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Old 12-04-2018, 05:48 PM   #151
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I don't know, I'd argue for Spangled as well, as a song, but not the abomination of a version he released. The live acoustic version was quite nice. The Fellowship was alright too, nothing special, but just "okay". It's hard to tell in context, because everything felt like such a massive letdown at the time, but then Solara did too.

 
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Old 12-04-2018, 06:12 PM   #152
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I relistened to TGBK a few weeks ago, after hearing Shiny, to do a comparison with other SP2 stuff. It was the first time ever I listened all the way through the two EPs plus two extra songs, and it was the first time in 7-8 years I had listened to some of them.

It's really, really bad. it almost makes Zeitgeist seem like a classic album by comparison. Even songs that I thought I liked at the time, e.g. Spangled, just seemed painful as I relived the feelings of exasperation I felt waiting months and months in between each of these songs. Owata is another one that I liked initially live, but by the time it came out it felt so dead, and the production and arrangements of all these songs seriously sound like some kind of circus joke

 
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Old 12-04-2018, 06:25 PM   #153
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Listening to the music from this point to 2011 in hindsight, it's more than just bad. It really sounds like Billy was having a total mental breakdown.

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Old 12-04-2018, 06:31 PM   #154
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A Stitch In Time was good. I prefer the version on YouTube where some dude added drums though.

 
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Old 12-04-2018, 06:34 PM   #155
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I think he's playing a Guild in that picture. never seen him play one before

 
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Old 12-04-2018, 06:39 PM   #156
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Song for a Son, Lightning Strikes, Stitch in Time

Cottonwood Symphony

it was all way better than anything ZG to me

 
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Old 12-04-2018, 06:41 PM   #157
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but ZG just has an offensive aesthetic on top of the songs being bad, it's overwhelmingly shite

it might be the single worst album released from a band that took a hiatus

idk it being my first disappointment with the pumpkins probably adds to the level of disgust

 
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Old 12-04-2018, 07:02 PM   #158
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Song for a Son, Lightning Strikes, Stitch in Time

Cottonwood Symphony

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but ZG just has an offensive aesthetic on top of the songs being bad, it's overwhelmingly shite

it might be the single worst album released from a band that took a hiatus

idk it being my first disappointment with the pumpkins probably adds to the level of disgust
You should try listening to Z again (the complete tracklisting) and then comparing it to TGBK. I hadn't listened to Zeitgeist in like 5 years or more, but I recently found that I had mentally built up this feeling that it is way worse than it actually is. The aesthetic IS offensive as is the production, but it has a fair amount of legitimately good songs. I think the disappointment from expecting SP1 quality, and then coupled with Jimmy leaving and how bad the music got after that, led to me forming a pretty strong emotional repulsion to Zeitgeist that was more based on context than on the actual album. Disappointing? Yes. Terrible? Nope.

 
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Old 12-04-2018, 07:14 PM   #159
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Song for a Son, Lightning Strikes, Stitch in Time

Cottonwood Symphony

it was all way better than anything ZG to me
god stop having opinions about things please

this is just as bad as comparing monuments to shity

 
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Old 12-04-2018, 07:16 PM   #160
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A Stitch In Time was good. I prefer the version on YouTube where some dude added drums though.
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Old 12-04-2018, 07:44 PM   #161
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Disappointing? Yes. Terrible? Nope.
Stockholm syndrome.

 
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:32 PM   #162
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I think Oceania>Zeitgeist>Shiny>MTAE>TGBK

 
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:34 PM   #163
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Shiny would have ranked a little higher than ZG but it's too short for all the "hype"

 
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:35 PM   #164
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Also, I sincerely dislike them all

 
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Old 12-04-2018, 11:24 PM   #165
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Jimmy leaving in 2009 was really hurtful. I don't mean to be melodramatic, but it really was the ultimate let down. We had all waited so fuckin long for the band to finally get back together, the new songs seemed good, the band was playing well live, and then Billy just alienated Jimmy again. If you weren't paying attention in this era, it's hard to even describe how upsetting this was. To me, this is when the spirit of the band died.

Listening to the music from this point to 2011 in hindsight, it's more than just bad. It really sounds like Billy was having a total mental breakdown. Not only is it a terrible "album," it's honestly one of the worst albums I have ever heard. Imagine being told there was going to be one song a month, in the first four months you get song for a dong, astral planes, and widow, and then there is complete radio silence for ten months until the next drip of awful material. It was excruciating.

So no, really nothing will ever be worse than TGBK 09-11
Couldn't agree more with you here. I was really excited about the reformation and I was fine with the lineup as long as Jimmy was there. I bought into all of Billy's rhetoric that it was only crucial for he and Jimmy to be there.

Jimmy leaving was a deal breaker and the fact that they replaced him with someone so inferior was the ultimate slap in the face.

 
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Old 12-04-2018, 11:50 PM   #166
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Byrne wasn’t a bad drummer it’s just that asking someone to play exactly like someone who also happens to be one of the best drummers ever is a tall order for anyone. The kid is actually really talented.

 
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Old 12-05-2018, 12:06 AM   #167
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He had potential, sure, but he was wayyyyyy out of his league. He butchered the classics and the stuff he wrote for the new songs was really weak too.

 
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Old 12-05-2018, 12:07 AM   #168
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He sounds pretty good on his own music, but like a fish out of water in SP.

 
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Old 12-05-2018, 01:21 AM   #169
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Old 12-05-2018, 01:41 AM   #170
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this is just as bad as comparing monuments to shity
so not very

 
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Old 12-05-2018, 02:27 AM   #171
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Old 12-05-2018, 08:58 AM   #172
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Old 12-05-2018, 09:22 AM   #173
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ZG probably edges TG, but only because Jimmy is on it.

Saying that, I listened to Bring The Light recently, just by itself, and it was mega. Sure, the chorus is repetitive, but everything else is great. It's the closest to SP 1 that SP 2 have done I reckon. The gentle end part is really nice, almost dreamy; the vocals aren't too high in the mix, drums are great, killer guitar solo as well.

TG didn't have any of that stuff really. SFAS I didn't mind at the time, and I have a perverse fondness for Astral Planes, Lightning Strikes has it's moments, and I'm probably the only SP fan who things Owata should've closed Oceania.

MtAE is the nadir though. It wasn't the Pumpkins. It should never have come out.

 
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Old 12-05-2018, 10:14 AM   #174
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I love how every time Billy put out an album over the last 18 years it was basically testing his own delusions, resulting in a meltdown pretty much every time.

Will we get one after Shiny?

 
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:37 AM   #175
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I love how every time Billy put out an album over the last 18 years it was basically testing his own delusions, resulting in a meltdown pretty much every time.

Will we get one after Shiny?
Probably. The album doesn't seem to be selling well. And if the next full tour bombs, I'm full prepared for Billy to kick Jimmy and James to the curb again, say it was all "lies upon lies upon lies" and claim they were stifling his creativity or some other horseshit.

 
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Old 12-06-2018, 01:40 PM   #176
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It's hard for me to see the next tour bombing unless it's horribly bungled. Billy finally seems to have found the secret code to activate widespread fan interest again (believe it or not it was playing his classic songs with the OG band, who'd have thunk?).

Having said that, he is an incredibly self-sabotaging person who alienates everyone around him

 
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Old 12-06-2018, 01:46 PM   #177
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He seems to be saying that he's happy with the reception. Going back to before Ogilala he claimed he didn't care about sales anymore. Not that I think that's true but he didn't throw a shit fit and we know it didn't sell great.

 
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Old 12-06-2018, 02:02 PM   #178
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The thing is everyone is suddenly focusing on the poor sales of this album, but it actually doesn't/shouldn't matter. If Billy is able to look past what THE GENERAL PUBLIC thinks about his music and actually focuses on fan reception, that will be major growth for him.

 
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Old 12-06-2018, 03:48 PM   #179
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It's hard for me to see the next tour bombing unless it's horribly bungled. Billy finally seems to have found the secret code to activate widespread fan interest again (believe it or not it was playing his classic songs with the OG band, who'd have thunk?).

Having said that, he is an incredibly self-sabotaging person who alienates everyone around him
Alienation
Alienation
The last four albums
Were pure masterbation

 
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Old 12-06-2018, 04:08 PM   #180
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Alienation
Alienation
The last four albums
Were pure masterbation
not really. at least masturbation feels good

 
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