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Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.

The Smashing Pumpkins - Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.
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Based on 27 reviews
2018 Ratings: #775 / 851
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Based on 167 ratings
2018 Ratings: #758
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That Corgan and whatever company he keeps continue to put out music of such quality after such a long time is astounding, but it's especially great to hear Chamberlin's unmatched drumming and Iha's distinct guitar phrasing bringing out the best in the songs again.


Corgan delivers something unexpected: music that's rich but settled, music that plays to his strengths, music where he seems happy in his own skin.


Rather than a '90s-rock pastiche, the reunited Pumpkins' comeback album is a showcase in artful songcraft.

Consequence of Sound

It might not be the same magic, but something magical is coursing through Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1., hinting at a future we can all embrace — especially Corgan.

The Line of Best Fit

If you weren’t expecting much from this latest attempt at keeping the band alive, you'll be impressed at how revitalised they sound.

Northern Transmissions

With Billy Corgan reining in some of his more eccentric writing and using that in more subtle thematic ways, Smashing Pumpkins have an emotionally potent record. This said, there’s a lot of generic material between the stronger parts of the music that make it hard to come back to.


'Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol 1.' sees these alternative figureheads finding their chemistry once more, whilst opening an intriguing new chapter.

FLOOD Magazine

Overall, there’s nary a bad vibe to found here, despite all the ragin’ and cagin’ promised by the angsty title. Corgan has delivered a reunion album that’s not exactly a triumph, but rather a pleasant experience worth returning to—and that’s a small triumph in itself, so let’s count it.


Beyond the instrumentation and the overall sound of the album relative to the band's past work, Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 is, in the end, engaging with the visionary spirit of Smashing Pumpkins.


No doubt there will be many chomping at the bit to pile on Corgan, but he and his bandmates have made a pretty decent record if by no means a great one.

Slant Magazine

As revived as the classic Pumpkins sound is on Shiny and Oh So Bright, though, the album can’t quite shake the sense of superfluity endemic to reunion projects: There isn’t anything here that the band hasn’t already done before—and better.

Metal Hammer

The album includes a number of the Pumpkins’ calling cards, those expecting Siamese Dream Mk II will likely be disappointed.

Metal Sucks

A lot of the same issues as previous releases, but by far the most listenable thing Corgan has done in years, and that’s probably due to having other people in the room with him this time around.

Loud and Quiet

At just 8 tracks, it’s not the gargantuan 44-track concept Corgan once had in his head, but there’s a feeling of ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’ reimagined, as well as some healthy flashes of the grinding guitars and stadium-sized fills that once made the band an MTV staple.


It’s those earlier, more reflective numbers that are the most successful here, not least because they feel as if he’s picking up where he left off with ‘Ogilala’.

Drowned in Sound

Shiny and Oh So Bright… sadly offers little to further their considerable legend.

Rolling Stone

Save the few fire-breathing dragon moments of Lollapalooza-era churn, it’s the Smashing Pumpkins in name only, and that ice cream truck has long left the gas station.

The 405

With its promise of a second volume (a shaky promise for those who remember the plans for Teargarden by Kaleidyscope), it’s transparently obvious status as a mere collection of songs rather than any kind of unified statement, and Corgan’s intolerably florid and obtuse musings throughout, it is a project that does not bear close scrutiny.


In the annals of ’90s bands that have reunited to thrust a new album into the void where inspiration used to be: Shiny might contain the least imagination, the least personality, the least effort, the least love.

Revisted this after listening to their most recent output, and yeah, compared to that, this is like Mellon Collie 2. Nothing mind-blowing, but this is the best the band has sounded in almost a decade, so I'll take it. Pretty decent release, but not really essential.
Most of the original members returned for this album, and I was hoping that it would have been a sort of comeback. Sadly, this album features some of the most bland and unimaginative songwriting from The Smashing Pumpkins so far, with bunch of tracks in it's short runtime, that only feels partially complete. I can kind of get Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness vibes, at least more so than the last few LPs, but Shiny and Oh So Bright really takes away from what made the band so enjoyable to ... read more
It's fair to say their albums post-comeback have been lukewarm at best, however, none have been as creatively empty and bankrupt as ...brace for it... Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. with its tediously long and intricate title. The band appears to have put more effort into the record's title and the admittedly cool cover art than the music at hand. Complete with astounding overcompression and dull production, the batch of songs present here are among the most ... read more
Fuck what people say, this might sound a bit more generic sometimes but its actually really enjoyable and there is quality songwriting in here, including what I think it's one of the best SP songs, Solara.
I used to really hate the album........until Cyr dropped. So it made me revisit the album to see that it's not completely awful. But simultaneously, this album is fucking generic. I can say with full confidence that Billy has lost his songwriting touch. Maybe since Mellon Collie has the albums starting to decline in quality. Idk, it's like Billy is only making music because at his age, what else is he going to do? It's really soiling the legacy and talent of Corgan and the dark horse band of ... read more
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Added on: September 14, 2018