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New Reviews: Smashing Pumpkins Reissue Breakthrough 'Siamese Dream'

Also: Stream new music by Will.i.am, Gorillaz and Tennis

November 29, 2011 9:30 AM ET
Smashing Pumpkins, 'Siamese Dream'
Smashing Pumpkins, 'Siamese Dream'

In this week's slate of Rolling Stone reviews, Nick Catucci praises the reissue of the Smashing Pumpkins' breakthrough Siamese Dream, on which Billy Corgan "brought an auteur's sensibility to Nineties alternative rock." Also, Jon Dolan says the new Gorillaz singles collection makes a strong argument that they are the "greatest British hip-hop act ever," and Simon Vozick-Levinson says that Will.i.am's new single "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)" is "perfunctory," though Mick Jagger's guest verse is a "kitschy delight."

ALBUMS

Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream (Reissue) (stream one song)

Gorillaz - The Singles Collection: 2001-2011 (stream one song)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Kiss My Amps Live

SONGS

Tennis "Origins" (stream)

Will.i.am featuring Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)"

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