Continuing with my Pumpkins series we move on to 1993’s Siamese Dream. The album that saw them rise to be alternative rock God’s known all over the world. The album is to this day regarded as a seminal work, and one of the most influential rock albums in history. I’m going to give it a go at describing why its just so damn awesome.
From the moment the record burst into life with opening track ‘Cherub Rock’ its clear that the band have changed since Gish, not only because of better production values, but the overall feeling of grandeur is amped up so much higher. The music has a much more immersive feel. You can also notice change in how much more willing they are to be weird, they forget conventions which I feel may have been holding them back during the Gish-era and go their own completely unique way. The whole album has such unique sound, no record ever has ever sounded quite like it and that, therefore sets out as part of an elite group of albums. As well as creating the feeling of grandeur, that was later to amplified further with Mellon Collie, they still retain their ability to be utterly angst-ridden and melodramatic, with the anthemic ‘Today’ or even the reflective, melancholic ‘Disarm’. The album has a grungy sound but it is so much more than grunge, it makes grunge all the more awkward and less relatable than Nirvana or Pearl Jam.
It, simply put, is one of the greatest albums of all time and I will always love it with all my heart.
I know, I know the title can just go die in a hole. I set myself an impossible task with my three reviews this week and the result is the shittest title any post could ever have, on the plus side it probably means it won’t get seen by many people…
It’s been a busy week as you may gather from the fact that my update is a day late. My first deadline of the semester was yesterday so the majority of my free time was spent doing anything I could to afford working and then reluctantly writing a few words before coming up with an excuse not to and playing the disgustingly addictive Candy Crush Saga for a good hour and then writing a tiny bit more. Since handing I’ve felt better about procrastinating but the feeling won’t last for long as more deadlines seem to be charging at me at an alarming rate. Still there has been some good things. I discovered an awesome called The Bronx who you may have heard of before, their a hardcore punk outfit that I would describe as a happy version of Gallows and I’ve been very much enjoying head-banging to their four records, there’ll be a post at some point about them. Also this week a leak of the Atoms for Peace record, Amok, emerged a review for that will be up soon. And on top of all this the announcements about the Playstation 4 were made last night and I am incredibly excited , let me know your thoughts on its new features in a comment below if you like.
Now back to the past week I’ve just about managed to give you a nice array of reviews kicking off with my review of the Smashing Pumpkins debut album Gish which marks the kick off to a series of reviews I’ll be writing on their whole discography. Second was my review of Channel 4’s latest drama serial Utopia which cam to an end on Tuesday night and was nothing short of being fucking awesome. And finally I gave my thoughts on Dredd. Hope you enjoy having a read.
To continue about the Playstation 4 I’ll leave you with this footage of one of the consoles debut titles Deep Down if you’ve had enough of strange Japanese man talking skip to 4.30 and enjoy the stunning graphics:
Since I’ve reached the end of my Biffy Clyro album reviews it’s the turn of another of my favourite bands, probably my favourite of them all, to have their discography discussed. These reviews will contain added excitement since I’ve recently booked to go and see them at Wembley in July. So, we head back to the beginning of The Smashing Pumpkins history with their debut LP, Gish.
Released in 1991 the Pumpkins joined the scene at the rise of grunge along with Pearl Jam and Nirvarna but the Pumpkins didn’t hit in the same way those bands did. They’re a far more complicated band and to describe Gish as a grunge record would be rather diminutive. Although it is easily the bands grungiest effort of them all I still feel it would be accurate to call it anti-grunge. To unpack that, what I mean is that they’ve taken the guitar sound and song structure from that sub section of music but added a grnader scale and ambition to the project. Gish is the first example and perhaps the most subdued as with Siamese Dream, the bands second album they up the weirdness to different level than they have here. But even knowing what the band became it’s still hard not to notice the distinctive sound that is to be found on this record.
It certainly is a very strong debut album although I wouldn’t say it stands up fully against the greats that were to follow it, its still a record that I will happily put on from time to time and witness the birth of one of the greatest bands of all time. The bonus tracks on the second disc of the re-released version are all interesting listens too if you fancy checking that out.