Billy Corgan is back with a vengeance. Inviting Mötley Crüe sticksman Tommy Lee along for the ride, The Smashing Pumpkins’ mastermind returns to heavier climes, delivering a typically atmospheric ninth album. At times, this album evokes the halcyon days of ‘Siamese Dream’, pursuing a familiar fusion of hazy melody and squalls of guitar. ‘Tiberius’, ‘One And All’ and ‘Anti-Hero’ will come as a treat to long-time admirers, and while not everything works – ‘Dorian’ goes nowhere in particular and the assorted amateurish synths on show grate on the nerves and feel like an afterthought – this is rarely less than compelling.
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