Corgan seems to be now devoting himself to the penning of pop songs in an overtly retro Seventies mode. This is better than the last record, when he was trying to sound like Linkin Park, and worse than the Nineties, when he was trying to sound like the Smashing Pumpkins. »
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'teargarden by kaleidyscope volume one - songs for a sailor' is packaged in a silk-screened wooden box (7 1/4" tall x 8" wide x 1.05" thick). each box contains: a 4-song cd (with four new smashing pumpkins songs and instrumental intros), a 7" vinyl single (containing a new song and a b-side), and a hand-carved 'stone' obelisk, about 2" tall, similar to marble. tracks include the guitar squealing 'song for a son,' 'widow wake my mind' - a jagged-chorded, keyboard-buttressed ballad; 'astral planes,' and 'a stitch in time.' billy corgan is playing and recording almost everything himself, with studio help from long time collaborator kerry brown and new drummer mike byrne. 'teargarden by kaleidyscope volume one' is the first release in a series of eleven, comprising forty-four songs, to be anthologized in four song eps in limited and elaborate packaging. the concept for teargarden is based around four tarot cards: the child, the fool, the skeptic and the mystic.
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