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"Siamese Dream" Album ReviewAlpha101 This is one of those albums that did not impress me upon the first listen, but after listening to it many times, it's slowly became one of my favorite albums in my collection. The Smashing Pumpkins were one of the most important bands of the 90s, and this album was one of the most successful releases of the decade. So, let's see if it deserves the recognition that it constantly gets.
"Cherub Rock" is one of my least favorite songs on the album, which is a very unpopular opinion. Most consider it to be one of the best album openers in history, but I disagree. It's definitely not a bad song, but, unlike most of the other tracks, it just doesn't seem personal at all, and I cannot relate to it. It does, however, sound great, so I do listen to it often.
"Quiet" is another song that I cannot really relate to, but it sounds very appealing, from its murky opening, to the easily recognizable chorus. It's another one of my least favorites, but it is good, and warrants many listens.
"Today" is one of the greatest tracks on the album. It has a magnificent opening, bright yet depressing lyrics, and it's irresistibly catchy and is one song that I can never forget. This is one of my favorite songs by the band, and I highly recommend that you check it out.
"Hummer" is a disappointing letdown after hearing such a beautiful song. Again, this isn't a bad song, but I rarely listen to it. The lyrics are unimpressive, but there is a strong message to the song, which is one of the reasons that I, occasionally, find myself listening to it.
"Rocket" is yet another song that I always skip. While I can agree that some of the songs on the album that I do not like are good, this song just doesn't impress me at all. In short, it isn't horrible, but it is a very weak song.
"Disarm" is another great song. It's message is very relatable and actually admirable. I always saw a lot of myself in this song, and I think most do as well. This isn't the best song on the album, but it is close to it.
"Soma" is my second favorite song on the album. The opening sounds hopeless, and it really sends chills up my spine. The song also transitions from soft to heavy very well. The best is yet to come, but this comes really close.
"Geek U.S.A." is easily the worst song on the album. Nothing about it is appealing at all, and every single time it comes on, I skip it. I have no desire to listen to it, whatsoever.
"Mayonnaise" is a horrible song. I absolutely hate it... Ok, I tried really hard to kid myself, but it didn't work. This is not only the best song on the album, but one of my favorite songs in general. It sounds absolutely beautiful, and every single time it comes on, I feel a little bit happier than I did before. This is one of the best songs of the decade, and, possibly, ever.
"Spaceboy" has a pretty sad sound and message to it, but, at the same time, sounds uplifting, in my opinion. It's a great song, though it is outshined by a few other tracks on the album.
"Silverf**k" has a roaring opening, but, besides that, fails to impress me upon every single listen. This is another that I usually skip.
"Sweet Sweet" has an opening that sounds nostalgic and beautiful. It isn't a great song, but it is very good, and is actually one of their most underrated songs, in my opinion.
"Luna" is a great album closer. It is one of my favorite love songs, and sounds lovely throughout the entire song.
Overall, I think this album is ranked a little too highly. Half the album is nearly perfect, but, sadly, I could completely go without the other half. It has some beautiful songs, and some that I forget exist until I listen to them, and I usually skip them a few seconds in. This is still one of the best albums of the 90s, but is far from perfect. That being said, I love it. I can relate to a large number of the songs on this album, and the ones that I don't skip, shine a lot.
8.8/10 - Great Album