Zeitgeist (Exclusive, Bonus Tracks)
Released: Jul 2007
For their first album of new material since 2000, the Smashing Pumpkins produce a meaty slab of bombast-saturated alt-rock -- Zeitgeist is many things, but subtle isn't one of them. Single "Tarantula" sets the harried pace, and there's plenty to bang your head to here, but the grace and variety the band made its name with is missing: Gone are the heart-wrenching ballads and aching melodies, replaced by aggressive songs that bear more resemblance to Velvet Revolver than the Pumpkins of yore. Makes you wonder whether the missing D'Arcy and James Iha were the heart of this band all along.