Song: The Celestials
Artist: Smashing Pumpkins
We all impatiently waited for the Smashing Pumpkins to ‘come-back’ so to speak after their mediocre album Zeitgeist, so when Oceania came our way in June; we welcomed it with open arms. After raving reviews around the globe, it’s safe to say it’s welcome to stay.
‘The Celestials’ is the debut single off the album, with a low-tempo opening with an acoustic guitar and soft vocals provided by the one and only Billy Corgan. The game quickly changes in the song to a more up tempo, rock song where the electric guitar making an appearance. Oceania appears to revolve around the theme of love, but is well disguised by the orchestration of the music. The song continues into a harsher sound, putting emphasis on anger in contrast to the love inspired lyrics. It’s a great mix, with the music blurring what some would call ‘soppy lyrics.’ There’s a healthy balance between the two, making it a song enjoyable by all types of music lovers, and all types of Smashing Pumpkins fans.
The album is said to be a depiction of the relationship between Corgan and The Veronica’s singer, Jessica Origliasso, where now they have gone their separate ways. Either way, it’s a great classic rock album with ‘The Celestials’ being a classic rock song, and a new route for the Pumpkins, but definitely brings their reputation up to its previous height. ‘The Celestials’ is the perfect debut single to win any old fans back, and win the hearts of many new acquaintances.
Written by Sarah Keary
OurVinyl | Contributor
The Smashing Pumpkins’ The Celestials