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Siamese Dream-the well-known album by the band The Smashing Pumpkins released in 1993
Siamese Dream the CD image
Who are the Smashing Pumpkins?
Smashing Pumpkins are a heavy grunge band originally from Chicago, Illinois formed in 1988. I started listening to them in the early 1990's and I just recently got back into listening to this kind of music. Siamese Dream is one of those albums that have stood the test of time because of solid songwriting, good vocals and an aggressive, heavy tone. The album contains 13 songs and it is just over 62 minutes long. You get over an hour of heavy, distorted songs but with high quality. This album’s production is pretty good for an album that was released back in 1993. The band could have come up with a better name but again, it is just one of those weird things in the history of music. The band has one of the dumbest band names in the history of music because I am now thinking "what's going on here?" Nonetheless, what follows is the review of a very solid heavy alternative rock album more than two decades after its release.
Track Listing for Siamese Dream
1. Cherub Rock
8. Geek USA
12. Sweet Sweet
Siamese Dream: the Review of the First Three Songs
The first song Cherub Rock begins with a soft guitar tone but the distortion comes in and you are greeted with some pretty heavy music in this song. The song is med-tempo in nature. The next song Quiet is a little bit faster than but just as heavy as the first song. Today was one of the most popular tracks off the album when it first came out in 1993. It features some pretty passionate singing by band leader Billy Corgan. I find myself singing along with this one. I also think that some people may find Billy Corgan’s voice annoying but I don’t find his voice annoying for the most part. . Some of you may be asking if Siamese Dream is this band’s best album or not. We shall see as we take this musical journey through an album that will be 25 years old in 2018. Today was actually written during a difficult time in Corgan’s life but the song is said to be about perseverance and survival. I’ve persevered and gotten to the point that I understand the true value of life.
The Rest of the Review
The next two songs Hummer and Rocket are decent songs. I didn't have too much to say about them at the first writing of this review years ago. Hummer switches back and forth between soft and distorted guitar tone. Disarm is a nice, soft song that I used to hear all the time in middle school. This is another one of those songs that you could sing along with. Soma is the next and seventh track on the album. It is one of those songs that starts off soft and then gets heavy. The band does this kind of songwriting a lot. Soma is a pretty good song.
The best track on the album is Geek USA. Right away, the listener is greeted with fast, heavy guitar playing that goes throughout the song. The guitar solo is really nice too. This song deserves a 10 out of 10 and it is one of the best Smashing Pumpkins songs of all time. Mayonaise is another solid song. The spelling of the song is not like the food item. It is just one of those unusual things. It starts with a soft tone and then gets into the distorted guitar tune. Billy Corgan’s vocals are once again top notch in this one.
Spaceboy is the tenth track on the album and it was another one of those popular songs back in its day. I would say this song is average at best. It is a love ballad. The final three tracks of the album range from not very good to good. Sweet Sweet is just a short, soft song. It clocks in at just over a minute and a half long. Luna is the last track on the album and it is pretty good.
Siamese Dream is a solid album by a band that has received much recognition. They reformed after their brief breakup. Overall, this album deserves 8 out of 10. It is mostly solid except for track 11. This album was released just as alternative rock was starting to get to its peak in popularity. Siamese Dream is an album that I will always listen to and remember. Years from now, I hope that it continues to get the recognition it deserves. This album deserves a place in alternative or grunge rock history as one of the best albums of its kind. However, these guys still don’t compare in greatness to what Nirvana accomplished in 7 or 8 years’ time. Is Siamese Dream the best album from this band? It is hard to say because the first three tracks are decent but something is missing from them. The best songs in this album are Soma, Geek USA, and Mayonaise.