Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

I am honestly at a loss of words when trying to describe this band and this album. The only thing I can come up with is wow how the hell did they make this music. There isn't any word I can think of to describe this album it is just beyond me I am in a state of aw in it's magnificent glory. It is by far one of my top five albums of all time if not my favorite album. It is perfect in everyway there is absolutely no song I don't like. Enough about that now about the band. They were formed in the late 80's by Billy Corgan and James Iha. They released two albums before this one "Gish" and "Siamese Dream" but they weren't even close to the success and greatness of this album. I can honestly say that if it was not for this album I would not have gotten into music at all and I probably wouldn't have ended up like I am now.

The album starts off with a two minute and forty-five second piano solo which is just amazing. It is so calming and eloquent you just feel a calming sensation come over you and you just lose yourself in the music. It brings about feeling in even the most frigid of hearts. I hate to admit it but it's true. The song just envelops you and releases you of all cares you have about anything in your life. It is truly amazing to feel this from three minutes of piano but somehow they managed to do it and ended up with a very emotional song.

The next song on this album is called "Tonight, Tonight". It is a piece combining orchestra and the band to create a perfect blend of music I have never seen repeated. It is just so calming and laid back as if the almost just letting it flow out instead of trying to play the music. No matter how pissed off you may be this song will calm you down and just make you drift away into your sub conscience. The music is played so well you will be listening to it again and again just to hear how beautiful it is. Even if you despise classical type music you will not be able to deny this song and how amazing it is. The lyrics of the song are surprisingly catchy and you will always find yourself singing along to it wherever you are. This is a perfect blend of orchestra and the band. It is played so well I can't muster up any words to describe it simply put it is perfect in every way there is absolutely nothing wrong with this song it is perfect.

The next song we come to goes by the name "Zero". If you were waiting for the album to get heavy your wait is over here it is but it get's better still down the road. The song has a very catchy guitar part that is very simple yet very well played. The song even has a solo kind of it is mostly massive amounts of distortion and some guitar but it fits surprisingly well in the song. The vocals are mostly Billy talking about some girl which obviously doesn't seem to be going so well but turns that situation into a great song that just leaves you wanting more of it but don't worry your time is coming very soon.

Now we come to the song that is the only reason I got into music. I remember tuning the TV on in fourth grade, turning to Mtv and seeing this video on and just feeling a sense of aw and thinking this rocks I like this. The song is of course the heavy song "Bullet with Butterfly Wings". After seeing that video I was a changed man every time I hear the words "The world is a Vampire" I get a sudden chill because of what is about to come. With such heavy guitars and an awesome video to go along with it this song has everything you could ask for in a song. The guitars are relatively easy but when played right it creates such a heavy sound that can't be reproduced by anyone else, even the drumming is excellent on this song. The lyrics are also something else that the Pumpkins need to be commended for what better words have you heard than "Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage". Just for those words they deserve to be commended for there work. This song literally changed my life with it's guitars and it's lyrics it is easily one of my favorite songs of all time.

Now we come to the second cd yes the second one all that stuff above was just the first one now it is time introduce you to a song called "Where boys fear to tread". It starts of as if they are warming up for a practice session but then turns into a very seductive guitar part that grasps your attention never lets go throughout the entire song. The song seems very simple but is very good it seems to bring you into trance in a sense. The vocals are very light compared to the guitar part but they go together so well it is disturbing. The song is rather heavy and is a perfect introduction to the second part to this album. The next song we come to goes by the name of "Bodies". It starts off very scratch and if you're not ready for it you may think your cd player is fucked up anyway I did when I first heard it. The song then transforms into another awesome guitar, which is extremely blunt and effective. The lyrics are straight and to the point but so very true. They talk about loneliness and depression and the oh so true words "Love is Suicide" which oddly enough is true. The song does some weird thing halfway through that is very hard to describe in fact I can't describe it you have to hear it for yourself to understand but overall a very good song you can learn a lot from.

The next song we come to goes by the name of "Thirty-Three". This is a very light song with acoustic guitar, piano, a percussion thing whose name I forgot and good old guitars. The Pumpkins bring all of these instruments together and create a sound that isn't easily toped by much else. The lyrics are very well written I must give Billy credit he can right very emotional and very moving lyrics put them with any kind of music and make it perfect. Anyway this song is a nice brake from the previous two songs which are heavy but still this song is nothing compared to next song coming up which is up on the levels of "Tonight, Tonight".

So here we are another one of those songs that can cure you of anything you are going through and just put you in a complete state of awe and wonder. I am of course talking about another on of my favorite songs the wonderful, eloquent, perfect "1979". This song is so relaxing and so perfect you won't care about a single thing in the world after hearing it. This is just the band playing softly without the help of the orchestra this time. They just play a song that is so catchy and entrancing you find yourself humming it in class and singing along in your car. I really can't describe it to you the best way to figure it out is to hear it for yourself and be your own judge. All I can really say is the lyrics are awesome the song is awesome the song is just all around awesome. It is so relaxing I'm falling asleep now just listening to it you really have to check it out for yourself I cannot describe how great it is.

On a quick last note "We Only Come Out at Night" I just like this song because it is kind of funny. The bongos in the back round provide a backdrop for the harp type sound Billy sings to. It sounds like something straight out of king Arthur's court it is quite fun. Plus the lyrics are quite fun "We only come out night we only come out at night the days are much to bright" is a very catchy phrase I find myself singing along to wherever I am.

Unfortunately after this groundbreaking album came out the Pumpkins made the stupid mistake changing their music to crappy techno-metal, which sounded like crap. At least we have this great work of art to listen to. I honestly can't think of a word worthy enough to describe the greatness of this album. It has so many different felling and emotions expressed by the band. I wanted to talk about more of the songs but I think it is long enough already. Anyway if you do not have this album go and buy it right now it is great it has everything you could possibly want in an album. It can go from soft to heavy in an instant. It will blow you away like I said it literally changed my life in more ways than I know of right now. I can find absolutely nothing wrong with this album it is by all means one of the greatest pieces of music I have ever heard. The twenty-eight songs contained on these two discs are each perfect and flawless this piece of work is something you should treasure and be thankful that it exists.


Buy It

Disc 1
1. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
2. Tonight, Tonight
3. Jellybelly
4. Zero
5. Here is no why
6. Bullet with Butterfly Wings
7. To Forgive
8. An Ode to No one
9. Love
10. Cupid de Locke
11. Galapogos
12. Muzzle
13. Porcelina of the Vast Ocean
14. Take Me Down

Disc Two
1. Where Boys Fear to Tread
2. Bodies
3. Thirty-Three
4. In the Name of Sleep
5. 1979
6. Tales of a Scorched Earth
7. Through the Eyes of Ruby
8. Stumbleine
9. X.Y.U.
10. We Only Come Out at Night
11. Beautiful
12. Lily (My One and Only)
13. By Starlight
14. Farewell and Goodnight

Written by: Chas

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