The album is a thoughtful compilation, touching upon themes such as loneliness and separation.
Pinwheels begins with flashing sounds, recalling blinking lights, and adding an unexpected dimension to the folkiness of the track. Backup vocals offer a soothing aspect, making it a worthy blend of old and modern.
Panopticon contrasts with its heavy guitar and drums. It conveys a bitter acceptance of life and the declaration of individuality and freedom.
The title track is a whopping nine minutes long, and one of the most musically diverse on the 13-track album. The instrumental start transitions from ethereal-sounding rock to folk song, and then to more heavy guitar riffs and drums.
Pale Horse has an addictive 16-note riff and is more restrained than previous tracks, with poetic lyrics.
The Smashing Pumpkins may have been awol for a few years, but the freshness and diversity on this album proves their enduring worth.