When Billy Corgan revived the Smashing Pumpkins with new people some years ago, he announced the big project "Teargarden By Kaleidoscope", from which he released some quite good EPs. It was followed by the quite useful "Oceania", according to Corgan the middle part of "Teargarden". Now follows "Monuments To An Elegy", which at least from the title follows the old pathos. But the content is frightening: nine short songs (only one exceeds the four-minute limit), all sounding the same and, seen as a whole, are amazingly unimaginative. It doesn't even start so badly: Although "Tiberius" is a Pumpkins-by-numbers piece, it has a piano-heavy middle section that makes you sit up and take notice for a moment. The second and last passage that does this is a dry recorded guitar riff at the beginning of "Drums + Fife", with which one briefly leaves the lulling sound wall. In view of this failure, it almost sounds like a threat that Corgan is already working on his successor in the studio. After all, I want it to sound completely different.
Top Track: Tiberius