The Smashing Pumpkins reunion album 'Shiny and Oh So Bright Vol. 1' is finally out: Stream
Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin reunite after 20 years to finally deliver the much awaited comeback record
After a rocky start to their reunion efforts, Smashing Pumpkins have finally redeemed themselves with their new album, the wordily titled 'Shiny and Oh So Bright Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.'
The album marks the coming together of three-fourths of the original lineup of The Smashing Pumpkins — frontman Billy Corgan, bassist James Iha and guitarist Jimmy Chamberlin, alongside long-time member Jeff Schroeder for the first time in 20 years. The last time the trio recorded together was for 2000’s pair of records, 'Machina/The Machines of God' and 'Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music'. Helmed by legendary producer Rick Rubin and recorded at the renowned Shangri La Studio in Malibu, 'Shiny and Oh So Bright...' serves as the direct follow-up to the Pumpkins’ 2014 album 'Monuments to an Elegy.'
Although longtime fans of the band are practically swooning with excitement, the album opened to mixed reviews from critics, which is understandable considering the bitter feud and split between bandmates and the long overdue reunion. While NME rated the album 4 stars out of 5 saying: "Rather than a '90s-rock pastiche, the reunited Pumpkins' comeback album is a showcase in artful songcraft", Rolling Stone dismissed the effort as "infinitely sad" in their 2-star review.
Consequence of Sound, in their nuanced review, declared the record as 'Album of the Week' saying "it’d be foolish to assume that three friends, torn apart by bitterness and rage, would just somehow all of a sudden strike up the same ol’ magic," before adding "It might not be the same magic, but something magical is coursing through Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1., hinting at a future we can all embrace — especially Corgan.”
The eight-track effort spans a crisp 30 minutes and was previewed with three singles - 'Knights of Malta', 'Solara' and 'Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)'.
Apple Music and Spotify subscribers can stream the full album below.