Label: Martha's Music / Prospect Park Music
So this may not be the Smashing Pumpkins of the '90s, but Oceania may be one of Billy Corgan's finest works since that fateful decade. The Pumpkins circa 2012 include another furious drummer (Mike Byrne), another female bassist (Nicole Fiorentino) and another Asian-American guitarist (Jeff Schroeder). But the album still has all the Pumpkins hallmarks: quiet-loud bursts, dense dream-prog arrangements and Corgan's angsty introspection transmitted via that nasally wail. Schroeder's scorching guitar is what really makes these songs roar, while sparkling synths add to the celestial bombast.