Like any sane person born in or around the nineties, I'm a fan of The Smashing Pumpkins ("Rhinoceros" and "Space Boy" are still go-to tunes in my bank of angst-ridden, lonely girl cry jams!) That being said, I think it is safe to say that the world would be a better place if their new song "Being Beige" ceased to exist. The guitar and keyboard riff that opens the track sounds like a cheesy Clay Aiken song, and Billy Corgan's vocals are far too up-close and crisp, they lose the milky, muffled, quality, which creates an irresistible, untouchable effect, that makes The Smashing Pumpkins great.
"Being Beige" sounds forced, overproduced, and really kinda gross. Even the wall of guitar noise, which has characterized their work in the past, sounds pop-rocky, and foreign to the satisfying muddiness previous songs have achieved.
I hate to admit it, but maybe Courtney Love was right! Perhaps Billy Corgan really did stop writing good music
after he stopped writing about her.
I actually cringed listening to this one. See for yourselves.
The full album Monuments To An Elegy
is out 12/9.