Sound — 9
Sound is not an easily described essence of any Smashing Pumpkins album, for not only does it change from album to album, but every song has a unique feel and sonic trait that makes it distinguishable from every other track. The follow up to Gish, Siamese Dream is a very "hard rock" Many of the tracks are straight up in your face rock as oppossed to some of the more artistic or ballad type tracks on an album like Mellon Collie. The album is full of awesome riffs, from the classic Cherrub Rock build up, to the aggresive Geek USA, to the more mellodic Rocket and back to full throtle energy on Silver F--k. Stylistically, Siamese Dream can be, in my opinion, considered one of the best alternative rock albums of the 90s, and certainly the best of the Smashing Pumpkins.
Lyrics — 9
Lyrist and lead guitarist Billy Corgan delivers some stunning vocals on this album. As a singer, Corgan is renown for the range in his singing. From silent whispers to screams of anger, Corgan beautifully accompanies every song with his voice and lyrics. Lyrically, Corgan sings cryptically, masking the true meanings of many of his songs behind vague lyrics. Never the less, it is the mysticism of his meanings that intrigues many listeners. A romantic, many of Corgans songs draw inspiration from love, hardship, and over coming lifes obstacles.
Overall Impression — 9
The 90s rock scene was a dramatic change from that of the '80s. Nirvana became a raging commercial success with Nevermind, so much that a lot of great music produced by many bands is sometimes over looked and brushed aside. Siamese Dream made an impressive stand and put the Smashing Pumpkins into the public's eyes. The classic songs from this record include Cherrub Rock, Today, Geek USA, Mayonnaise, and Silver f--k. But in my opinion every song is an incredible master piece. I love the differences in every song, truly creative and awesome music. The Pumpkins best and masterpiece of it's own!