Out Now: Smashing Pumpkins Unleash Ambitious Double-Album, ‘Cyr’ (Listen/Buy)

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After weeks of heavy promotion and premiering nearly half of a new double-album, Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins have officially released Cyr, a 20-track opus that was unleashed to the masses on Friday.

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The record combines the reunited forces of Corgan, guitarist James Iha, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist Jeff Schroeder, and is the band’s first release since Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. in 2018, which came after the band’s big semi-reunion tour that reconnected Corgan, Iha and Chamberlin after years apart.

Corgan referred to Cyr in a statement as “dystopic folly,” “one soul against the world sort of stuff, set against a backdrop of shifting loyalties and sped up time. To me it stands as both hopeful and dismissive of what is and isn’t possible with faith.”

Smashing Pumpkins are no strangers to grandiose themed double-albums, casting a masterstroke with 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, a stuffed-to-the-brim listening experience featuring 1990s alt/rock staples “Tonight Tonight,” “1979,” “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” and “Zero.”

Given the scope of Cyr, which is a decidedly different sonic adventure than Mellon Collie but still a robust creative statement in its own right, it’s safe to say that Corgan’s creativity burns as brightly as ever.

Listen to Cyr below, via Spotify:

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