Billy Corgan: The Future Embrace (CD) - £3.25 @ Base.com
Billy Corgan: The Future Embrace (CD) - £3.25 @ Base.com

Billy Corgan: The Future Embrace (CD) - £3.25 @ Base.com

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For fans of Billy Corgan (and the Smashing Pumpkins) this is a true bargain. It's rare to find Billy's solo album for under a tenner!

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'The Future Embrace' is the debut solo album from former Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan frontman Billy Corgan. Produced by Corgan himself and mixed by Alan Moulder, the album containseleven original compositions of acoustic rock. Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin joins Corgan on 'DIA' while the Cure frontman, Robert Smith, sings backing vocals on a cover of the Bee Gee's 'To Love Somebody'.

The past is a foreign country but the new dawn alluded to by the title of Billy Corgan's debut solo album TheFutureEmbrace is actually an overcast day in an Eighties post-punk Britain of raincoats, chimneys, riots and run-down heavy industry. That might not seem like much of a surprise - Smashing Pumpkins were neither cheery, Anglophobic or much given to enjoying luxurious sunny afternoon teas in thatched Devonian hostelries - but while TheFutureEmbrace is very much the inverse of Zwan's lighter but all-too-brief psych-pop caress, Corgan, to his credit, has avoided any back-peddling to the salad days of Smashing Pumpkins' biblical bombast. This is much more subtle, brittle and chilly, the inner rage of yore making way for sceptical deliberation and John Foxx synthetics. Corgan's admiral influences are obvious - the grey wash and wintry equanimity of Bowie's Neukoln phase, the phallanx of distantly shimmering flanged guitars recall The Banshees, the archaic and relentlessly mechanic drum machine summons forth the austerity of early Human League. The Cure's Gothfather Robert Smith stoops forward for an unlikely duet on a cover of Barry Gibb's "To Love Somebody" (Joy Division's "The Eternal" meets David Sylvian's Japan) while Corgan's own "Sorrows (in blue)" suggests he's actually more of a fan of the Bee Gees than his public may care to conceed. Others may sense the spectral presence of Killing Joke (both in "DIA" and in the tense, metropolitan meltdown of "Mina Loy") but while 1981 in England was no laughing matter TheFutureEmbrace at least allows one to reminisce from an extremely safe distance.


1. All Things Change
2. Mina Loy (M.O.H.)
3. The Cameraeye
4. Tolovesomebody
5. A100
6. DIA
7. Now (And Then)
8. I'm Ready
9. Walking Shade
10. Sorrows (In Blue)
11. Pretty, Pretty Star
12. Strayz

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