Shiny And Oh So Bright - Vol.1 / LP - No Past, No Future, No Sun (CD)


The Smashing Pumpkins

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Amoeba Review

11/16/2018

It's been 18 years since James Iha has played with Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin as The Smashing Pumpkins, making Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1, the first record since the band's initial breakup to feature three of the four original members. The anticipation is always high in moments like these, and while this may not be the return to form some die-hards are expecting, the reunion sparks some of the old magic into a 21st century iteration of the band. Lead single "Solara" brings The Smashing Pumpkins back into the arena, with chugging riffs and darkly ascending chords giving virtuoso drummer Chamberlin the tinder with which to blaze, while "Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)" recalls the laid back, sentimental, indie-groove of the band's classic "1979." Some material, like "Travels," with its heartfelt vocal melody and harmonies, could almost pass for an unreleased track by Zwan, the underrated, sunnier side-project of Corgan and Chamberlin. Album opener, "Knights of Malta," is also in the same vein, with lush production featuring a string section, gospel vocals, and psychedelic, backwards guitar solos. The standout is the snarling "Marchin' On," proving Corgan, Iha, and Chamberlin still posses the bite that was the foil to the group's moody romanticism.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Knights Of Malta
The Smashing Pumpkins 04:37
2.
Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)
The Smashing Pumpkins 03:30
3.
Travels
The Smashing Pumpkins 05:23
4.
Solara
The Smashing Pumpkins 04:21
5.
Alienation
The Smashing Pumpkins 05:01
6.
Marchin' On
The Smashing Pumpkins 02:39
7.
With Sympathy
The Smashing Pumpkins 03:30
8.
Seek & You Shall Destroy
The Smashing Pumpkins 02:45

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