Acclaimed Albums – Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins

List item: Listen to the 250 greatest albums
Progress: 179/250Title: Siamese Dream
Artist: Smashing Pumpkins
Year: 1993
Position: #133

Leaving behind the 1970s today as I felt the need of something a bit more modern and rocky whilst playing with some VBA coding at work. I was really between doing this and the remaining Nirvana album, but the prospect of something a bit more shoegaze led me here to Siamese Dream.

Apart from their appearance on The Simpsons, I don’t think I will have ever heard a song by Smashing Pumpkins. They’re one of those groups that I have known about for as long as I have been buying music, but I’ve never gotten around to even picking up one of their albums – other than to look at the artwork of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

Now that I have finally gotten around to listening to it, I believe the word is wow. The album takes all the bits I like about My Bloody Valentine‘s shoegazing added in with some grunge, a touch of metal and a bit of prog rock to make an incredibly varied and satisfying group of songs full of production tricks that are missing on Nirvana’s work.

I know I’ve listened to a good album when I immediately restart it once I’ve finished it, and I know a future favourite song when it’s been on repeat for the better part of an hour. So, let’s talk about ‘Disarm’ for a bit. It’s been a while since a song so (pun unintended) disarmed me. The bells, the strings, the emotionally gravelly voice, the tale of an abusive upbringing and the continuous building in the production. God, this is an amazing song and this is an amazing album. Oh well, 26 years too late but I got there in the end.

Okay so I haven’t kept up the ‘album a day’ thing that I had hoped for after listening to Electric Warrior, but three in the first week of the year should bode well and bring nearer the time that I plan to expand the list. When that happens, there will be an excuse to spent some more time with Smashing Pumpkins as Mellon Collie becomes an album to cross off.

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