#479: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins


Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins (1995)

Favorite Track(s): "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" and "Tonight, Tonight" (THE STRINGS) and "Take Me Down" and "Galapagos" and "Cupid de Locke" and "Stumbleine" and "Tonite Reprise" and "Farewell and Goodnight" and "Infinite Sadness"

Thoughts: The Smashing Pumpkins are a band I've always been very aware of, but couldn't name one of their songs for you. They always seemed too alternative for my tastes, and their music videos freaked me out for some reason. Plus, the image of smashing a pumpkin made me sad.

So this was another album where I was like, "Oh, I guess I finally have to listen to this band now" (I just had a shiver at the thought of Nine Inch Nails or Limp Bizkit showing up on this list). Two things in their favor up front: the album name and cover art. LOVE.

(Note: I listened to the vinyl track listing, as opposed to the CD track listing. I loved the way it was split up by time of day, and I think it only meant listening to two extra songs overall.)

I have to tell you, the first five tracks of this album (Dawn) were lovely. A pure joy to listen to--at once surprising and beautiful and varied and nostalgic (of the 90s--it made me want to re-watch some Buffy). The rest was really good and I liked it, but the first five tracks were SUBLIME, and so much better than I expected.

The rest were, well, what I expected, up the last 5 songs. (Though I totally agree with the youtube commenter who said that "the last 50-60 seconds of ['Thru the Eyes of Ruby'] are enough reason to live" and "Galapagos" and "Stumbleine" were right up my alley.) I just preferred the softer songs, so I ended up especially liking the bookends of the album. Great, great music.


Spiro said...

yes yes yes yes yes yes yes.

ps. how ARE you listening to these albums? getting them from the library?

Maryann said...

1) look up the artist on wikipedia
2) go to their discography
3) click on the album page
4) go to the track listing, decide which to go by (if there are options, like with this one)
5) Search on youtube for album versions (live and covers not acceptable)
6) If not on youtube, I try rhapsody
7) If I've used up my free rhapsody listens, I use the library
8) If it's not available by library, I sin grievously and only listen to the 30 second clips on iTunes. In most cases that's only necessary for one or two songs off an album

Maryann said...

I should say that #8 is really, really rare, and that in many cases the clips have been 1:30 long instead of just 30 seconds

oryann said...

This is totally random, but I am that youtube commenter.. I randomly stumbled upon your blog today, and saw that comment quoted, and I was like "is.. is that me? whoa!"

lol, but I still stand by it. It's one of the most beautiful pieces of music written.

Very good review though, and I also tend to favor the softer songs :)

Maryann said...

That IS super random! But that comment is a perfect description for when you come across a gorgeous song like this. Thanks for stopping by!