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William Patrick Corgan


Second solo album from The Smashing Pumpkins frontman William (Billy) Corgan featuring mostly acoustic songs and produced by Rick Rubin

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  1. 8.0 |   DIY

    Much of his recent work remains underrated, but by ‘Monuments…’, he was beginning to sound a little short on ideas; happily, the simplicity of ‘Ogilala’ seems as if it’s rejuvenated him
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  2. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    You still get the impression that it’s the first time in years where he’s truly pursuing his artistic muse without placing any importance on commercial supremacy
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  3. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Pulls off his 'songer' task with enigmatic, starlit aplomb. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   State

    As the American Recordings rebooted, rejuvenated and repackaged Johnny Cash to a wider audience, so should this album achieve the same thing for William Patrick Corgan
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  5. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    You’ve not heard William Patrick Corgan this way before - and if you just let Ogilala do its thing you’ll find a completely pleasant journey that will envelop you happily
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  6. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Will Ogilala become a tiny footnote in Corgan's canon, like Zwan or TheFutureEmbrace? Or, will the understated, but not underwhelming, Ogilala bring awe to a newer, younger audience in the future?
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  7. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Like its author it too is both fascinating, brilliant and unlikeable by turns. An interesting curio in an always-compelling career
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  8. 7.0 |   Clash

    Nothing particularly new or revolutionary for fans, more a strong reminder that there’s a reason why Corgan managed to shift millions of units with his brand of moody rock
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  9. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The still-evolving artist discovers that perhaps sadness isn't so infinite after all
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  10. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    The listener feels pulled in two directions, compelled by the music, occasionally alienated by the lyrics
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  11. 6.5 |   The 405

    While there’s nothing here that even sniffs at the coattails of Corgan’s best work, it is probably the most consistent and least offensively pretentious album he’s put out in, well, nineteen years
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  12. 5.8 |   A.V. Club

    Corgan’s had success in this hushed arena before (“Disarm,” most of Adore), but rarely has so much depended on just his alluringly strained singing
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  13. 5.7 |   Pitchfork

    Ogilala holes up listeners for 40 drumless minutes in close proximity to a voice that even diehards can only tolerate so much of
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