The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2012 Ratings: #666 / 946
User Score
Based on 79 ratings
2012 Ratings: #241
June 18, 2012 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Paste

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.

80
Consequence of Sound

He’s carved out an agreeable adventure with Oceania, and one that any casual or die-hard fan can embrace with true vigor.

75
A.V. Club

With Oceania he’s finally delivered the Smashing Pumpkins album that everybody wanted the first time he decided to revive the name. 

72
Beats Per Minute

Those still left standing by his side will find Oceania to be a fine return to form.

70
No Ripcord

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.

70
musicOMH

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.

63
Pitchfork

Oceania suffers a kind of rock-star-dictator airlessness.

60
NME

The main problem with ‘Oceania’ is that Billy’s big talk about ‘the concept’ is also really quite boring.

60
Drowned in Sound

The songcraft is back, but the romance is still missing.

MinatoArisato
65
Oceania was in my opinion the first time things were looking up for Corgan in awhile. their eighth studio album still doesn't stand anywhere near the level of their early works but it sure is a return to form. On Oceania Corgan isn't taking himself so seriously anymore and has instead opted for a more smooth feel good alt rock record. Oceania is possibly the most positive I've heard Corgan on a Pumpkins record which may just be due to his older age or his work on Zwan but if anything it feels ... read more
notbuzzzila
59
I'm bored
rosevean
65
#5 My Love Is Winter
#8 Oceania
#10 The Chimera
#12 Inkless
PJ_0707
64
Oceania is without a doubt the strongest post 2007 reformation that Corgan has released. The songwriting although still guilty of being lyrically benign attempts to convey some sort of emotion. There are a few moments that sound like rehashed Siamese Dream outtakes, mainly from The Chimera to Inkless. Even with these shortcomings, Oceania is rather enjoyable, although it's easy to dismiss. It's the closest Corgan comes to completely breaking free of his past and embracing a future where The ... read more
NR
Albeit it's nothing special, it's a step-up from Zeitgeist.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#39/AllMusic
#43/Consequence of Sound
#48/Rolling Stone

Track List

  1. Quasar 
  2. Panopticon 
  3. The Celestials 
  4. Violet Rays 
  5. My Love Is Winter 
  6. One Diamond, One Heart
  7. Pinwheels 
  8. Oceania 
  9. Pale Horse 
  10. The Chimera 
  11. Glissandra 
  12. Inkless 
  13. Wildflower
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