The album feels like its own focused piece, and not just 13 different studio tracks, and Oceania very much sees Corgan and company settling into album, not single, territory.
He’s carved out an agreeable adventure with Oceania, and one that any casual or die-hard fan can embrace with true vigor.
With Oceania he’s finally delivered the Smashing Pumpkins album that everybody wanted the first time he decided to revive the name.
Those still left standing by his side will find Oceania to be a fine return to form.
While Corgan feels reinvigorated, utterly convinced that’s he’s finally nailed it this time, the final product doesn’t hold up as an entirely ingenious one.
On the whole it's an album that finally, after a dozen years, shows that there can be a place for the Pumpkins in the 21st century.
The main problem with ‘Oceania’ is that Billy’s big talk about ‘the concept’ is also really quite boring.
The songcraft is back, but the romance is still missing.