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Smashing Pumpkins “Teargarden By Kaleidyscope"

The Smashing Pumpkins are a shell of the band that they once were.

With the departure of drummer Jimmy Chamberlain last year, the only remaining original member is guitarist and singer Billy Corgan.

Corgan is like a child that hugs a puppy to death, he couldn’t give up any aspect of the music to his cohorts and eventually even the trusty Chamberlain left.

However, Corgan has and always will be the architect and the soul of the Smashing Pumpkins. That is evident by the new singles from the Smashing Pumpkins’ new album “Teargarden By Kaleidyscope.”

The first two songs from the album, which will eventually be available for free download on the band’s website, are vintage Pumpkins.

On the first song, “Widow Wake My Mind” Corgan airy voice sings “I’m looking for a love that I can’t find” over a crunchy guitar riff that is undeniable Smashing Pumpkins. Corgan crafts in a catchy piano break at the crescendo of the song’s chorus.

As good as the first single is, “A Song For A Son” is the real gem and glimmer of light that Corgan can carry on without Chamberlain and the gang.

Built around a somber piano melody laced with an acoustic guitar, Corgan hauntingly sings “This is a song for a space invader that flew into the sun never to return.” There is an electric guitar solo that is reminiscent of early 90’s Pumpkins.

The two songs, both streaming and available for free download, are enough to pique interest about what else Corgan has up his sleeve.

Check out the new tracks here.


Written by David Young

February 12, 2010 at 9:50 pm

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  1. It’s good to see someone not completely trashing the new tunes for a change.


    February 16, 2010 at 8:23 am

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