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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this album delivers a clear message of concern about the state of the country, the world, and our priorities. Some of the lyrics suggest violence, but not explicitly so. This "reunion" album includes only two of the band's original members and is being released in four different formats, each one featuring a different bonus track depending on the retailer. To get all four bonus tracks, you need to buy the 12 original tracks four times.
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What's the story?
As the first Smashing Pumpkins' release since 2000, ZEITGEIST was one of the year's most anticipated albums. The CD's songs express concern about the world and the difficulties of love. The opening tracks \"Doomsday Clock\" and \"7 Shades of Black\" lean toward the former. A little further into the album, \"United States\" prolongs similar messages of despair for almost 10 whopping minutes. An album like this needs an epic moment, but this one seems to meander on forever. Stronger moments kick in on more melodic tracks like \"That's the Way (My Love Is),\" \"Neverlost,\" and \"For God and Country\" -- all of which have more textured vocals and layers.
Is it any good?
Zeitgeist definitely brings the signature Pumpkins sound, with impressive guitar riffs, drumming like there's no tomorrow, and Billy Corgan's distinctive whine -- dripping with angst. Its tracks move easily between ominous messages about the state of the world and more plaintive, melancholy musings on love. While Zeitgeist is no Siamese Dream or Gish, it's a solid album that was worth the wait, and unlikely to disappoint Smashing Pumpkins fans.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about music marketing. Why do you think the album was released in four different formats? Is it a ploy just to make more money? Will hardcore fans run out and buy every edition? Also, this is the first Smashing Pumpkins release in seven years. Does the new album sound similar to their earlier stuff, or is it different? The band has also been a big influence on some newer bands. What other of bands do they sound like?