I picked up some new music this weekend and I thought I’d share my thoughts on these albums.
Smashing Pumpkin’s new album, Zeitgeist, is one of the albums I picked up. “Smashing Pumpkins’ first CD in 7 years” was written on the packaging, and you know what? It’s about time. If you like The Smashing Pumpkins, you will like this album. The familiar distortion that is The Smashing Pumpkins’ signature sound comes through in many of the tracks. Also, in typical Pumpkins fashion the guitar levels are turned up way high and the vocals come in as almost background tracks in many of the tracks. This album is good but definitely not ground breaking. If you’re a fan of Billy Corgan’s work with The Smashing Pumpkins, it’s worth a listen just to hear some new stuff.
Another album I picked up is Hot Hot Heat’s latest album, Happiness Ltd. I have heard this album previously through a friend that works in the music industry. He has had a copy of this album for quite a while and only let me hear it. I couldn’t get a copy of it, because it was watermarked. I’ve been waiting for this album to appear on store shelves for quite a while. This album is great. While it showcases the same whiney vocals that Hot Hot Heat fans are so familiar with, it is much more mellow than their last release. I believe it will probably be enjoyed and accepted more so by the masses more. This is an album I recommend you guys pick up.
Switches’ album, Heart Tuned To D.E.A.D., was given to me by the same friend that had the Hot Hot Heat album months before its release. He told me this album was incredible and every track was incredible as well. I listened to it on the drive home. My friend was not lying or over exaggerating. This album is incredible. I like every track on this album. That is not a common thing to say about any album, aside from “best of” compilations. Listening to these guys from England, you can hear sounds that will remind you of other bands. Switches has an eclectic array of sounds, including The Vines, The Beatles, Jet, Oasis, and Weezer. They masterfully execute all the different styles of music with great vocals, great rhythms, and awesome solos. Buy it. Borrow it. Steal it. Just get it.