REVIEW: Smashing Pumpkins Release New Song

100119-smashing-pumpkins.jpg
The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan
WRITTEN BY
William Goodman

Billy Corgan has released the second song from the Smashing Pumpkins' new 44-track project, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, and like its predecessor, "Widow Wake My Mind" is a very pleasant surprise. Read: It's doesn't suck... at all.

Hear the track below.

Ol' Billy has ditched the dark, punishing sound of the Pumpkins' 2007 "reunion" album, Zeitgeist, opting for a more straight-forward rock sound reminiscent of his short-lived side-project Zwan.

"Widow Wake My Mind" opens with a funky, jangly electric guitar riff and soon drops into a dreamy sequence of floating bass and keys. "I'm looking for a love that shines / To be mine / Yes, all mine / A love that's mine," he sings in that nasal snarl over a climbing melody.

It's a well-crafted pop-rock song with spare piano interludes, never-overbearing drums (Jimmy Chamberlin's 19-year-old replacement is working out nicely), and a big, song-capping vocal with polished guitar solos.

So far, Mr. Corgan has a record of 2-0. Let's hope he keeps the winning streak up -- 42 more songs to go!

LISTEN:Smashing Pumpkins, "Widow Wake My Mind"

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
placeholder
Now Playing
  • 1 Miley Cyrus — Baby, I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin (Cover) " 05:44
  • 2 Chris Brown & Trey Songz — Tuesday (Remix) " 04:26
  • 3 Buzzcocks — "It's Not You" " 02:46
  • 4 The Drums — Magic Mountain " 04:05
  • 5 Jessie Ware — Kind Of...Sometimes...Maybe " 03:46
  • 6 Flying Lotus — Coronus, the Terminator " 02:40
  • 7 JEFF The Brotherhood — Gouge Away " 02:52

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA