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.

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978.
My top five live shows ever are:

1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome.

2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours.
3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 – The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked!
4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live.
5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.