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Critics' Reviews

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PopMatters: 

The sort of vocal layering Freddy Mercury would be proud of, chord progressions that convey triumph as often as they do disenchantment, and the use of marimbas and orchestras (and is that a gong in "Pomp and Circumstance"?) all indicate a willingness to go beyond the formula even as they spend most of their time sticking to it like glue.

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80
ROLLING STONE: 

The best thing about Zeitgeist is that Corgan is back to what he does best: hard-rock architecture.

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75
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: 

If you're nostalgic for the '90s, Zeitgeist is like curling up with a warm Marshall stack.

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70
The New York Times: 

The album is surprisingly effective in musical terms: drone-laden and distortion-jacked, it sounds about as tough as anything this band has produced.

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50
Billboard: 

It's still a mess, though an ambitious and grandiose one.

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49
Pitchfork: 

Far more aggressive than any other record in their catalog - perhaps a preemptive response to charges of getting old and mellow. Unfortunately, that leaves the record rather homogenous.

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40
The Guardian: 

If you remember the unconsciously naff hilarity of late-period Suede, you will recognise that there's some fun to be had from Zeitgeist, albeit in small quantities.

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