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  • Audio CD (July 10 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000OQF6N6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,329 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Doomsday Clock
2. 7 Shades of Black
3. Bleeding the Orchid
4. That¹s the Way (my Love is)
5. Tarantula
6. Starz
7. United States
8. Neverlost
9. Bring the Light
10. (Come on) Let¹s Go!
11. For God and Country
12. Pomp and Circumstances

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Zeitgeist, the first album of new material in seven years from highly acclaimed and multiplatinum-selling Smashing Pumpkins, returns the band to its rightful place at the cutting edge of Modern Rock. Led by Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins created songs that defined alternative music and continue to influence a new generation (just since 2005 the band's MySpace page has tallied an amazing 3,125,000+ views). With Zeitgeist, Smashing Pumpkins are back. Limited Edition featuring a 76-page book bound with post and screws with a die-cut pocket for the CD.

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Inside the buzzing hive of Smashing Pumpkins' guitars is clearly where bandleader Billy Corgan feels most comfortable. So, after a seven-year hiatus for the short-lived group Zwan and his surprisingly sunny 2005 solo album, Corgan has revived the Pumpkins in all the six-string-spattered shades of emotional gray that made them one of the greatest bands of the alt-rock era. Longtime drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, along with famed boardsmiths Roy Thomas Baker and Terry Date as well as Corgan himself coproduced. Chamberlin also supports mountainous layers of guitar with his fiercest playing. This is a version of the band dedicated to early bare-knuckled form, with a few exceptions: Corgan's grown into a more powerful wordsmith and his lengthy guitar solo explorations of yore are replaced with a trim, barbed textural approach that's ultimately more vicious. That is, until the centerpiece "United States" stretches into an epic punk-metal-informed sibling of Jimi Hendrix's "Machine Gun," with Corgan's strings singing like explosions and twisting metal as he warbles about revolution. Much of this album conjures literal and sonic visions of apocalypse, but there's grace, too, in the blithe grind of the hopeful "That's the Way (My Love Is)" and the melodic "Neverlost." Overall, Corgan's captivating effort to mine both the spirit of these turbulent times and the soul of his defining band is a smashing success. --Ted Drozdowski

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Curtis on July 5 2007
Format: Audio CD
After a few listens this album is fantastic. Great guitar work by Corgin and SP's.

Not sure why the other reviewer had to rate this 1/5 because Amazon didn't list what the LTD Ed. had on it. That has nothing to do with the quality of the work.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 3 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Smashing Pumpkins are back. The legendary rock band, which blossomed like a dark rose in the musical wasteland of the 1990s.

Okay, only frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin have returned from the original lineup, and the absences can be detected. But their return album "Zeitgeist" is still worthy of epic praise -- dark, passionate hard-rock, written with a darkly poetic sweep. Too bad the extra material isn't so good.

The drums smash, the bass roars like unleashed tornado. "Is everyone afraid?/Is everyone ashamed?/They're running towards their holes to find out/Apocalyptic thieves/Are lost amongst our dead," Corgan drawls, telling us a story of gas masks, Kafka and fear.

It's followed with the roiling rocker "7 Shades of Black," with the level of depression you'd expect ("And without peer/And without fear/I'm without anyone at all!"). Then it pours into a series of blazing hard-rockers -- soaring grimy epics, buzzing and cascading bass rockers, a stripped-down melodic tune, and the soaringly exquisite "Pomp and Circumstances," which is only marred by Corgan singing "la la la la..."

"Zeitgeist" probably won't be gently compared to the Pumpkins' earlier classics, especially since it doesn't have James Iha and D'arcy Wretzy from the original lineup -- valuable talents both. But taken on its own virtues, it's brilliant hard-rock -- epic, dark, and with moments of sheer poetry woven into the stormy music.

If I had a main complaint, it would be that the softer songs are rare here, and that the bass doesn't have that epic quality in some of the songs. But Corgan is blazingly passionate in his playing, layering and building a storm of driving guitar and fuzzy bass.
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Format: Audio CD
Not sure if using the moniker "The Smashing Pumpkins" was appropriate. Perhaps Billy and Jimmy should have pulled a "Bachman/Cummings" title out the their hats, but then again, would the record be selling so well if they had?
Nevertheless, despite the lack of production present when compared to previous albums, there are familiar sounds here: namely the choppy pumpkin-signature 16th-note beats between guitar and drums, as heard before in such tracks as "Bodies", "An ode to noone & "Jellybelly"- now incarnated into tracks like 'Doomsday clock" & "7 shades of black". New to the mix are a saturated sea of corgan vocal back-ups, present in nearly every track. So what's missing? For starters, Billy is "happy" and it shows. Gone are the gnarled screams of angst, now replaced with abundant gnarled multi-tracked guitar solos. When listening to this album, I cant deny that I get the impression that Billy and Jimmy got together a list of "jam" tunes, for which Billy would one day have to turn into lyrical meaning (a shining point for the band in the past). The difference is that he doesnt seem frustrated and alienated with the world anymore-there is no inner-conflict to match the tone of the music, and so he choses to look to external sources-Politics, the media, global warming, etc. This direction will resonate with some, but I doubt the album will have the longevity and resonation of MCIS or Siamese Dream, because somehow the anger and frustration feels forced, as if Corgan is trying to give us what we so desperately wanted more of, only he simply has nothing more left to give.
prehaps its time for all of us to finally grow up and just be happy with what we have.
Shining points suprisingly are "That's the way (my love is)", "Bring the light", and "Come on, let's go!
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 9 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Smashing Pumpkins are back. The legendary rock band, which blossomed like a dark rose in the musical wasteland of the 1990s.

Okay, only frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin have returned from the original lineup, and their sound is a touch less epic than before. But their return album "Zeitgeist" is still worthy of epic praise -- dark, passionate hard-rock, written with a darkly poetic sweep.

The drums smash, the bass roars like unleashed tornado. "Is everyone afraid?/Is everyone ashamed?/They're running towards their holes to find out/Apocalyptic thieves/Are lost amongst our dead," Corgan drawls, telling us a story of gas masks, Kafka and fear.

It's followed with the roiling rocker "7 Shades of Black," with the level of depression you'd expect ("And without peer/And without fear/I'm without anyone at all!"). Then it pours into a series of blazing hard-rockers -- soaring grimy epics, buzzing and cascading bass rockers, a stripped-down melodic tune, and the soaringly exquisite "Pomp and Circumstances," which is only marred by Corgan singing "la la la la..."

"Zeitgeist" probably won't be gently compared to the Pumpkins' earlier classics, especially since it doesn't have James Iha and D'arcy Wretzy. And it does lack a certain quality in the bass playing. But taken on its own virtues, it's brilliant in its own way -- epic, dark, and with moments of sheer poetry woven into the stormy music.

If I had a main complaint, it would be that most of the songs are fast and hard -- where are the ballads? But Corgan is blazingly passionate in his playing, layering and building a storm of driving guitar and fuzzy bass. He pushes on the fiery melodies of each song, with Chamberlin smashing the drums beside him. These guys mean business.
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