The Smashing Pumpkins
Siamese Dream


5.0
classic

Review

by ZEROthirtythree USER (12 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 51 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist


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Members: Billy Corgan- Vocals, Guitar
James Iha- Guitar
D'arcy Wretzky- Bass
Jimmy Chamberlin- Drums

All songs written by Billy Corgan. Except "Mayonaise", written by James Iha and Billy Corgan.
Number of songs: 13
Produced by: Butch Vig

Cherub Rock- With its slowly building opening, leading to a bombastic arena rocker, its the perfect start to this superb album. This song may be one of thier most radio-friendly tracks. Its absract lyrics are clever yet simple. I really love the guitar solo in this song. 4.5/5

Quiet- If your into a little more hard rocking music, this provides immense satisfaction. The riff gets tiresome, but its awaked by another fantasic guitar solo. Even thoug its probably my least favorite song on siamese dream, its still a good tune. 3.5/5

Today- Also a very popular song on the radio. Catchy opening hook, and fantastic melody. Billys lyrics seem happy and "innocent" in this, but they are acctually very dark. The song has much to do with suicide and such, even though he sings "today is the greatest...day ive ever known" This song has no solos, and barely tops 3 mins, but its insanely addicting. 4/5

Hummer- My favorite from the album. This song has a very emotional feeling to it, and i love to listen to it all the time. Many loud and quiet parts in this song layered under many melodic solos. It has no structure, unlike many other tracks on this album, so it stands out. The cello in this song is absolutely amazing. The song would be nothing without it. My favorite line- "Ask yourself a question, anyone but me, i ain't free" 5/5

Rocket- Another one of my favorites from the album. Interesting riffs, and a wonderful ending. Here is what Billy said about Rocket:
"There's this line from the song 'Rocket', 'Bleed in your own light'. I wanna fuckin' bleed in my own light, not in Kurt Cobain's, not in Perry Farrell's. I wanna go down in my own fucking ship. That's what I'm about." A perfect way to lead into the next song. 5/5

Disarm- After Hummer and Rocket pass by leaving their audio imprint on you, the mood takes a sudden turn with the orchestral and haunting ballad of Disarm. Its a song billy wrote about his parents. Most people cant tell this by the lyrics though. I love the line "Ooh, the years burn." This is acoustic, but live its usually played electric. 5/5

Soma- Disarm leads you into the song Soma. But dont be so quick to call it soft rock though, after a while it turns into a hard rocking crowd pleaser. The guitar solo in this is extrordinary. Billy said "Soma is based on the idea that a love relationship is almost the same as opium: it slowly puts you to sleep, it soothes you, and gives you the illusion of sureness and security." Still, the album has yet to lose its touch. 5/5

Geek USA- Now the white-hot rage of Geek USA quickly rips through your ears. Once called Suicide Kiss* Geek USA has an amazing beat to it near the middle to the end. Its a song with wonderful dynamics. A real trip back to the 1970's style of rock n roll but with a 90's grunge vibe to it. Minor slow interlude to wind the song down, followed by a respectable solo by billy and a pre-outro that tricks you to believeing the song is over when there is still much left. 5/5

Mayonaise- Then Geek USA yields to this wonderful ballad. Much of this song was written by James Iha, but as the control freak billy is, he stuck his nose into it. But billy didnt do anything bad to this song, its amazing. I also love to listen to this song when i am down. A lot of emotion in this song. It has, yet again, an amazing guitar solo by Billy. 5/5

Spaceboy- Now the whole album seems to takes another U-turn as the quiet ballad of Spaceboy comes into play. This was written about Billy's handicapped brother, who he felt was just like him. Also an acoustic song with a nice cello. It does get boring so i gave it a rating of: 3/5

Silverfuck- Snap your seatbelt in because after the quiet ballads, the loud and powerful Silverfuck takes over. A long song with a fairly drawn out quiet part in the middle. Played at the end of many pumpkins concerts. Truely an intense song, one of those "Barn Burners" as James calls them. Its much better live though. 4/5

Sweet Sweet- Short quiet song. There isnt much to say about this song. Its acoustic and isn't bad. It has some neat lyrics. I wouldnt consider it a filler. 3/5

Luna- Finally, the album ends on a whisper with Luna. Another peaceful and tranquil song where Billy keeps singing "I'm in love with you...I'm so in love" A decent way to end the album. 4/5

This cd is a must get if you dont have it(imo anyways). You won't be tempted to skip through a single track. Siamese Dream will enrapture you with its sheer perfection. Although future efforts were more ambitious, the Smashing Pumpkins never made an album this flawless again. You can't lose by adding this one to your collection.

Overall- 5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Badmoon
February 16th 2004


384 Comments


Good job :thumb:

You describe some of the songs very well

moderaterock222
February 16th 2004


121 Comments


Pretty decent revie, im suprised this album wasnt done any earlier really. I agree with all the comments up to spaceboy, which is a song i like...its completely different to all the songs on the album so it kinda stands out. Sweet Sweet allways gets stuck in my head too.

Great overall review

Insidious.Indie.Kid
February 16th 2004


1 Comments


if only magazines went into this detail...

br3ad_man
Emeritus
February 17th 2004


2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was going to do this yesterday.....oh well, your review is probably better than mine would be :thumb:

Wanker
February 21st 2004


139 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great Review :D

Zappa
February 21st 2004


355 Comments


Good review of one my favorite sad albums. Few albums are as good a fit for teenage angst as this one.

Smithers2003X
February 21st 2004


7 Comments


this album would definitely be in the official soundtrack of my life as a teenager. good review man.

GibsonPyro
February 22nd 2004


15 Comments


Great review! I was gonna buy Mellon Collie first but I think I'll get this one instead.

Shadowed Reflection
August 31st 2004


274 Comments


Great album! Better than melloncollie if you ask me. Quiet should be bumped up a .5 IMO, oh well.This Message Edited On 06.30.05

YDload
August 31st 2004


1207 Comments


Good review; "Disarm" rocks my world.

GarinStone
August 31st 2004


4 Comments


Hummer and Mayonaise are awesome. Good review

sr800bkBassist
September 1st 2004


115 Comments


Mayonaise is such an amazing song. this whole album is great. i really thought Spaceboy should be a 5 though.

this album is up there with "Where You Been?" by Dinosaur Jr. and "Goo" by Sonic Youth as the albums that completely altered my idea of what music should be.

sadisticmonkey
September 1st 2004


107 Comments


Disarm is one of the best Pumpkin songs

br3ad_man
Emeritus
September 2nd 2004


2125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sure is.

Shadowed Reflection
September 2nd 2004


274 Comments


Favourite song here is Mayonaise i'd say. Can't believe today got a 4 and not a 5. Oh well good review.This Message Edited On 06.30.05

bloodfaerie
September 14th 2004


3 Comments


This is one of my favorite albums of all time. It is just so amazing.

Wanker
September 14th 2004


139 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

[QUOTE=SkinnyArms]Great Review :D[/QUOTE]

:lol: my old account liked the review.

but don't worry, my new one does too :thumb:

and like other people said, I think Spaceboy definitely deserves a 5/5 or AT LEAST a 4/5

[QUOTE=ZEROthirtythree] You can't lose by adding this one to your collection.[/QUOTE]
and this= 100% truth

Shadowed Reflection
September 15th 2004


274 Comments


best album of all time... COME BACK PUMPKINS!! why did the pumpkins break up in the first place?

sr800bkBassist
September 15th 2004


115 Comments


[QUOTE=Shadowed Reflection]best album of all time... COME BACK PUMPKINS!! why did the pumpkins break up in the first place?[/QUOTE]
they hated eachother.

Wanker
September 16th 2004


139 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

[QUOTE=sr800bkBassist]they hated eachother.[/QUOTE]

yeah, i'm pretty sure each member blamed the breakup on the other members...which kinda of tells you that they didnt like each other very much.



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