I just got done listening to the last album shiny and oh so bright. Ive listened to it less than 5 times and I find, like monuments, that there isn't a pressing need for me to listen again. This doenst mean that they aren't good- in fact, every album after Mellon Collie seemed unimpressive to me at the time, but Ive come to love Machina and Adore and Oceana. IDK, I just feel like, more than any other band Ive listened to in my life, the Smashing Pumpkins make music that is transcendent. There is always something in the music that brings music to the next level. The soaring beauty of Siamese Dream, the lust and vigor of Mellon Collie, the speculative industry of Machina... This band has delivered new heights many times. So why am I not impressed with the last two? There are a few good songs, but nothing immediate- emotionally grabbing. Perhaps it is his new writing style? I also don't feel like hes pushing the boundaries of guitar, and a lot of his vocals sound slurred. Yes, he is travelling in a lyrical world that is not immediately accessible to everyone. In his older work, I identified with his songs, in his later ones, not so much. I feel this way about Oceana too, but there is something curiously innovative about that album. I hope that Billy returns to some common ground of emotional connection for his next effort, something that we can all relate to.