Wil­liam Pa­trick Cor­gan


Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Albums - han­nah May Kil­roy

Smash­ing Pump­kins main­man’s sec­ond solo flight.

For his sec­ond solo re­lease, Ogi­lala, Billy Cor­gan ap­pears to be at­tempt­ing a rein­ven­tion. While he went as Billy Cor­gan on his first, 2005’s TheFu­tureEm­brace, Ogi­lala is re­leased un­der Wil­liam Pa­trick Cor­gan, and ab­bre­vi­ated to

WPC on the al­bum sleeve. There’s no in­di­ca­tion that it’s the for­mer Smash­ing Pump­kins main­man; there’s no lean­ing on past glo­ries here.

It’s also a stylis­tic U-turn from TheFu­tureEm­brace, which was a multi-lay­ered, shoegazey sonic mash of puls­ing elec­tron­ica and dis­torted gui­tars. Ogi­lala is just Cor­gan, acous­tic gui­tar, piano and strings. The only ob­vi­ous give­away that it’s him is that voice, still in­stantly recog­nis­able more than 30 years later.

Cor­gan has al­ways had a knack for a hooky har­mony, but there are no in­stantly mem­o­rable tunes on Ogi­lala (pro­duced by Rick Ru­bin), and in­stead it’s all grace­ful, acous­tic melodies that blend folk­ish twangs with soft yet stir­ring cin­e­matic strings. His song­writ­ing prow­ess is still ev­i­dent, just pre­sented dif­fer­ently. There’s lit­tle vari­a­tion in sound over the 11 tracks, but buck­et­loads of yearn­ing, wist­ful emo­tion that is el­e­gant and up­lift­ing, with just a touch of sch­maltz.

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