A laughably fanboy-ish review of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness on Pitchfork. I mean:
The ubiquity of the five songs that became singles overshadows just how idiosyncratic and distinct they were in the scope of 1995. Has there been anything like "Tonight, Tonight" since? Orchestral strings typically signify weepy balladry or compositional pretension in rock music, not wonderful, lovestruck propulsion.
Is there anything to this other than the author's instance that it's not so? The song is intended to be ballad-y, and if there's any one word appropriately associated with Billy Corgan it's "pretension." Perhaps the strings are supposed to be a demure addition to the song, not intended to highlight its grandiose characteristics? Do the string charts do anything at all different than any other set of string charts in a rock song? It's a great, great song, but let's not kid ourselves.

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