I have to admit that I was less than enthused at the news of what seems like a premature Smashing Pumpkins reunion, particularly since bassist D’arcy Wretzky won’t be part of the lineup. But the newly unveiled cover art for Zeitgeist, due in July, is truly…smashing. It was designed by graphic artist Shepard Fairey, famous for his Warhol-esque use of simple, solid colors. I can’t remember the last time a cover was enough to get me interested in an album, but this one is a metaphorical smorgasbord, evoking global warming, our country’s drowning civil liberties (in the blood of the fallen, no less), and renewed hope (though Lady Liberty faces southeast, which means that could be a sunset and not a sunrise). Speaking of hope, with any luck the album will be just as bold as its iconic artwork promises.
This blog entry was originally published on Slant Magazine on the date above.