an Elegy is an opportunity to make an imprint on the cookie cutter state of modern heavy rock music, Now Billy Corgan isn’t shy in coming forward and he would wholeheartedly disagree with everything I wrote in the opening paragraph, even potentially challenging me to a dual. Well maybe not that far. But Corgan is a very confident man and is happy to tell the world of how brilliant he and the band are. Sorry, but I just can’t see it.
The Smashing Pumpkins sound is omni-present throughout the album. Corgan’s guitar is a powerful constant throughout as is his distinctive voice. So fans of Smashing Pumpkins will be happy. People like me, will still think, beyond the undoubtedly talent Corgan, what is there really. Whilst Corgan is good, I am not sure he is quite as brilliant as he himself believes.
Highlights include One and All and the synth driven Anaise! However, there are also some complete garbage tracks such Being Biege and Dorian. I do hope the latter isn’t a sign of undying love to their favourite show Birds of a Feather. Run2me which features Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was surprisingly disappointing too.
Personally, and rock experts Al and Hev will kill me for saying this, but the album is not really up to scratch. Maybe being in the game for over twenty years has taken its toll. Sorry Smashing Pumpkins and rockers alike. This isn’t good.
This writer will now go in to hiding for an indefinite period to avoid the inevitable deluge of abuse that will come my way. Bye, its been real.