For anyone who spent their teenage days strolling around aimlessly during the 90s, Smashing Pumpkins was the classic alternative rock band. Their music instilled in people feelings of an epoch lost and made them believe that the future is bright and shiny.
The beloved band is back again as they release their first double album since 1995’s ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness‘. After their previous outing in 2018, the Smashing Pumpkins have finally released their new album ‘Cyr‘.
“I’m going to make a contemporary music record! I don’t care what it takes.”
It has been a long and tiring journey for Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins ever since the band broke up in 2000. But for ‘Cyr‘ guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin are back on board though bassist D’arcy Wretzky is still missing. Cyr is the band’s 11th studio album and is the follow-up to ‘Shiny And Oh So Bright‘ and a forthcoming sequel to their groundbreaking 1995 double album ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness‘.
What does ‘Cyr’ have to offer to fans of Alt Rock?
‘Cyr’, just like Billy Corgan’s lyrics is like a mystical maze where listeners get lost. The 20 track double set tries to embody the essence of a dissociative modern-day life while delving deep into the realms of past, present, and future. As Billy Corgan explained,
“You get 20 pieces of fractured ideology, neither here nor there but that’s sort of the point, To ape that which in the post-technology age is not so easily defined and pinned down, but can be shown in a lithe, restless melody”.
While the band’s previous outing’ Shiny And Oh So Bright Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun’ featured no more than eight tracks, with ‘Cyr’ the Smashing Pumpkins rekindle with their roots as it features 20 tracks. Billy Corgan and his band have tried to experiment with this one.
For instance, the very first track of the album, ‘The Colour Of Love‘, does not have the signature Smashing Pumpkins kind of sound that fans of the band are accustomed to.
The best part about ‘Cyr‘ is that the double album feels more like a single complete record. This is the most’ pop’ kinda album that the band has ever produced. Leaving their tradition of using guitar-heavy sound, the Pumpkins opt for slick synths and electronic beats, with the few exceptions being ‘Wytch’ and ‘Purple Blood.
All said and done, with ‘Cyr’ Billy Corgan has lived up to his desire of creating a ‘contemporary album’. It’ll be interesting to see what the future has in store for the Smashing Pumpkins.