Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, November 19, 2010

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness- Smashing Pumpkins

So I like the Smashing Pumpkins, and seeing as I'm supposed to be writing about 90s metal we have today's installment. It starts off with the quiet piano track Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. There is definite communication of the melancholy atmosphere here. Then we hear the spectacular track Tonight Tonight. (Which has a really creepy music video). It starts off and you realize this is really good music. The album is really long and features all sorts of great Pumpkins tracks. You have to admit there is a lot of technical skill in this band. The music is filled with beautiful energy, the synth just makes some tracks awesome. This is THE Smashing Pumpkins album and shows off their greatest stuff.
The musicianship is spectacular. This album is meant to be listened to as a whole and is just amazing. The first really metal track is Jellybelly a power chord driven track that shows off the heavy sound of the Smashing Pumpkins. The music on this album both has quiet beautiful parts, as in the lead track Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, and heavy grunge parts as in Jellybelly and Bullet with the Butterfly Wings. Corgan has a spectacular voice that is rather unique especially when he's really letting it rip. His voice is the defining aspect of the album. The music is brilliantly composed but not technically skilled. You can easily argue that only Corgan being left in Pumpkins still means they are the same band.
The guitar is classic. James and Billy bounce music off each other really well and the compositions are brilliant. The bass definitely comes through well on a lot of tracks and combines with the drums to form a great rhthym section. The lyrics are pretty dark in places like Bullet With the Butterfly Wings, but otherwise are about any variety of topics. There are some really nice music videos. I remember seeing the video for 1979 for the first time when I was 11 in the Hard Rock New York. A lot of times there is protesting the system in the lyrics or videos, such as when James flips off the entire town from a cliff.
Overall this is a great Pumpkins album showing off all their spectacular stuff. This album has so much stuff I would like to learn but a lot of it requires a pedal. There are all kinds of sounds here, from quiet classical pieces, to grunge and even some progressive tracks. Really a cool combination of sounds on one of the greatest albums of the 90s. This is a great album from one of the monsters of the 90s and has brilliant musical scores that you have to acknowledge as pretty fantastic. This is a beautiful album and that's all there is to it.
OVERALL 9.5/10

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