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With the Pumpkins smashed once and for all, Billy Corgan sets sail for new waters on this free-ranging disc -- and ends up making some mighty interesting discoveries. Zwan's basic sound doesn't diverge all that much from that of the Pumpkins, with the emphasis squarely on guitars that ring, squeal, and radiate shimmering waves of color, particularly on "Baby, Let's Rock" and "Yeah," both of which resonate with the sort of wistful rock nostalgia that marked "1977." What's new is the tonal palette, however, since Corgan is flanked by a pair of guitarists who take off in opposite directions before converging on each song's core: Between the angular strumming of Matt ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
With the Pumpkins smashed once and for all, Billy Corgan sets sail for new waters on this free-ranging disc -- and ends up making some mighty interesting discoveries. Zwan's basic sound doesn't diverge all that much from that of the Pumpkins, with the emphasis squarely on guitars that ring, squeal, and radiate shimmering waves of color, particularly on "Baby, Let's Rock" and "Yeah," both of which resonate with the sort of wistful rock nostalgia that marked "1977." What's new is the tonal palette, however, since Corgan is flanked by a pair of guitarists who take off in opposite directions before converging on each song's core: Between the angular strumming of Matt Sweeney formerly of Chavez and the pointillist interjections of Dave Pajo the guitar guru whose work in Slint launched a thousand indie bands, Corgan wails soulfully, even subtly, nicely abetted by the sweet vocal backing of bassist Paz Lechantin of A Perfect Circle. Where Corgan used to bemoan things lost, he now sounds like a man intent on praising things found: faith, happiness, and even, seemingly, a profound sense of spirituality. That last element is most evident on a 15-minute medley comprising the album's densely layered title track and an emotion-drenched take on the traditional spiritual "Jesus, I Have Taken Up My Cross" during which Corgan intones the word "reborn" like a mantra and sings enthusiastically that "God and Heaven are all my own". There's more corporeal contentment as well, as heard in the blissed-out "Honestly" and the country-flavored album closer "Come with Me." Those who pine for Billy's days of whine and neuroses won't walk away totally empty-handed, though, since the spare, glacially paced "Of a Broken Heart" makes the possibility of death-by-divorce sound eerily plausible. As sonically daunting as most of Corgan's previous work, Mary, Star of the Sea spends at least as much energy in laying bare the singer's heart, and for Billy Corgan, it's a surprising and gratifying evolution.
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It was generally acknowledged that Billy Corgan wasn't just the heart of Smashing Pumpkins, he was their architect, their musical director, and dictator, responsible for every sonic detail of their records and sometimes creating it all on his own. So, when he ended the band in 2000, it seemed a little baffling because he could have carried on with the group forever, since it was his band, and he was responsible for not just their densely layered sound, but also for how the Pumpkins painted themselves into a dark, murky corner with their final album, MACHINA. Remarkably, by breaking up the band, Corgan revitalized himself with Zwan, a supergroup conglomerate that functions more like a band than Smashing Pumpkins, as their superb debut, Mary Star of the Sea, illustrates. Usually, a supergroup winds up as a lumbering, ad-hoc creation that never sounds as good as it reads on paper, but Zwan clicks, partially because Corgan lets his bandmates function as equal partners. As well they should -- by cherry-picking guitarist David Pajo from Slint, guitarist Matt Sweeney from Chavez, and bassist Paz Lenchantin from A Perfect Circle, while retaining Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, he's assembled a nimble, muscular, adventurous group who don't flash their virtuosity, but can take his musical ideas further than his past group. And, yes, Zwan does recall Smashing Pumpkins, primarily because Corgan's voice and his favored method of layering guitars is so distinctive, but he has never sounded this bright, colorful, or free; he has never sounded like he's having so much fun making music. This joyful spirit surges throughout Mary Star of the Sea, even during its many intricate instrumental sections, and it's hard not to get swept up in the momentum, especially since it's married to his best set of songs since Siamese Dream. More than any album since that, it suggests the expansiveness of Corgan's musical vision Mellon Collie sometimes sagged in its messiness, but there's a generosity here never heard in the Pumpkins, something that comes both from Corgan's writing and his interaction with his new band, which makes Mary Star of the Sea
Spin Magazine - Chuck Klosterman
[Corgan] has more ambition than Ayn Rand, and ambition goes a long way. (8)
Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
Mary Star of the Sea has a sharp zestiness and power that have been missing from Corgan's work for some time. The three guitarists shred and wail as if in tribute to old Boston records; the rhythm section has the dark, driving buzz of vintage new wave. (A-)

[Corgan] has more ambition than Ayn Rand, and ambition goes a long way. (8)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/28/2003
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624842521
  • Catalog Number: 48425

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lyric (3:17)
  2. 2 Settle Down (5:25)
  3. 3 Declarations of Faith (4:17)
  4. 4 Honestly (3:45)
  5. 5 El Sol (3:38)
  6. 6 Of a Broken Heart (3:54)
  7. 7 Ride a Black Swan (4:53)
  8. 8 Heartsong (3:08)
  9. 9 Endless Summer (4:22)
  10. 10 Baby Let's Rock! (3:41)
  11. 11 Yeah! (3:06)
  12. 12 Desire (4:14)
  13. 13 Jesus, I/Mary Star of the Sea (14:04)
  14. 14 Come With Me (4:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My Life and Times
  2. 2 Rivers We Can't Cross
  3. 3 Mary Star of the Sea
  4. 4 Love Lies in Ruin
  5. 5 For Your Love
  6. 6 Down, Down, Down
  7. 7 A New Poetry
  8. 8 W.P.
  9. 9 Jesus, I
  10. 10 God's Gonna Set This World on Fire
  11. 11 To Love You
  12. 12 Consumed
  13. 13 My Life and Times
  14. 14 Danger Boy
  15. 15 Spilled Milk
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Zwan Primary Artist
Jimmy Chamberlin Drums
Tim Harrington Guitar
Matt Sweeney Guitar, Vocals
David Pajo Guitar
Paz Lenchantin Bass, Vocals
Ana Lenchantin Cello
Technical Credits
Billy Corgan Producer
Bjorn Thorsrud Producer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
David Russo Graphic Design
David May Producer
Ron Lowe Engineer
Roger Lian Digital Editing
Jim Atkins Authoring
Greg Norman Engineer
Rob Bochnik Engineer
Mathieu Lejeune Engineer
Raena Winscott Graphic Design
Lester Cohn Director, Video Director
Penny Marciano Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The incarnations of Zwan

    This album is the freshest, most exciting thing I have heard since the Red Hot Chili Peppers produced By The Way. Billy Corgan brings along all that is best about how he makes music, but he does it with a truly superb group of artists. Jimmy on drums blew my mind. I am still not sure how he does it, and I am a drummer. Move over Neal Peart, you've been out done. Period. The whole album is a winner. This is not one of those "I hope it has a least a few good songs so I don't feel cheated." records. I cannot heap enough praise. I hope there will be more incarnations of Zwan.

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