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 26 reviews
2018 Ratings: #755 / 829
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Based on 132 ratings
2018 Ratings: #1136
November 16, 2018 / Release Date
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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.

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
Billy Corgan really can't catch a break, it's his own fault though. Even with the return of Jimmy Chamberlain and James Iha, this newest release is another entry is his long series of mediocre albums since 2007. There are moments here that attempt to regain the glory of past Pumpkins' success, although they fall rather short. Silvery Sometimes is the closest song to come toward a successful comeback, too bad it sounds like some sort of 1979 rehash. The lyrics throughout these eight songs fall ... read more
The first volume of Shiny and Oh So Bright is the closest we have been to the original Pumpkins line-up in a long time however, does it sound like that golden age of Pumpkins material? Well kinda but not really. By all means this album is a good album but not really up to the standard these guys set over 20 years ago now. This record feels like the group trying to capture the magic of Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness in a short 30 minutes. "Knights of Malta" is a rock orchestral ... read more
I'm actually quite pleasantly surprised, thank god this was nowhere as bad as I was expecting it to be.
sure, there's a couple of moments when this dude Corgan is a lil cheesy and the songs feel a little lazy, but overall it's a quite ok ep.
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Track List

  1. Knights of Malta
  2. Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)
  3. Travels
  4. Solara
  5. Alienation
  6. Marchin' On
  7. With Sympathy
  8. Seek and You Shall Destroy
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Added on: September 14, 2018