The Smashing Pumpkins have long been held as some of the first real alternative rock legends, and their stature have truly not changed. They’ve only come to own that sound more over the years, and their latest record proves that. The Smashing Pumpkins modernize their sound in Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun., bringing an interesting set of vibes and new approach to their own sound.
Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 isn’t quite as long other efforts, but it does what it can in its short amount of time. Opening track ‘Knights Of Malta‘ brings the record to a noble sounding start, a subtle drive and a small orchestra backing the track as it moves warmly forward. ‘Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)' follows with a much more alternative vibe, The Smashing Pumpkins adding a modern touch to their classic sound. The band doesn’t dwell too much on their past releases or sounds though, as Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 is all about moving forward. Songs like the folky, rocky build of ‘Alienation‘ and ‘Solara‘ assure that this album stays fresh.
The Smashing Pumpkins have a message to deliver with the songs on Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1, and it’s built up over the course of the album. They approach their music with a sense of moving forward, such as in ‘Travels,’ where the recollective track encourages the listener to go out and live their life. Other tracks march ahead with more attitude, like ‘Marchin’ On‘ and the huge closer ‘Seek and You Shall Destroy.’ There’s definitely a new sense of maturity to be found within the record.
The Smashing Pumpkins modernize their sound in Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun., showing both a new approach to their own music and their writing. The band makes it apparent that they’ve grown and changed, but assuredly still know how to channel their past to make something relatable.
Favorite Track: Travels
Least Favorite Track: With Sympathy
Rating: 72 / 100
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