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ReleasedNovember 22, 2019
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Cotillions is the third solo album by American musician and The Smashing Pumpkins vocalist Billy Corgan (under the name William Patrick Corgan).[1] It was released digitally on November 22, 2019,[2] with a limited run of physical copies made available in January 2020. The songs on the album were written in 2017 during Thirty Days – a month-long journey Corgan took across America.[3] There was enough material to allow for a 17-track double album.[4]

Corgan has said this album is a "true labor of love" in an Instagram post about Cotillions, expressing his gratitude towards his fans, while also being grateful of living in a "different world", where "an artist can speak directly to you without the filter of mass media shaping your heart and opinions before you've even had a chance to decide whether this music speaks to you."[5]

Leading up to the album's release, Corgan toured Europe in June–July of 2019 playing Cotillions songs (between dates of The Smashing Pumpkins' European tour), followed by his own US tour in November, ending just two days before the release of the album.

The album received generally favorable reviews, with Clash Music calling it a "fascinating concoction",[6] and AllMusic commenting it keeps the "music and emotions direct but also relaxed, and that rigorous stylistic aesthetic makes Cotillions one of his better solo albums."[7] It peaked at #54 on the US Billboard Top Current Albums chart.[8]

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All tracks are written by Billy Corgan.

1."To Scatter One's Own"4:16
2."Hard Times"3:12
4."Fragile, The Spark"2:43
6."Faithless Darlin'"3:01
9."Buffalo Boys"2:55
11."Cri de Coeur"3:56
12."Like Lambs"3:39
Total length:62:05

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country External sites
November 22, 2019 Martha's Music Digital Worldwide MusicBrainz [1]
January 2020 Martha's Music CD US Discogs [1]
January 31, 2020 Martha's Music 2LP US Discogs [1]
January 31, 2020 Martha's Music MM001WPC 2LP Europe Discogs [1]
January 31, 2020 Martha's Music CD Europe Discogs [1]

More releases: DiscogsMusicBrainz

Chart performance[edit | edit source]

Chart (2019) Peak
US Billboard Top Current Albums[8] 75

Additional personnel[edit | edit source]

  • Jeff Schroeder – guitar
  • Katie Cole – vocals
  • Glen Duncan – fiddle, mandolin
  • Paul Franklin – pedal steel guitar
  • Howard Willing – recording, mixing, engineering
  • Pete Lyman – mastering
  • Jenny Farida – photography

Choir[edit | edit source]

  • Kim Fleming – vocals
  • Michelle Prather – vocals
  • Roger Ryan – vocals
  • William Cersle Kenan – vocals

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Billy Corgan Calls New Solo Album 'Cotillions' a "Labor of Love"". November 1, 2019.
  2. "Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan Announces New Album Cotillions". Pitchfork.
  3. "Smashing Pumpkins frontman's solo album is a mixed bag". November 26, 2019. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  4. "Billy Corgan Announces New Double Album COTILLIONS". November 1, 2019.
  5. "WilliamPatrickCorgan on Instagram: "COTILLIONS: NOV 22, this double album, a true labor of love, is available on all digital platforms. All you have to do is pre-subscribe so…"". Instagram.
  6. Hansen, Susan. "William Patrick Corgan - Cottilions, A big, brave project..." Clash Music. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  7. Erlewine, Stephen. "Cotillions – Billy Corgan, William Patrick Corgan". AllMusic. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
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