Review: Smashing Pumpkins go pop, sort of, on 'Monuments to an Elegy'

December 10, 2014 2:49 PM

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Despite the ponderous title, the Smashing Pumpkins' ninth studio album, "Monuments to an Elegy" (Martha's Music), is practically lighthearted by Billy Corgan standards. Corgan hasn't gone all One Direction on us, but it's by far his most concise, pop-oriented album as the sole remaining original member of a band that sold multimillions of albums during its '90s heyday.

During that era, the singer tapped into progressive rock, psychedelia, metal and Goth, channeling the ambition and excess that each suggests. Big egos demand big music, and though some would cast him as a cartoon, Corgan never backed off from his convictions, no matter how extreme. Heck, earlier thi...

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