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The Smashing Pumpkins


Eighth studio album from the Chicago alt.rock band and part of their Teargarden by Kaleidyscope online project

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  1. 8.3 |   Paste Magazine

    Oceania very much sees Corgan and company settling into album, not single, territory. And that’s probably where long-term fans have wanted to see them for a long time
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  2. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    He’s carved out an agreeable adventure with Oceania, and one that any casual or die-hard fan can embrace with true vigor
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  3. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Just as one sound has found its groove, Corgan swerves abruptly to change mood, tone and intent, creating a multi-layered work that is a complete guitar-rock album
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  4. 8.0 |   BBC

    Straddling the line between art and commerce, between arena rock and cult devotion, for the first time in quite a while Billy Corgan and The Smashing Pumpkins sound energised and alive
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  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Corgan’s lyrics are simple yet opaque — nebulous love and coloured lights abound — and the suspicion remains that he is neither grunge nor pomp rocker at heart but more of a good old-fashioned hippy
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  6. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The thunderous riffage of 'The Chimera' ain't bad either, though the Brian May guitar harmonies evoke helpless mirth
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  7. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A record that could well be the catalyst of a stellar second era for one of rock’s more interesting groups
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  8. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    He’s finally delivered the Smashing Pumpkins album that everybody wanted the first time he decided to revive the name
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  9. 7.2 |   Beats Per Minute

    This is the kind of unabashedly self-indulgent prog-rock epic that Corgan built a fanbase with, and those still left standing by his side will find Oceania to be a fine return to form
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  10. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    It's a strange album on the whole, though there's no doubting Corgan has his mojo back, and if you can stomach a 45-year-old man still whining on about isolation and stuff then this may well be up your proverbial alley
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  11. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    It is, if nothing else, a modest righting of the ship, with the added benefit of Corgan finally rediscovering some of the musical animus that's eluded him for the past decade
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  12. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Return to form form Corgan and co. Print edition only

  13. 7.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Oceania has some grand moments and is well worth listening to, but it sadly pales in comparison to the Pumpkins’ earlier, generation-defining albums
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  14. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    Comfortably the best post-reformation Pumpkins album
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  15. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    The sheer magnitude of the entire package speaks louder than the individual quality of the songs, ultimately making more of an impression that it actually merits
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  16. 6.3 |   Pitchfork

    His new band might not question him very much, and they may play better or more professionally, than his old crew. But Oceania suffers a kind of rock-star-dictator airlessness
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  17. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    It's also a good stand-alone record, a bong-prog take on the alt-rock grandeur of Gish and Siamese Dream
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  18. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Oceania is best listened to in bits
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  19. 6.0 |   NME

    Billy's back with a new band and some grand concept based on the tarot. No, come back! It's actually not that bad
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  20. 6.0 |   The Observer

    The collision of sludgy guitars, thunderous drums and Billy Corgan's frantic yelp on opener Quasar makes for a bracing reacquaintance with overwrought stadium grunge
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  21. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The songcraft is back, but the romance is still missing
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  22. 5.5 |   PopMatters

    Take 1: Billy Corgan has made sure that Oceania is a high-tech affair from start to finish. But that hi-tech inhumanity also seems to express a nostalgia for the analogue prog rock past. 4/10 Take 2: Although Oceania will be plagued with comparisons of past efforts — a fair tactic given the Smashing Pumpkins relevance in the rock scene and unabashed public disbanding and rebanding — Corgan is impressively pulling this “new” version of the Pumpkins into an interesting direction. 7/10
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  23. 5.0 |   The Fly

    For a Tarot-themed rock album made by an immortal megalomaniac, it’s actually OK. Especially the loud bits
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  24. 4.0 |   The Guardian

    Too often, tracks chug and puff along a bloated path to nowhere
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