I was very skeptical when I heard that the Smashing Pumpkins were releasing a new album. This being the band that has probably had the biggest impact on my musical tastes throughout my adolescence (plus Nirvana & Pearl Jam), I wanted Zeitgeist to be good - but I cynically prepared myself for another "zwan" or awful Billy Corgan solo enterprise. I expected that the Pumpkins would show themselves to be finally past-it - like pearl jam, trying to re-aquaint themselves with their youth whilst they hurtle further and further into middle-age mediocrity (I still love Pearl Jam - they can do no wrong, even embracing mediocrity).
Anyhow Zeitgeist isn't the full Smashing Pumpkins line-up from yesteryear, in fact its just Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin who return to make the new album. But considering James Iha was just in the band to do what the f*ck Billy Corgan told him to, and D'arcy Wretzky wasn't the greatest bass player in the world, it can safely be said that Zeitgeist is a return to Vintage Gish/Siamese Dream era Pumpkins.
The Album is tremendous - Its far superior to Machina (1&2) as well as adore (I still think adore is a work of genius and well ahead of its time). I'd recommend zeitgeist to anyone as a great rock album. Buy it now! Buy it from itunes to get the extra track that shares the albums title "Zeitgeist" - I haven't heard this track yet though.
I final note I wil say that the Pumpkin's "mellon collie and the infinite sadness" is one of the greatest albums ever written, plus its a double album! (every single track is great - not one track requires skipping when listening through that album!).
Anyone else heard the album (track 7 is a bit dodgy)? Anyone else like the Pumpkins?