Mary Star of the Sea cover

Mary Star of the Sea


That Zwan lasted only an album and some tours isn’t in retrospect surprising at all, given Billy Corgan’s reputation in, well, just about everything. But his attempt at creating a new band out of the Smashing Pumpkins’ first collapse leaves a reasonable legacy, thanks to the excellence of bandmates like David Pajo and Matt Sweeney. Even if there’s plenty of the typical Corgan angst brooding away in the corners, there’s almost — just — a lightness of touch on songs like “Honestly.”

Ned Raggett

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