Billy Corgan, the sonic architect behind one of the biggest bands to emerge from the alt-rock era, the Smashing Pumpkins, doesn’t romanticize the past anymore.“I’m not sentimental. I can tell you that,” laughs Corgan. “Actually, I was much more sentimental back in the day, although I tried to hide it.” The guitar wiz laughs again at the thought during a call to Digital Trends from his native Chicago to discuss the massive six-CD/one-DVD/107-track box set out today on Virgin/Ume. It celebrates Adore, the Pumpkins’ oft-misunderstood 1998 follow up to the 1995 mega hit, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.Adore veered away from focusing on the band’s patented loud/soft guitar histrionics to embrace Corgan’s ever-expanding folk, acoustic, and electronic leanings. Tracks like the touching “To Sheila”, the burbling “Ava Adore”, and the anthemic, cathartic “For Martha” showed the expanding breadth of a songwriter who has plans to release not one but two new Pumpkins records in early 2015, Monuments to an Elegy and Day for Night.“I don’t think I could have ever imagined how the technological changes would affect both the way we make music and the way we listen to music.” Corgan and his Adore production team were working with an… Read full this story
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