Release Date: Jun 21, 2005
Record label: Warner Brothers
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative
The former Smashing Pumpkin has long endured a deserved reputation as the most egotistical, whining man in rock. However, maturity and the clipping of Corgan's commercial sails seems to have brought something bearing a resemblance to humility. Following the short-lived experiment with pop sounds in Zwan, the dome-headed one has found solace in the music of his youth.
Billy Corgan sounded happy, relaxed, and refreshed on Mary Star of the Sea, the 2003 debut from his first post-Smashing Pumpkins project, Zwan, which just goes to show that art doesn't always reflect the mindset of the artist. Zwan imploded in a matter of months after the release of Mary, and ever since then Corgan was on mission to let the world know that his time in the band was the worst time of his life, telling the world how perfectly awful and nasty the rest of the group was every time he spoke to reporters. Not only did he purge himself of the band in the press, but he bared his soul in a starkly confessional blog on Myspace, where he revealed more than most needed to know about everything from his childhood to the heyday of the Pumpkins.