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"There's lots of good guitar playing, but no flashy riffs and absolutely nothing you'd call a solo. It gives Monuments its greatest strength: a self contained identity." — The Quietus
The 10th full-length studio release from the alternative rock band led by Billy Corgan includes Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee on drums.
The Smashing Pumpkins were one of the most popular alternative rock bands of the 1990s, mostly thanks to the success of second and third albums Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. At the height of their fame they guest-starred in a memorable episode of The Simpsons. Monuments to an Elegy is a stunning return to form, writes Alternative Press. It offers concise songs that plumb the vocalist/guitarist's stock-in-trade while offering new sonic veneers. Monuments to an Elegy was recorded in Chicago with Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who's been in the band since 2007. Playing drums throughout is Tommy Lee.
Monuments to an Elegy was produced by Howard Willing (who first worked with the Pumpkins on the Adore sessions), Corgan and Schroeder. It was mixed by David Bottrill and mastered by Howie Weinberg, who did the same honors for Pumpkins classics in the 90's. Monuments to an Elegy is "an album within an album," part of their ongoing work-in-progress Teargarden By Kaleidyscope (with Day For Night as the project's last work).
"Howard lives in the real world, unlike me," says Corgan. "And so it was his task to be the traffic cop. To point out where the Pumpkins' sound needed to come forward, and for that I'm appreciative, because it was never the idea of the band as conceived to live in the past, or to become a machine of sentiment. And like all good rock and roll scythes, we're back to chopping forward."
The Smashing Pumpkins have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy Awards in the process. The pivotal group's many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation.
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