11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though he’s never exactly shied away from emotional directness, it’s almost disarming to hear Billy Corgan—or William Patrick, as he bills himself here—sound as naked as he does on Ogilala. Produced by Rick Rubin (a studio guru with a reputation for stripping artists to their core), the album forgoes the fuzzy, hyper-layered sound of Smashing Pumpkins for Bowie-esque piano ballads (“Zowie,” “Aeronaut”) and crystalline Americana (“Processional,” “Amarinthe”)—a sound as strong as it is vulnerable.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though he’s never exactly shied away from emotional directness, it’s almost disarming to hear Billy Corgan—or William Patrick, as he bills himself here—sound as naked as he does on Ogilala. Produced by Rick Rubin (a studio guru with a reputation for stripping artists to their core), the album forgoes the fuzzy, hyper-layered sound of Smashing Pumpkins for Bowie-esque piano ballads (“Zowie,” “Aeronaut”) and crystalline Americana (“Processional,” “Amarinthe”)—a sound as strong as it is vulnerable.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

xMotherx ,

Mainly acoustic and stunningly intimate

First off, I will never understand why some reviewers bash on an artist for evolving. The best word I have for this album is "intimate". Acoustic piano, guitar, some strings, very clean, mostly minor progressions that fill my brain with images of happiness lost. Definitely not a "rock" album, I personally love this entire album (the album is currently available via streaming until it is released). Corgan's melodic choices in these songs are unique, indentifiable as his, and serve to really punch up the emotion that comes through the music in the way that only Billy can. I feel as though Billy shows on this album that he can do anything he wants, as in he doesn't NEED to be popular, he writes great music which happens to become popular.

bartolucci72 ,

A gret evolution to his sound..

Great artists always evolve. This (so far) has Billy (William) exploring his solo voice without the tremendous layers of guitars. Feels like all the right things taken from his acoustic sounding SP work and combining it with Adore. I like this better than him trying to keep going with the Pumpkins without the rest of the original members...

JPMusicFan ,

Incredible

I've been a Pumpkins fan for 20 years, following all of Billy's solo/side project stuff as well, and I am completely blown away by this album. It may very well be his best work to date. Hauntingly beautiful, powerfully stripped down with his voice, acoustic guitar, and piano providing a soothing soundscape. Without the musical complexities that so often bogged down the Pumpkins' efforts, his song writing genius shines through in ways that we had yet to hear. An amazing album.