Sound — 9
The sound of this album is undeniably amazing, and captivating. It's one of those albums that you would like to bring with you out into a huge open field on a really nice day in the summer and just lay around in a hammock and listen to it. The record kicks off with "Cherub Rock" which boosts you into thoughts of saying "this album is really going to kick ass". Though songs on the album feature serious topics such as "Spaceboy", written about a friend of Corgan who passed away, and "Today" which features thoughts of suicide by Corgan, they remain probably one of the best and most musically uplifting songs on the album. Amazing tracks like "Mayonaise", "Disarm" and "Soma" pull you into a trance of psychedellic, groovy, shoegaze-esque grunge. An absolute masterpiece and inspiring work of art.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are deep, motivating and harmonic, they reflect well with the overall tone and voice of the song itself, both musically and poetically. Billy Corgans unique vocal style adds to the unconventional nature of the album, as well as its overall ambiance. The song "Today" features an unusually happy tone for a more serious song on the album, being as it is about Corgans suicidal tendencies. Though it remains a masterpiece. Truly incredible.
Overall Impression — 9
My personal favorite from the Pumpkins. It is raw, powerful, entrancing, and musically rich. One of the more underrated songs on the album that one should give a few listens to would be "Mayonaise" which features an amazingly wonderful harmony and slow-paced rich sound. I cannot find many flaws on this album, if any, even. The album is simply breathtaking. If it were stolen, I would hunt down the thief and shoot him in the face with a nailgun. If it was lost, I would buy another copy. This album is too good to pass up. An absolute MUST HAVE for any Smashing Pumpkins fan, or anybody interested in giving them a listen. This album is win.