Monuments to an Elegy

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Monuments to an Elegy
Monuments to an Elegy album cover from Smashing Pumpkins.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 9, 2014
Studio sessions
LabelMartha's Music
ProducerBilly Corgan, Howard Willing, Jeff Schroeder
The Smashing Pumpkins chronology
Monuments to an Elegy
Shiny and Oh So Bright - Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.
Singles from Monuments to an Elegy
  1. "Being Beige"
    Released: October 20, 2014
  2. "One and All"
    Released: November 5, 2014
  3. "Drum + Fife"
    Released: November 20, 2014
  4. "Run2me"
    Released: October 23, 2015

Monuments to an Elegy is the ninth studio album by The Smashing Pumpkins,[4] first released in Europe on December 5, 2014 and in the US on December 9. Band leader Billy Corgan has noted that—similar to the band's previous release, Oceania—the album was the final part of the project Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, due to cancellation of the project in 2018 by Corgan.[5] The album received generally positive reviews from music critics, peaking at number 33 in the U.S. and number 59 in the U.K.

The album cover is an image of a bronze lion statue outside the Art Institute of Chicago, photographed by Billy Corgan.[6]

Background[edit | edit source]

On March 25, 2014, the band announced that they had signed a record deal with record label BMG. The band's next two albums would be part of the deal: Monuments to an Elegy and Day for Night.[7]

On April 29, The Smashing Pumpkins' frontman Billy Corgan stated that the band had chosen the top songs for the album, and that they would be spending the following three days on drum tracking, vocal arrangements, lyrics and tweaking of the songs.[8] Corgan described the album's planned sound as being "guitars, guitars, guitars, and more guitars; but more so on the epic side of things than say, grossly metallic."[9]

By this time, Corgan and Jeff Schroeder were the only two official members of the band, with Mike Byrne and Nicole Fiorentino no longer working with the group in any capacity.[5][10][11] During the May 2014 studio sessions, Corgan told Schroeder "we really need to get someone like Tommy to play on this song" (referring to "One and All"[12]), and Schroeder simply replied "well, why don’t we reach out to him?"[13] On May 7, it was announced that Tommy Lee, founding member of Mötley Crüe, would be playing drums on all nine of the album's tracks.[14]

On July 21, Billy Corgan indicated that recording on Monuments to an Elegy had finished.[15] Mixing for the album commenced on August 18.[16] The album's final release date was announced as December 9.[5]

To the suggestion that Monuments… is "a very Smashing Pumpkins-like album", Corgan responded, "I think people are hearing an emotional quality that reminds them of something in the past. By extension, they assume I'm trying to get back there. But the truth is the opposite – I stopped trying to avoid it. I went off to have this Hermann Hesse-style spiritual journey through different sounds and subcultures. And then I came home, and allowed myself to make the music I might naturally make."[17]

Release and promotion[edit | edit source]

The album's first single, "Being Beige", was premiered on SoundCloud on October 20.[18][19] On November 4, it was revealed that the album's next single would be "One and All", and that it would be released on November 5.[20]

On November 17, it was announced that, by preordering the album through participating record stores, you can get a free Monuments to an Elegy sampler, which includes the two previously released singles and the as-of-yet not released "Tiberius".[21] Later that day, "Tiberius" was premiered on Vice.[22]

On November 20, it was announced that the album's next single would be "Drum + Fife", which was released on November 21.[23][24]

On December 2, one week before the physical release, the album was made available for full streaming on iTunes Radio.[25]

The band toured in support of the album starting on November 26, with Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk filling in on drums and The Killers' Mark Stoermer filling in on bass,[26] although Corgan indicated that Wilk and Stoermer would only play at a select set of early shows in their tour.[27]

The band promoted the album on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on December 10, 2014. They played lead single "Being Beige".[28]

Reception[edit | edit source]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[29]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[30]
Classic Rock8/10 stars[31]
Consequence of SoundB–[32]
DIY4/5 stars[33]
The Guardian3/5 stars[34]

The album earned generally positive reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, it holds an average score of 70 out of 100, which indicates "generally favorable", based on 31 reviews.[36]

"Nine ass-booting pop metal bullets with SR-71 Blackbird wings," marvelled Classic Rock. DIY stated the album " certainly the easiest Pumpkins record to listen to since their original reformation in 2006. It acts as something of a midpoint in sound between Siamese Dream and 2003's Zwan album, Mary Star of the Sea."[33] Rolling Stone's Kory Grow described it as a "deep dive into synth pop", and "a surprise" yet authentic because of "Corgan's characteristically acid vocals".

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All tracks are written by Billy Corgan.
2."Being Beige"3:39
4."One and All"3:44
6."Drum + Fife"3:54
Total length:32:35

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country External sites
December 5, 2014 BMG • Martha's Music 81012450-2 CD Europe Discogs MusicBrainz [1]
December 9, 2014 BMG • Martha's Music 81012450-2 CD US Discogs MusicBrainz [1]
December 5, 2014 BMG • Martha's Music 81012276-1 12" Europe Discogs MusicBrainz [1]
December 9, 2014 BMG • Martha's Music 81012276-1 12" US Discogs [1]
December 9, 2014 BMG • Martha's Music 81012276-1 12" (lime green) US Discogs [1]
More releases: DiscogsMusicBrainz

Personnel[edit | edit source]

The Smashing Pumpkins[edit | edit source]

Additional musicians[edit | edit source]

  • Tommy Lee  – drums
  • Sstaria (Sheri Shaw) – backing vocals on "Anaise!"

Production[edit | edit source]

  • David Bottrill  – mixing
  • Nikola Dokic  – engineer
  • Smiley Sean  – engineer
  • Howie Weinberg  – mastering
  • Sam Wiewel  – engineer
  • Howard Willing  – production

Charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (2014) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[37] 55
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[38] 136
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[39] 142
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[40] 94
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[41] 62
Italian Albums (FIMI)[42] 95
Irish Albums (IRMA)[43] 83
Swiss Albums (Swiss Hitparade)[44] 33
UK Albums (OCC)[45] 59
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[46] 3
US Billboard 200[47] 33
US Rock (Billboard)[48] 5
US Alternative Albums (Billboard)[49] 2
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[50] 2

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