I give it 2 stars because I love the Pumpkins... the only thing saving it from being utterly disgusting is their name on the cover and the fact that Billy seems to at least remember what his band used to sound like. I saw an interview Billy did where he claimed that Mellon Collie "kind of... marked the end of our era as a 'rock band'." You ain't kiddin, buddy.
I miss Jimmy's drumming. With Jimmy Chamberlin missing, Billy's tyranny took over and he decided to do a bunch of weird techno junk... I am very disappointed in the band. The first single, "Ava Adore", is fairly decent, but in no way even comes close to the old Pumpkins. "Pug" almost rocks hard, but Billy still sounds like he's whining. Don't get me wrong, I like soft music just as much as the next guy, but an entire album full of it just IS NOT PUMPKINS.
"Appels + Oranjes" is quick and lively (although dark at the same time), and its lyrics are reminiscent of "Muzzle" (from Mellon Collie). I enjoyed it... so there's three good songs.
I just learned yesterday, though, that Chamberlin is back. I can't wait for the next album... hopefully this soft, semi-techno thing is just a phase. Hopefully they can be a real band again now that they have their drummer back.