SKIP: Smashing Pumpkins, "Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, Vol. 1: Songs for a Sailor"

The original Smashing Pumpkins lineup disbanded in 2000. After a disastrous experiment launching his new band, Zwan, Master Pumpkin Billy Corgan got smart and put the Smashing Pumpkins back together again... in name only. The band's 2006 reunion was without guitarist James Iha or bassist Melissa Auf der Maur (who was part of the revolving door Hole lineup previously). Now the Pumpkins are Corgan and some drummer kid who presumably does whatever Corgan says. It's a long way from the Pumpkins' glorious late-'90s alt-rock heights. "Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, Vol. 1: Songs For a Sailor" is the four-song EP release that's part of a 44-song project Corgan plans to record, one song at a time. May we all live — and care — to see the end.

For the Pumpkin faithful, Corgan does not disappoint: the music is big, soaring, epic, and full of esoteric lyrical imagery. For everyone who got off the train at "1979," Corgan's music is big, soaring, epic, and full of esoteric lyrical imagery — which is another way of saying it's rambling, a tad self righteous, yet a step closer to the Pumpkins' alt-rock heyday.

LISTEN to the Smashing Pumpkins single "Widow Make My Mind" for a nice bit of the sound of their former glory.

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