I have always had a special spot in my heart for Billy Corgan and The Smashing Pumpkins. I saw them twice in concert in the 90s when I lived in Manhattan. I nonstop listened to Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness for years, it seemed like. After Adore, I sort of fell out of love and time passed. Now, I discovered Billy Corgan released a solo album last year called Ogilala under his full name William Patrick Corgan. I can say this is a five star album for me.
This is very much an acoustic deal with sparse guitars and piano flowing beneath the vocals. It was produced by Rick Rubin who is the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings and has famously worked with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lady Gaga, Adele, Justin Timberlake, and System of a Down, among many others.
This album feels very inspired and emotional to me. Zowie is about David Bowie.
Aeronaut is an awesome song as well with poignant lyrics:
“If I’m leaving you without return or snare
Catapulting through time and space
You can call that home, if you wish, or if it’s fair
But it’s mine to share and share alike
Won’t you mourn with me
Lover won’t you mourn with me
Lovers won’t you mourn with me”
In my view, every track is solid and there isn’t a single “filler” song. I highly recommend it and am so excited to have great new Billy Corgan music to listen to!
Also, apparently, there is a new Smashing Pumpkins track called Solara out, which sort of reminds me of the songs from the past like Bullet with Butterfly Wings.
Anyway, that’s it for now. I just wanted to share my fondness for SP and Billy Corgan. I’ve always thought he was one of the best songwriters of his generation and it’s nice to know he’s still putting out inspired music! I don’t really understand all the hate he gets. Most of it is people attacking him based on his looks or the trademark sound of his voice. Haters gonna hate, I guess! 😛