Billy's imploding voice
Listening to Oceania I realize what really puts me off his new stuff: His voice. It just doesn't sound as engaging as his old voice. There's not as much emotion in it anymore. It almost seems as if he's trying to sound more mature and not as weepy as in the old days. I cannot imagine him singing "Today" or "33" with his new voice and making the songs work as well as with his old voice. And one more thing: Where the heck does "Oceania" sound like Old School Pumpkins? I expected a heavy album and instead we get 11 songs reminiscent of elevator music. The first two songs rock but the remaining songs are ruined by Billy's lame-ass voice AND the lame melodies reminiscent of ZWAN crap.