Album Review: 'Pisces Iscariot' Smashing Pumpkins apparently feel that even after only two albums, there's nothing wrong with collecting home recordings, studio outtakes, and "songs never meant to come… Smashing Pumpkins Rock
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Album Review: 'Pisces Iscariot'

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: Smashing Pumpkins; Genre: Rock

Smashing Pumpkins apparently feel that even after only two albums, there's nothing wrong with collecting home recordings, studio outtakes, and ''songs never meant to come out,'' as leader Billy Corgan writes in the liner notes. Actually, these 14 leftovers are pretty revealing. Unplugged moments — like a note-for-note remake of Fleetwood Mac's ballad ''Landslide'' — show Corgan to be a closet wimp. And the electric moments prove alterna-rock is becoming the new psychedelia. Either way, what's fascinating is how the Pumpkins can sound both raw and fussily produced at the same time. For a blatant cash cow, Pisces Iscariot delivers some fine milk. B+

Originally posted Oct 07, 1994 Published in issue #243 Oct 07, 1994 Order article reprints