The Smashing Pumpkins
Siamese Dream


4.5
superb

Review

by Will C. USER (30 Reviews)
November 21st, 2011 | 19 replies | 3,412 views


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Smashing Pumpkins smash through into their career with a true masterpiece that excels in musical prominence, and begins an era of melodic intercourse with alternative appreciation.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

The Smashing Pumpkins have taken their sophomore album a gigantic leap forward since "Gish", released in 1991. Where simplicity strengthens "Gish", "Siamese Dream" only excels where the other areas failed. The issues of this release are few and far between. The situations presented in this masterpiece that were supposed to be in a family with “Gish” are all together removed. This album expresses true emotion, true art, and a very basic mentality that is safe for any opaque concept to be understood. This is where 'The Smashing Pumpkins' show their audience where the spotlight needs to be in their career.

"Siamese Dream" is an album that impales other bands of the similar genre at this point in time. Wherever this album took its inspiration, Billy Corgan has truly outdone himself, along with the massive audience which has surely been attracted like dogs to a fresh T-bone. From the very beginning with the excellent drum roll in 'Cherub Rock', to the sensational outro of 'Luna', this album is jam packed with excitement and emotion that will never drag itself, no matter how many times you indulge on this package. 'Siamese Dream' is very close to an understanding of what alternative is to always be. Hard riffs are balanced out by amazing interludes of substantial intensity. The rock exists, is very much alive, and well, and 'Smashing Pumpkins' trademark style influences every bit of it to its greatest extent. The musical power of this album could not have been better portrayed with the instruments, perfectly harmonizing themselves with Billy Corgan's superb vocals. The drumming on this album is so great; it's hardly likely you will lose the amazing beat. The bass sets the volume of this album fantastically, along with the hard riffs, while not discriminating the vocals. The vocals are a true masterpiece as much as any other part of this album. Everything is set exactly to where it ought to be, and the massive volume changes for all members’ parts, allows each member to emphasize their true talent at the most prominent points.


This album is all about attraction. About 3 to 4 songs in this album, it will be hard to stop. The curiosity of knowing what else there is to be said alone, keeps this album going till the very end. If there is any doubt that 'Siamese Dream' is not the ultimate alternative rock attraction for all generations, then this album does not deserve its high ratings. As far as issues in this album go, the flow of this album is somewhat off towards the middle, where most tracks go heavy and hard, and change quite rapidly out of the style into melodies, and occasionally off instrumentals. In some, but very little areas, the album seems to lose its beat, but only for a very short time.

chances are, that if you've ever heard of 'Smashing Pumpkins', you've heard something from this album, be it the radio, or your friend inspired you to try them. This album is where alt rock can really shine, and shine bright. It’s a must-have for any 'Smashing Pumpkins' fan. Without this album, you can’t truly appreciate any of 'Smashing Pumpkins' other content.



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Sanders
November 21st 2011



2326 Comments


Zane Lowe's playing this on Radio 1 in its entirety tonight, without any kind of interruption. Good album.

AsoTamaki
November 21st 2011



2525 Comments


Soma

I could listen to that song forever.

Restrikted
November 21st 2011



1889 Comments


i love this album so much.

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
November 21st 2011



3663 Comments


^ can't argue with that logic

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 21st 2011



48593 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah

Digging: Banner Pilot - Souvenir

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
November 21st 2011



48593 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Is the killer in u

JWT155
November 21st 2011



9184 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Siamese Dream" is an album that impales other bands of the similar genre at this point in time.

Actually, the exact opposite was thought when this was released, if anything they we're labeled grunge wannabe's capitalizing on the boom in the scene and not until Mellon Collie came out did they shake that tag off.

Cheesewireism
November 21st 2011



161 Comments


hmmmmmm

zxlkho
November 21st 2011



3426 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album isn't as grunge-y as much as it is shoegaze-y imo.

zxlkho
November 21st 2011



3426 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

idk I definitely hear some influence. I also remember Billy Corgan talking about how much he loves My Bloody Valentine somewhere.

zxlkho
November 21st 2011



3426 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

not sure if trolling

johnnyblaze
November 21st 2011



2575 Comments


Their best.
Bought this yesterday for 3$ and was reminded of how awesome I was in high school. It can get a little abrasive at times (I hate the distorted guitar tone in some songs) but the songwriting is top notch.

Digging: The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams

zxlkho
November 21st 2011



3426 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah it's their best

also a 5 and stuff

Asiatic667
November 21st 2011



4647 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

If I hadn't discovered the pumpkins, I'd probably still be listening to Ten Thousand Fists and The Rasmus and shit. This and Mellon Collie are in my top 5 greatest albums

chargers26
November 22nd 2011



492 Comments


great album

SCREAMorphine
February 10th 2012



1716 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

'This album isn't as grunge-y as much as it is shoegaze-y imo'

The production on Siamese Dream is pretty similar to Loveless by My Bloody Valentine which is what Billy Corgan was going for.
I can also see the dreamy side of Billy's vocals in Mayonaise.

Great review by the way POS

Ire
February 10th 2012



41474 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

at least billy corgan ripped good bands off

SCREAMorphine
February 10th 2012



1716 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Influenced..

Ire
February 10th 2012



41474 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

billy corgan influenced me to rip off mbv



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