Monuments to an Elegy [CD]

  • Artist: The Smashing Pumpkins
  • SKU: 9926237
  • Release Date: 12/09/2014
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86% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (40 out of 47)

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    The Smashing Pumpkings - Monuments to an Elegy

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    solarpm
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    [ TRACK LISTING ] 1) ‘Tiberius’ 2) ‘Being Beige (World’s on Fire)’ 3) ‘Anaise’ 4) ‘One and All’ 5) ‘Run2Me’ 6) ‘Drum and Fife’ 7) ‘Monuments’ 8) ‘Dorian’ 9) ‘Anti-Hero’ [ PROS ] - Entire product is recyclable. - CD was on sale. [ CONS ] - The CD needs more tracks. - This CD is not your typical Smashing Pumpkings, nearly evert track has a depressed tone. [ ABOUT ME ] - 30 yr old male. - Cellular user of: Cricket, TracFone, and T-Mobile. - Game & Simulation programmer. - Microsoft XBOX360 gamer. - Advanced Microsoft Windows OS user of: IA-32 x86 Win 98 IA-32 x86 Win XP IA-32 x86 Win Vista IA-32 x86 Win 7 IA-32 x86 Win 8.0 IA-32 x86 Win 8.1 IA-64 x86-64 Win 8.1 - Regular Best Buy shopper (electronics, video games, music etc.) - My Best Buy member (formerly Best Buy Reward Zone). - Regularly uses Reward Zone certificates. - Regularly submits free/reliable answers to Best Buy's "Questions and Answers" section to its users. - Regularly submits customer survey reports found on each receipt. Hope my review helped you with your purchase consideration!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    SP's Evolving Sound

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    kc5vrw
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    Like other Smashing Pumpkins fans, I long for the days of Mellon Collie and Siamese Dream. However, Mr. Corgan wants you to know that it's time to move on. Yes, it's still Smashing Pumpkins, although with roster changes and an evolving sound. The intro song, Tiberius, harkens back to the days of rock anthems with a heavy dose of synths that remind me of the 80s. From here on out, it's a mixed bag of goodness, with drum machines and more electronics making their presence known. Still, the sound is hard when it's supposed to be, and the world is right again. Not all songs hit, but I suspect that my old ears have yet to be conditioned to the band's current iteration. It's worth picking up and giving it a listen to see where Smashing Pumpkins is going these days. The sound is different, but different isn't bad. If there's a lesson to be learned, that's what they're trying to show fans.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Smashing Pumpkins 2.0 for beginners

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    MusicNerdClub
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    "Monuments to an Elegy" is a catchy, terrific sounding album. It is the shortest album in the Smashing Pumpkins' catalog with 9 songs in just more than 30 minutes, all succinct and radio-ready. Of all the band's music in the post-D'arcy/Iha era, this is easily the best way to get into their recorded output of the last decade. That said, for long-time fans expecting typically epic Smashing Pumpkins, "Monuments to an Elegy" will sound strangely incomplete. Hopefully that will be remedied for their next album. Also an important note: I think the sound quality of the CD is far superior to that which you may hear through streaming and download: the guitars sound much louder in the mix on CD, while the keyboards sound much louder in the mix on iTunes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Some good moments, but not a consistent album

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    adv73
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    Corgan's self-proclaimed greatness aside, I've been a fan for a while, have even bought many of the reissues, but a lot of his newer releases fall flat. This album is a bit better than the last two, but it still does not have the consistent punch the earlier albums had. Even if Corgan was the main creative behind those albums, there is something to be said about the chemistry of what different band lineups produce over what essentially are hired guns. If you're a SP/BC completist, you're going to get this anyway, but if you're not a diehard, check out the earlier work first before coming back to this.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Another Mediocre Pumpkins Album

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    obi1jedi
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    First off, Billy Corgan is an amazing songwriter and rock frontman, but without the other members of the original Pumpkins lineup, he's just Billy Corgan. Which is not a bad thing, but it's also not a great thing. This album is an entertaining listen, and it's very short - the nine songs flew by and I was halfway through the second listen before I realized that I was hearing repeated songs. For a completionist like myself, it's a must-have album, but I imagine that for most people, they would be better off just listening to the albums from the '90s again.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    SP Rules

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    Dionysus
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    This a very short album relative to previous Pumpkin albums but don't be fooled 9 tracks. The songs are well laid out with excellent production. Billy here has decided to go a little more pop and so the tracks reflect that, artist choice by no track being more than 4 minutes tops. I see this Billy saying well i'll do what the mass heard wouldn't expect me to do, but I will do it well. Tiberius rocks hard so does Monuments, Run2Me is a great song and Tommy Lee drumming on this album is nothing short of sensational.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    The Pumpkins Are No More

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    musicmaven
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    This album is okay. There are a few good tracks. Nothing will ever come close to the magic of the original Smashing Pumpkins. And in some ways that's the way it should be. This is the Billy Corgan show. Billy has critiqued other bands ilke Foo Fighters for putting out the same ole stuff. But when artists try new sounds, they're not often good, whether they are using a new technique or still trying to capture the sound and success they once had. It's the nature of being an artist.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Still rocking

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    abbuyguy
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    A unique but not unfamiliar sound from The Smashing Pumpkins. A little more rocking and direct than recent albums, maybe a result of having Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee performing on the album. Still has some nice electronic moments and everything you'd expect vocally from Billy Corgan. Interesting to see Rage Against The Machine Drummer, Brad Wilk, performing with the band live.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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