It’s been twelve years since Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan released a solo album with 2005’s “The Future Embrace.” The alt rock genius is back with a brand new record “Ogilala” under the moniker William Patrick Corgan. You won’t find distorted guitars or alternative rock riffage here. Instead, Corgan put it all on the table with a vulnerable and passionate performance that is absolutely breathtaking.
Working with acclaimed producer Rick Rubin, the record has Corgan stripped down and naked with his mournful vocals front and center unlike his last solo outing. The result is an intimate showcase that leaves Corgan nowhere to hide with his raw emotions out on display. The opening track “Zowie” is Billy’s tribute to the late, great David Bowie, a hauntingly beautiful song with a fragile vulnerability that is simply exquisite. A lovely string section fills the sounds of “Aeronaut” while “Half-Life of an Autodidact” is a more upbeat folk rocker. Don’t miss the magnificent ballad “Mandarynne” with its poignant melodies and driving piano and strings.
“Ogilala” may just be Corgan’s ultimate masterpiece, an album that is both elegant and evocative and truly divine.