Roy Thomas Baker, Terry Date, Jimmy Chamberlin, Billy Corgan
Following the end of the short-lived project Zwan and an poorly received solo album, "The Future Embrace," Singer/Guitarist Billy Corgan decided to revive the Smashing Pumpkins, issuing "Zeitgeist", the alternative-rocker´s first official studio album in seven years. Now you may think that its a reunion or may even due to the fact that they new it would sell due to the longevity of the group in the alternative rock scene.
The Smashing Pumpkins are only down to the core of Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlain for the album´s recording. The Pumpkins pass the sonic indulgences, avoiding the lush sounds of "Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness" and the electronica vibe of of "Adore", to create a sharply heavier aesthetic powerhouse rocking album that is more in the vein of "Gish" and Siamese Dreams" heavier songs. Enhanced by the presence of veteran producers Roy Thomas Baker (The Cars, Queen) and Terry Date (Deftones, Soundgarden) this album isnt the best Pumpkins album to date but does have some tunes worth checking out if you a fan of the band.
While there are lighter moments on the record, the Pumpkins bust out the heavy, upbeat numbers, particularly in "Doomsday Clock" and the hard-charging "Tarantula," which showcase Corgan´s signature six-string madness of riffs and Chamberlain´s percussive drumming abilities. Rounded out by touring musicians Jeff Schroeder (guitar), Ginger Reyes (bass), and Lisa Hamilton (keyboards), this album does offer the best track "Thats the Way (My Love Is)" which is the most catchy song on the record and more towards the radio single. This song is the more "Siamese Dreams" reminiscent in the soaring more on the pop side of the group. I wish they had more tunes on the album like this but then again the die-hard fans will love the album with the more earlier classic Pumpkins sound on the first album released in 7 years.