- Ogilala

William Patrick Corgan - Ogilala
CRITIC SCORE
69
Based on 8 reviews
2017 Rank: #441 / 581
USER SCORE
63
Based on
3 ratings

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80
No Ripcord

Ogilala is anything but musically overwrought, and the melodies do keep a haunting quality that elevates his distinct quivering voice. It could never quite redeem Corgan’s complicated public awareness, as he’s equally adored and loathed with great passion, but you still get the impression that it’s the first time in years where he’s truly pursuing his artistic muse without placing any importance on commercial supremacy.

80
DIY
Much of his recent work remains underrated, but by ‘Monuments…’, he was beginning to sound a little short on ideas; happily, the simplicity of ‘Ogilala’ seems as if it’s rejuvenated him.
70
AllMusic
No matter the setting, Corgan peddles heartfelt prog rock and here, when his songs are shorn of solos and kept at a human scale, his imagination feels immediate and bracing -- and also a natural way for this once angry young man to ease into middle age.
70
Clash
‘Ogilala’ is nothing particularly new or revolutionary for fans, more a strong reminder that there’s a reason why Corgan managed to shift millions of units with his brand of moody rock.
67
Consequence of Sound

His voice has always been idiosyncratic — no one sings like Corgan, not even his imitators — but on Ogilala, he learns to use it as an instrument in its own right.

65
The 405

Ogilala lives and dies by the strength of its songwriting, and while there’s nothing here that even sniffs at the coattails of Corgan’s best work, it is probably the most consistent and least offensively pretentious album he’s put out in, well, nineteen years.

58
A.V. Club

No matter what he does to it, that voice is still unmistakably Billy, and while Ogilala gives it some genuine moments of quietly affecting beauty, after 11 beatless tracks laden with burdensome titles (“Amarinthe,” “Antietam,” “Shiloh,” “Half-Life Of An Autodidact”), yet light on memorable melodies or any lyrics that match the frankness of the setting, by album’s end, you long to hear it over a wall of guitars again.

Oct 15, 2017
PJ_0707
67
Ogilala won't do much to recapture past glory for Corgan, but its the first record in a while that sounds like he just wanted to make something without worrying about its reception. The ambitious concepts and style of his work under The Pumpkins moniker are replaced by simple unadorned and breezy songs. It's refreshing in one sense, but it's a bit flat unfortunately. Here and there he captures some magic with a bit of lyrical genius or a nice arrangement but these eleven songs can sound a bit ... read more
Oct 14, 2017
Br
NR
Just retire William, please...
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October 13, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Martha's Music / Label
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Track List
  1. Zowie
  2. Processional
  3. The Spaniards
  4. Aeronaut
  5. The Long Goodbye
  6. Half-Life of an Autodidact
  7. Amarinthe
  8. Antietam
  9. Mandarynne
  10. Shiloh
  11. Archer
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Added on: August 22, 2017