What's even more frightening than Billy Corgan doing lame prog rock? Check out The Future Embrace, our shiny-headed rock poet's attempt to make an arty electro-pop album. That's some scary shit right there. At least with Zwan there were always lots of guitars to help minimize the annoying vocal bits. Here, Corgan's whining is a constant irritant, accompanied by what sounds like shortwave radio static and heaps of ambient hiss over ineptly programmed drum thumping. Forget about the tunes - Billy's all about soundscapes now. Why the Cure's Robert Smith was brought in to help out on a soul-stripped version of the Bee Gees' To Love Somebody is puzzling - the rest of the album proves that Corgan could easily have destroyed it all by himself.
Billy Corgan kicks it at the Carlu July 2.