Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania (Universal Music Canada)

Despite all his rage, is Billy Corgan still just a rat in a cage? One would be inclined to think so upon listening to Oceania. The fact of the matter is that this isn’t a bad record in spite of the fact that Corgan is the only original Pumpkin remaining from the band’s heyday. Though none of the 13 songs quite match the brilliance heard on the group’s early records, Corgan has returned the band to their roots on Oceania. While not every track is a sizzler, Corgan and crew show they still have plenty of piss in them yet.