Supposedly Oceania is part of the 44-track mega-project Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, or whatever. It is also officially the seventh (or ninth, depending on who you ask) album from Billy Corgan’s angsty, grunge peddling Smashing Pumpkins.
It comes as no surprise that Corgan has been trying to make a worthy successor to Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness since 1995. You can’t blame the guy for trying, but Corgan is a victim of his own pomposity. Singing about quasars with a straight face is risky business, but Corgan whole-heartedly believes that listeners are hanging on his every word.
Unfortunately Corgan seems to have forgotten that he was able to unite a generation with simple words like, “Today is the greatest day I’ve ever known”.