Honestly – Zwan (2003)

Posted: February 18, 2013 in 2003
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Fans of the Smashing Pumpkins fans may have missed what I think is Billy Corgan’s finest hour (actually 3:45) as a songwriter which came during his time in between the original and re-incarnated Smashing Pumpkins. Zwan was an alternative band who managed to keep itself alive for only one release — MARY STAR OF THE SEA in 2003. The five-person lineup included Corgan, original ‘Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain, and former A Perfect Circle member, Paz Lenchantin on bass.

‘Honestly’ was the single from this release and is a perfectly executed song that showcases the best of Corgan’s alternative guitar-rock songwriting. A flanged guitar effect gives the song a cool trippy feel. Chamberlain’s identifiable drumming plugs the songs open spaces with his signature ghost notes on the snare, and driving back-beats. Lenchantin’s female backing vocals provide an excellent accent to Corgans’ unique voice during the chorus lines /”There’s no place I could be without you”/. The mix builds towards the end of the song with a well-placed short guitar solo that captures the songs melodic structure, and repeated energetic chorus. Another one to check out from this release is the opening track ‘Lyric’.

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