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Arriving several months before Nirvana's Nevermind, the Smashing Pumpkins' debut album, Gish, which was also produced by Butch Vig, was the first shot of the alternative revolution that transformed the rock & roll landscape of the '90s. While Nirvana was a punk band, the Smashing Pumpkins and guitarist/vocalist Billy Corgan are arena rockers, co-opting their metallic riffs and epic art rock song structures with self-absorbed lyrical confessions. Though Corgan's lyrics fall apart upon close analysis, there's no denying his gift for arrangements. Like Brian May and Jimmy Page, he knows how to layer guitars for maximum effect, whether it's on the pounding, sub-Sabbath rush of "I Am One" or the shimmering, psychedelic dream pop surfaces of "Rhinoceros." Such musical moments like these, as well as the rushing "Siva" and the folky "Daydream," which features D'Arcy on lead vocals, demonstrate the Smashing Pumpkins' potential, but the rest of Gish falls prey to undistinguished songwriting and showy instrumentation.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/29/2011
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 5099967928828
catalogNumber: 79288
Rank: 4865

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Smashing Pumpkins   Primary Artist
Jimmy Chamberlin   Drums,Group Member
Billy Corgan   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
D'Arcy   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
James Iha   Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

Kerry Brown   Reissue Producer
Billy Corgan   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
James Iha   Composer
Butch Vig   Producer
David Wild   Liner Notes
Dennis Wolfe   Reissue Producer
David K. Tedds   Reissue Producer
Noel Waggener   Reissue Design,Layout
Michael Murphy   Reissue Producer
Robert Knapp   Cover Photo

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