Rolling Stone (6/11/98, pp.115-116) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...a complete break with the past....dials down the volume to lullaby level....overflows with heartsick valentines. Corgan...sings with an almost androgynous delicacy, sometimes supported by little more than a piano or a guitar..."Entertainment Weekly (6/5/98, pp.78-79) - "...Corgan barely raises his voice to the angsty caterwaul that makes people either love him or hate him, but his voice and lyrics remain unsettled and unsettling. Pretty on the outside, the album is dark and obsessive beneath; let's call it passive-aggressive rock..." - Rating: B+
Q (Magazine) (p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'I Got Your Number' is a sexy, snarling glam rocker, 'Wonder' recalls Smashing Pumpkins at their sunniest..."
CMJ (2/7/00, p.31) - "...one of those albums that never gets boring: Every time you spin it, you'll hear different nuances of sound....[they've] built their sound upon the heavy-with-melody formula patented by alternative rockers Smashing Pumpkins."
Magnet (3-4/98, p.68) - "...It's like SIAMESE DREAM-era Smashing Pumpkins minus the whining, a garage-y Spiritualized or an Americanized My Bloody Valentine..."Option (3-4/98, p.93) - "...If Brian Wilson had grown up with an assortment of pedals for his electric guitar, his PET SOUNDS might have sounded something like this..."
Rolling Stone (2/6/03, pp.59-60) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The second half lurches to life: it's that old Smashing Pumpkins sound, and it sounds even better than you remember it..."Spin (3/03, p.118) - 8 out of 10 - "...Corgan almost always makes his guitar sound like a monolithic classic-rock jukebox, ablaze with neon and dripping blood..."Entertainment Weekly (12/26/03-1/2/04, p.140) - Ranked #6 in Entertainment Weekly's 2003 "Records of the Year"Entertainment Weekly (1/24/03, pp.96-7) - "...MARY STAR OF THE SEA has a sharp zestiness and power that have been missing from Corgan's work for some time..." - Rating: A-Q (01/01/04, p.80) - Ranked #22 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums of 2003" - "[Corgan] bolted a Byrdsian jangle and New Order bass onto the Smashing Pumpkins' goth techno rock and came up with songs full of buoyant optimism."Uncut (3/03, p.95) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The songs keeps one boot in heavy metal but mostly get straight to the point while piling on the hooks and harmonies..."Mojo (Publisher) (3/03, p.102) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...It does mark Corgan's return to form. Pumpkins fans will feel blessed..."
Rolling Stone (p.94) - "[The band] show all that's possible when the California sun shines on indie-rock shoegazers....The Pickups' grandiose rock owes a great deal to its Chicago forebears..."Spin (p.85) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "By turns darkly fuzzy and brightly melodic, CARNAVAS is an auspicious record that manages to evoke a collaboration between Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine."Alternative Press (p.228) - "Always anchored with a friendly hook and sometimes even tender harmonies, CARNAVAS' dark/light tunes explode into a controlled chaos of distortion and white noise."Magnet (p.108) - "Aubert's vocals are paisley-print detachment one moment and howling catharsis the next, while his insistent pop strumming devolves into waves of guitar and keyboard noise."CMJ (p.5) - "This L.A. group takes the forlorn moods, sing-a-long choruses and stretched-out codas of current West Coast indie pop and takes them on a starship space ride."
Rolling Stone (12/1/94, p.124) - 3 Stars - Good- "...doesn't really sound like the compilation of rejects it actually is. In fact, it's better than a lot of albums that bands labored hard to put together...features the Pumpkins' trademark bombastic fuzz barrage..."Spin (11/94, p.93) - Recommended - "...What's best about the record is what's best about preceding Smashing Pumpkins stuff: the cool multitracked Brian May-style guitar bits and the way these bits explode out of lacy, ephemeral sections..."Entertainment Weekly (10/7/94, p.76) - "...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..." - Rating: B+Q (1/95, p.263) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...If this is one chapter's leftovers, who can wait for the next?"Alternative Press (12/94, p.110) - "...PISCES highlights a grinny side to the band which is completely unexpected...these are the playful Pumpkins we know and want to love..."Musician (12/94, p.92) - "...Corgan shows how well the elements that drive the Pumpkins' heavier material (darkness, introspection, celebration) can work in this alternate setting..."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.54) - "[Some songs] were exquisite: the acoustics of Fleetwood Mac cover 'Landslide' and 'Starla''s psychedelia among them."NME (Magazine) (12/24/94, p.23) - Ranked #9 in NME's list of the 10 best compilation albums of 1994.NME (Magazine) (10/29/94, p.47) - 8 - Excellent - "...Most bands would willingly die a hideous death just to make one album half as coherent, half as inventive and half as moving as PISCES ISCARIOT. What a beautiful rip off..."