2017 solo album from Billy Corgan (of Smashing Pumpkins).
As the founding member of The Smashing Pumpkins, William Patrick Corgan has created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy Awards in the process, Billy Corgan capitalised on his attitude of despondency and apathy in the 90s with his outsider-friendly alterna-rock songs. We loved the Pumpkins and delighted he is back with his new solo album.
For Ogilala, he teamed up with legendary producer Rick Rubin to make his most intimate body of work to date. Though Billy doesn't get enough due as a ballad songwriter. Almost two decades ago, songs like ‘Machina’s’ arrestingly anthemic "Stand Inside Your Love" and ‘Adore’s’ whimsical "Once Upon A Time" were signal posts of sorts, that beneath the crunchy fuzz and meticulous production was a gushy bleeding heart.
Corgan's always been ambitious in his songwriting and studio work, and since the Pumpkins' return ten years ago, Corgan has continuously bent the beloved band's sound, often to excessive ends. So a solo album helmed by Rick Rubin, a producer who's made his name by stripping artists down to a singular essence, is at once promising and alarming.
The first single from “Ogilala” says a lot about Rubin's influence. "Aeronaut" is a piano ballad with a string arrangement that borders on the schmaltzy, swelling romance normally reserved for a weepy drama. But for all of its grand gestures, the song itself is unfussy and intimate and, more importantly, Corgan owns the performance with his inimitable voice that few in the '90s would have figured for a romantic lead. Well, except those of us who knew he was just a big softy.