Sound — 10
The Smashing Pumpkins have developed a sound that is comparable to that of Boston or ELO through complex song structures and layered guitars that are reminiscent of the '70s. Billy Corgan leads the group with his undeniably talented song writing as the Pumpkins grow to a whole new level of stardom with their second full length album, Siamese Dream. The guitar work sounds similar to that of Gish's, yet there are undeniable amounts of hooks and catches that weren't present on Gish. Siamese Dream succeeds in it's refreshing sound that at times is very psychadelic and complex in a league all it's own. The Pumpkins know how to make good music, and this album is undoubtably their best work (in terms of musical prowess and ability).
Lyrics — 9
Billy Corgan has been known to show off a very distinct voice unlike any musician ever. Corgan's voice is at times haunting, at other times chilling, but is always successful at meeting the level necesssary to compete with the Cobains and Vedders of his time. Corgan shows off his voice more so on Siamese Dream than on Gish, but doesn't sound nasally or as annoying as on Mellon Collie. Corgan's songwriting ability is undeniably impressive, and each song is filled with deep and mysterious lyrics about our world today and the stories that fill it. Siamese Dream succeeds as an album in terms of it's lyrical content, as well.
Overall Impression — 10
Siamese Dream is the most impressive album of the phenominal Pumpkins' catalogue. This is a musically-sound musician's choice, which is a great buy for those who enjoy rocking as well as those who prefer listening and transpiring on the content of this album. Corgan and the group were getting together very well at this point, and it strongly reflects how the Pumpkins were one of, if not the, best grunge bands of all time. This is undeniably one of the five best albums of the' 90s, and is an instant classic among all rock musicians. Simply put, you must by this album if you love '90s music at all. Heck, buy it if you don't like '90s music. Just buy it, because of it's lasting importance on the alternative music scene.