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Review of the Album "Siamese Dream" the Well-Known Album by the Band the Smashing Pumpkins

Updated on October 30, 2022
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

This image represents half of the album's title which is Siamese even though the original album cover does not have any cats on it.
This image represents half of the album's title which is Siamese even though the original album cover does not have any cats on it. | Source

The Significance of the Album "Siamese Dream" Besides Its Commercial Success

The Smashing Pumpkins or Smashing Pumpkins as they are sometimes known by are a heavy grunge band originally from Chicago, Illinois formed in 1988. I started listening to them in the early 1990s 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. However, looking at this album in 2022 I wonder if it is the best album in the band’s history given that Gish is a very solid album as well.

Analysis of the Songs "Cherub Rock," "Quiet," and "Today"

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. 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 turned 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. Particular focus should be given to the song “Quiet” as the bass guitar work by D’arcy Wretzky on this one is pretty darn good.

"Hummer," "Rocket," and "Disarm"

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. When it gets to the soft part it is an enjoyable experience as our ears take a break from the messy, 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.


Geek USA May Be the Strongest Song On This Album

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. “Mayonnaise” 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.

How Good of An Album Is "Siamese Dream?"

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. Having said that Siamese Dream should be given credit for how well done it is even if Cherub Rock is the weakest song in the album.

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Final Thoughts About Siamese Dream In 2022 and Beyond

Her (Darcy’s) influence on the band cannot be underestimated. Many people will say that this is Billy Corgan’s band given the fact that he is basically the mastermind behind the success of The Smashing Pumpkins. Her work on songs such as “Hummer” should be good enough proof that the band was better with her in it because of how she made the songs sound. There was much pressure on the band to deliver something really special with this album and there’s no doubt that they did so given the fact the band was being hyped as “the next Nirvana.” That’s too much pressure for the critics and the media to put on a band and it would have been too much for The Smashing Pumpkins to try and beat the musical quality of Nirvana and match them. With all the turmoil that was going on during the recording of the album, Siamese Dream is still one of the best albums in the history of alternative rock.

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This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2016 Ara Vahanian


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