Archive for the 1990s Music Category

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (Music Review by Colin Allen)

Posted in 1990s, 1990s Music, Music, Uncategorized on June 1, 2018 by Mr. Winch

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the third album by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. It was released on October 23, 1995 (Sharifi).

Image result for mellon collie and the infinite sadness

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is one of those corny but charming high school dramedy movies, but as an album. It’s a lot of things at once; angry, sad, beautiful, rebellious, sentimental, anguished, and introspective. The instrumentation varies from song to song, but is mostly composed of the masterful guitar work of Billy Corgan and James Iha, the incredible drums of Jimmy Chamberlin, and the satisfying bass lines of D’arcy Wretzky. Billy is also the lead singer, and his voice can take some getting used to, but personally I absolutely love it. He can sing softly and beautifully, on tracks such as “Cupid de Locke”, or he can scream and go insane on tracks like “Tales of a Scorched Earth”. The album is composed of six sides; “Dawn”, “Tea Time”, “Dusk”, “Twilight”, “Midnight”, and “Starlight”. “Dawn”, “Twilight”, and “Starlight” are all soft and dreamy. “Tea Time”, “Dusk”, and “Midnight” are all hard and intense. Every single side represents its own certain time frame perfectly. Mellon Collie is like a big clock of adolescence, cycling from caring too much, to caring not enough, to caring just enough. Billy Corgan’s sentimental lyrics somehow masterfully represent every facet of the teenage experience, and in doing so, made a mature record that feels like it’s not.

 

Image result for mellon collie and the infinite sadness

There’s 30 tracks in total, and out of that, there’s not a single track I wholeheartedly dislike. But some are better than others, those being: “Tonight, Tonight”, “Porcelina of the Vast Oceans”, “Cupid de Locke”, “By Starlight”, “X.Y.U.”, “Stumbleine”, and “Lily (My One and Only)”. For time’s sake, I’ll go over my top two favorites; “Porcelina Of The Vast Oceans”, and “Cupid de Locke”. The former is a 9 minute, dynamic as hell, progressive, intense, dreamy epic of a song. “Porcelina” has a lot of really beautiful vivid imagery in the lyrics, describing a beautiful woman named Porcelina, who is able to bring forth higher realms of thought and love because of her relationship with the vast blue oceans. “Cupid de Locke” is one of the most beautiful tracks on the record, with interweaving soft guitars, an amazingly whimsical and pretty synth lead, expansive drums, and soft silly vocals. The lyrics describe Cupid and Satan, love and death, all in olde english, and it’s quite pretty. At the end of the song, there’s a spoken word section, and it’s one of my absolute favorite moments on the entire record.

Image result for mellon collie and the infinite sadness

 

Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness is one of those very special, once-in-a-lifetime albums. It’s an album that transcends age and time, it’s an album that people now and people twenty years from now will relate to all the same. It’s a lush but intense album that has been the soundtrack to many personal experiences I’ve had.

 

Bibliography

Sharifi, Hossein.  Rate Your Music.  “The Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

Sonemic.  2018.

https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the-smashing-pumpkins/mellon-collie-and-the-infinite-sadness-16/

Advertisements