Smashing Pumpkins- Pisces Iscariot Review
Original Author: VinceG
Artist: Smashing Pumpkins
Album: Pisces Iscariot
Album Released: 1994 Virgin Records
02. Frail and Bedazzled
05. Blew Away
07. Hello Kitty Kat
12. Girl Named Sandoz
13. La Dolly Vita
If you've never heard of this album, Pumpkins released this as a B-side Compilation of songs that never made the albums Gish and Siamese Dreams. This may lead you on to believe that the songs are not "good" enough to make the albums, but I can assure you that this album is really great. A great combination of what Gish and Siamese Dreams were famous for, and the best thing about this album is that you can pin point which album the songs were cut just by the way it sounds.
The music is pretty straightforward, or by any means as basic and straightforward as Pumpkins would ever get. Great collections of very catchy songs, great solo's, rhythm guitar mastery, and that mix of hard and soft rock kinda style that 90's music was famous for.
The guitar work is great, just like any Pumpkins songs. Rhythm guitar is catchy, and the solos are big and soulful. There is a great mix of acoustic ballad kind of stuff, as well as the loud and pumping songs
Vocal work of Corgan especially on the first 2 records are great. He has a sense of lyricism, and can pull out anything from his heart and put into his songs. If you liked his vocals from Gish and Siamese Dreams, then its pretty much the same here as well.
What I like about this album the most is that it doesn't feel or sound like a B-Side record at all. Personally, this is my second favorite Pumpkins album, even surpassing Siamese Dreams. I love it. Pumpkins is pretty famous for creating a lot of songs on studio, but not releasing it. So, if you really like the first 2 Official albums, then check this out because its really good. There is really nothing else to say to Smashing Pumpkins that has never been said before so the best thing you can do is to check out every released and un-released Pumpkins albums.