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#356: Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins

6.17.2011


Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins (1993)

Favorite Track(s): "Cherub Rock" and "Rocket" and "Disarm" and "Mayonaise" (is it too hard to spell it correctly?) and "Spaceboy" and "Luna"

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) So many thoughts, and I haven't even heard the album yet! Well, first things first.

I'm pretty sure I have a tattoo that is the same font as featured on the album cover, only mine is all caps and theirs is all lower-case. But the point is: EPIC WIN.

Second, you know that scene in Little Women (1994) after Amy's fallen in the frozen creek and Jo was so scared that she forgives her for burning her manuscript and she says, "I could never love anyone more than I love my sisters?"

Well, it was quite surprising to me how much I loved Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness when I listened to it back in January. I didn't want to listen to it. But then it was really good! And the other day I was in the car with my sister and "Tonight, Tonight" came on and she went to change the station and first I was like, "No, don't do it--I love this song!" and then I was like, "WHO AM I?" Maryann of the Past would never have even known that's a Smashing Pumpkins song, much less wanted to hear it! So the point is, I've changed. I now like and respect the Smashing Pumpkins.

Which brings me back to the Little Women quote. I'm nervous about Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness's place on the list at #479, and Siamese Dream being all the way at #356! I fear I could never love any Smashing Pumpkins album as much as I love Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness! Maybe Siamese Dream is high on the list because of how 'influential' and 'ground-breaking' it was, instead of for loveliness, like Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (can you tell I love typing that? MELLON COLLIE AND THE INFINITE SADNESS! I might name a cat that someday). But who knows. Smashing Pumpkins surprised me once, so I'm able to hope they can do it again.

(Post-Listening) Well, "Disarm" took my breath away. The orchestrations were just divine. And coupled with the dark lyrics? I loved it.

The rest of the album was also very good. I probably still prefer Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, but this was great!

Is This Better Than A Hard Day's Night?: Sure!

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