The Smashing Pumpkins

While casually sipping at a glass of Chateau La Boite 1942 (as anyone with taste knows, a benevolent time for grapes in the La Boite region of France), I experienced a nigh religious epiphany.

I was perusing the latest release by The Smashing Pumpkins—a compilation of the estimable combo’s best compositions—and I realized in an instant the futility of human endeavors. As if a thousand blue waterfalls had, of a sudden, been unleashed into the room, such was the liquid sonic downpour suggested by the band’s use of crescendo and its trance-inducing oblique note patterns.

Between such noteworthy tunes as “Siva,” “Bullet with Butterfly Wings,” “Zero,” and many more, those brief seconds afforded me the type of dark reflection usually restricted to a reading of Henrí Verdure’s epochal masterpiece, La Rue Noir du Non Revoir.

Yeah, right. (Sorry; I’ve been reading too much Lovecraft!)

This is a pretty good collection of tunes from “alternative” rockers The Smashing Pumpkins. What’s even cooler is that, if you hit the record stores now, you can grab the newly deleted double-disc version of this, the second CD featuring rarities from throughout the group’s career. Vit, vit!