Album review

Smashing Pumpkins - Earphoria

So often recorded to fulfil contracts, live albums seldom catch bands at their best. This, though, collecting tip-top performances from TV shows and gigs between '93 and '94, nails Billy Corgan in his prime—no longer a mewling brat and not yet a pomp-rock Uncle Fester. The band's not quite tight, but that just makes Corgan's and co-guitarist James Iha's unpredictable detonations all the more powerful. Go on, fill your Christmas stocking with ROCK.

Rating: 3 / 10


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Very taken with Africa Express' version of "In C", by Terry Riley, this week. I have a few takes on the piece (50 years old this month, incidentally), the latest being one by Portishead's Adrian Utley from a couple of years back, though I still probably default to what I think is the original...