Zeitgeist holds true to the Pumpkins’ roots

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: Smashing Pumpkins " Zeitgeist
Sept. 14, 2007

To the editor:
In response to the review of Zeitgeist, the new album by The Smashing Pumpkins, I have to say that although I agree that the band has lost a little something in the seven years it took for a new album to come out under its name, one has to take into account the time change as well as the change in the band and the world around it.

Although the album doesn’t muster up the dramatic lyricism of The Pumpkins’ previous albums, Zeitgeist does what its name claims and lives up to grasping the diverse and different nature of the world we’re living in. The fact that it is more political and less lyrical is more a sign of the differences and evolution of the band alongside the world.

Also, to anyone who drove the two hours and stood at the foot of the stage for eight hours on the second day of the Virgin Mobile Festival along with me, they can surely attest to the fact that live, Zeitgeist is very much a Pumpkins album that all members can be proud of playing, It can easily stand out and hold up beside true classic songs such as “1979” and “Zero,” to name only a few.

While D’arcy and James’ absence is missed by fans, the actual input of both parties into past albums is questionable enough to understand that without them the band is still the band. There have been more than just rumours that Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlain were the two that actually wrote and compiled the atmosphere of Siamese Dream, perhaps The Pumpkins’ most defining album.

Yes, Zeitgeist must have seemed off-topic for The Smashing Pumpkins if the listener was expecting the album to sound exactly like its albums from the ’90s. After really grasping the reality that almost a decade has passed, half the band is missing and all returning parties have embarked on different musical endeavors in the mean time, I say give the album another listen. It is more complex than many listening bypassers give it credit for.

Think of this not as a step back into the comfort of the norm for The Smashing Pumpkins, but as the next evolution of a band that has always been driven by Billy Corgan, and whose musical vision hasn’t led wrong yet.
"Linda Meloche

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