The Smashing Pumpkins - CYR
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2020 Ratings: #739 / 760
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
2020 Ratings: #829
Liked by 2 people
November 27, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Sumerian / Label
Synthpop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Kerrang!

In the moment that Smashing Pumpkins currently find themselves – three-quarters reunioned, confident, dare one even say comfortable – there’s joy to be heard throughout, as they turn over rocks and see what they can find. And, truly, that’s a very traditional Smashing Pumpkins way of doing things.

80
AllMusic
It's another epic statement rife with troubled beauty, presented from a slightly different angle but true to the spirit of longing and restless wonder that has defined the Smashing Pumpkins for over 30 years.
73
Beats Per Minute

For the most part, it’s a Human League-like synth-pop behemoth, rich in evocative, magickal lyricism, and functions as the soundtrack to their animated YouTube series In Ashes. In short: there’s more here than meets the superficial gaze of two eyes.

70
Clash
‘Cyr’ is, of course, far too long and more pretentious than a Met Gala soiree, but the innate contradiction between the essence of The Smashing Pumpkins and the music they have decided to make does keep the listener engaged for much longer than it has any right to.
70
Classic Rock

The mystical imagery of phoenixes, devils and ancient kings trace a through line to the Pumpkins’ roots in the sweeping and epic, while the album’s electro-pop clarity highlights Corgan’s sharpest collection of melodies in some years.

60
NME
Corgan has undoubtedly created the “contemporary record” he so craved; it’s far better than anything Corgan produced when he was running with the Pumpkins name on his own.
60
DIY
With such a hefty run time, it’s difficult to really tap into the heart of ‘Cyr’.
60
The Independent

CYR, their 11th studio album, features original members James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin, who returned to the fold in 2018. Yet even that isn’t enough to reignite a spark that, during their Nineties heyday, earned the band four consecutive platinum albums.

50
Exclaim!
Most of the material just hovers around the same tempo, tone, lyrical style and sound dynamics, robbing the listener of any sort of emotional peaks or valleys that are so important when floating a double album.
40
The Sydney Morning Herald
Once revered for their raw imagination, powerful drumming, and ubiquitous sound, the Pumpkins are now a shadow of their former selves, releasing music into the void just for a cheque.
20
The Arts Desk
Flat and uninspiring tunes follow dreary and unmemorable dirges almost without pause for great swathes of the 70 minutes or so of Smashing Pumpkins’ latest effort.
Sagittarius
NR
i dont know what this album is but i have a new epic porfile pitcure. Comment if you like and think its epic
CLJesse
NR
I've come here to say the Smashing Pumpkins need to retire and that you guys should stream The Signal by Elitimesfour.
MasterCrackfox
47
I think it's commendable that The Smashing Pumpkins have consistently released music over the last thirty years, which is a feat few bands from the 90's have been able to accomplish. At now eleven albums over the course of those thirty years the longest gap they have had in releases was a seven year stint between 2000 and 2007 when they were broken up, and otherwise albums take at most five years to follow up. That dedication and long-term commitment speaks to members like Jimmy Chamberlin and ... read more
nielsensratings
NR
smashing pumpkins more like human excrement
Basic_Garci
25
My cat threw up all over me and my bed fourty minutes ago, causing me to nearly vomit myself. Cleaning that up was more enjoyable than this entire album.
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Track List

  1. The Colour of Love
  2. Confessions of a Dopamine Addict
  3. Cyr
  4. Dulcet in E
  5. Wrath
  6. Ramona
  7. Anno Satana
  8. Birch Grove
  9. Wyttch
  10. Starrcraft
  11. Purple Blood
  12. Save Your Tears
  13. Telegenix
  14. Black Forest, Black Hills
  15. Adrennalynne
  16. Haunted
  17. The Hidden Sun
  18. Schaudenfreud
  19. Tyger, Tyger
  20. Minerva
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Added on: September 18, 2020