CYR

The Smashing Pumpkins

CYR

Eleventh full-length album from the alternative rock band produced by frontman Billy Corgan, and second in the Shiny and Oh So Bright series

ADM rating[?]

5.9

Label
Sumerian
UK Release date
27/11/2020
US Release date
27/11/2020
  1. 8.0 |   All Music

    It's another epic statement rife with troubled beauty, presented from a slightly different angle but true to the spirit of longing and restless wonder that has defined the Smashing Pumpkins for over 30 years
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  2. 8.0 |   Kerrang!

    There’s joy to be heard throughout, as they turn over rocks and see what they can find. And, truly, that’s a very traditional Smashing Pumpkins way of doing things
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  3. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    Given that Corgan is prone towards creativity, the Pumpkins’ profile appears certain to remain as elevated as ever
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  4. 8.0 |   Upset

    NEW The band's raw ambition is back front-and-center
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  5. 7.3 |   Beats Per Minute

    When taken as a whole, Cyr provides the variety and daring nature always inherent to The Smashing Pumpkins, finally resulting in the modern pop album that Corgan has always longed for, while also opening the door for new storytelling possibilities with In Ashes
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  6. 7.0 |   Clash

    ‘Cyr’ is, of course, far too long and more pretentious than a Met Gala soiree, but the innate contradiction between the essence of The Smashing Pumpkins and the music they have decided to make does keep the listener engaged for much longer than it has any right to
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  7. 7.0 |   XS Noize

    When technology plays a minor role and at times and equal role on CYR there are some impressive results. Sadly when technology replaces the ethereal effects of the guitars and drums the poignancy and meaning behind Corgans’s still unnerving and eloquent lyrics don’t always reach their haunting zenith
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  8. 6.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    There are obviously a variety of tracks within this album to suit every mood, however I’m not sure a lengthy 20 tracks is necessary. Nevertheless, if you like The Smashing Pumpkins sound then this is definitely a record to try
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  9. 6.0 |   The Quietus

    It’s a curious mix of a commendable ambition to move forward and a maddening stubbornness preventing that ambition growing past a certain point
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  10. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album vastly improves on its stagnant predecessor, but its 20-song tracklist is invariably bloated
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  11. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Corgan's floatier tunes and chocolate-box lyrics actually suit this sound palette well, but, as so often in pop - and Corgan's - history, a 10-track single LP would've nailed it better. Print edition only

  12. 6.0 |   NME

    Frontman Billy Corgan has been open about his desire to craft a "contemporary" record. He gets his wish – relentlessly – in the band's third decade together
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  13. 6.0 |   DIY

    It’s difficult to really tap into the heart of ‘Cyr’
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  14. 6.0 |   The Independent

    20 songs that alternate between good and dreary
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  15. 6.0 |   Gigwise

    The quest for pop ultimately hobbles Billy Corgan
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  16. 6.0 |   The FT

    The Chicago band turn towards synth-pop, but too many songs just drift by on this 20-track album
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  17. 6.0 |   musicOMH

    CYR may be a good record, but even with its overblown 20-song length it leaves the listener wanting more, given the context of this band’s capabilities
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  18. 5.8 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Billy Corgan delivers a sprawling double album that's as frustrating as it is ambitious
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  19. 5.5 |   Pitchfork

    Billy Corgan reenlists the creative core of James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin for a lengthy synth-pop excursion that is clinically competent and rarely as thrilling—or thrillingly weird—as their previous work
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  20. 5.0 |   Exclaim

    Most of the material just hovers around the same tempo, tone, lyrical style and sound dynamics, robbing the listener of any sort of emotional peaks or valleys that are so important when floating a double album
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  21. 5.0 |   Under The Radar

    CYR is a record that so obviously chasing mainstream appeal yet sabotages itself by being too long a self-indulgence
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  22. 5.0 |   Uncut

    Cyr sounds like an underwhelming misadventure. Print edition only

  23. 4.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Every song follows an identical progression from midtempo verse to homogenous chorus
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  24. 4.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Nostalgia be damned, the band goes full electro-pop on its second reunion album
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  25. 3.8 |   Spectrum Culture

    Billy Corgan pays his bandmembers disservice by forcing them to guest star on another one of his failed solo records. It’s trite, boring, and worst of all, makes no sense
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  26. 2.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Flat and uninspiring tunes follow dreary and unmemorable dirges almost without pause
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