CD Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness [PA]
Not Yet Rated
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, pp.62-62) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Rolling Stone (1/25/96, p.37 & p.41) - Voted Best Album in the 1996 Readers' Poll. Ranked #5 in the 1996 Critics' Poll.
Rolling Stone (11/30/95, p.66) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Although MELLON COLLIE clocks in at more than two hours, it's one of the rare epic rock releases whose bulk is justified in the grooves...even more impressive when you consider that Corgan single-handedly wrote 26 of the songs..."
Spin (12/95, p.117) - 8 - Very Good - "...Billy Corgan has built the asteroid of his dreams....music that rejects standard song shapes in favor of a more ambient, uncontainable sonic narrative....all very lush....[Corgan] sings for the awkward adolescent in all of us, the mad little creature wanting to conquer, destroy, and embrace life all at once..."
Entertainment Weekly (Spring 2000, p.166) - Ranked #7 in EW's "Top 10 albums of the '90s"
Entertainment Weekly (12/29/95-1/5/96, p.131) - Ranked #2 on EW's Top 10 Albums Of 1995.
Entertainment Weekly (10/27/95, pp.88-90) - "...A sprawling sonic carpet that never stops unfurling, its 28 songs careen from ravaged, apocalypse-now metal assaults to glucose-coated ballads. Corgan has stripped away the lacquered sheen of SIAMESE DREAM and replaced it with wild-eyed eclecticism that works..." - Rating: A
Q (10/01, p.81) - Ranked #19 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime"
Q (2/96, p.67) - Included in Q's 50 Best Albums of 1995.
Q (12/95, p.150) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...a mammoth, put-up-or-shut-up confirmation of four people's musicial ability, one man's floodgate songwriting and his penchant for head-in-the-clouds preposterousness..."
Musician (1/96, p.85) - "...stridently all over the place...laughably ambitious, and yet...satisfying throughout....a wealth of distinctly original material....songs that will satisfy fans of SIAMESE DREAM...songs that will satisfy punk rock fans...songs of a new mythology..."
Village Voice (2/20/96) - Ranked #14 in Village Voice's 1995 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.
New York Times (Publisher) (1/6/96, p.C16) - Included on Neil Strauss' list of the Top 10 Albums of `95 - "...a well-crafted, bottom-heavy double album that never lets up..."
NME (Magazine) (12/23-30/95, pp.22-23) - Ranked #38 in NME's `Top 50 Albums Of The Year' for 1995.
NME (Magazine) (10/21/95, p.50) - 8 (out of 10) - "...his magnum opus, a ludicrous, brilliant, bloated blunderbuss of love....you should be grateful that amid the acres of safe, generic stodge of American alternative rock, someone has this kind of rampant, scattershot ambition..."