The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2012 Ratings: #665 / 1048
User Score
Based on 119 ratings
2012 Ratings: #220
Liked by 3 people
June 18, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
EMI / Label
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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.

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.

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. 

Beats Per Minute

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

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.


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.

The Smashing Pumpkins are one of those bands that have one or two amazing albums; (in this case, Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie), and they will be compared everything they release afterwards. What makes those two albums great though, is their ambition when it comes to alternative rock, mixing in shoegaze, dream pop, a bit of alt metal, and usually more complex structures than your average 90s mainstream rock band. While the gothic Adore wasn't the most successful, where they lose me is with ... read more
Piss on your grave
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
This album feels big and coherent. I like when some songs go a bit prog but I don't when they use synth, not a big fan of synth when they are used to adding like fake strings or something like that. I also appreciate the fact that Billy is trying to do his thing and not just copy the stuff that he used to make 15-20 years ago. This is easy their best effort since Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
Also listen to the title track, u gotta admit, shit's amazing.
this isn't that bad of an album, but it sure as hell isn't amazing
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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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Added on: March 27, 2012