Five years ago, on July 10, 2007 Zeitgeist was released (in the United States and Canada). It debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S. and hit the top 10 in Canada (#1), New Zealand (#1), the United Kingdom (#4), Germany (#7), Australia (#7), and other countries. The album was certified gold in February of 2008, and received mixed reviews (like many past Pumpkin’s albums), but according to Billy Corgan, wasn’t listened to. According to Billy,
…people didn’t listen to it. I could tell that people weren’t listening to the album. In the past if you put out an album, people at least knew the first song. We would go out and play “Doomsday Clock” and I could tell that they hadn’t even listened to it. I don’t view it as a gross disappointment. It’s disappointing to me that what I was trying to communicate didn’t get the chance to be communicated.
One reason may be, like all of the Pumpkin’s albums, it was not like anything that proceeded it. The album divided the fan base. Billy admitted,
I know a lot of our fans are puzzled by Zeitgeist. I think they wanted this massive, grandiose work, but you don’t just roll out of bed after seven years without a functioning band and go back to doing that.
The album was harder and more raw in style than previous albums. It was recorded with Jimmy Chamberlin playing drums and Billy Corgan playing everything else. Despite all of the initial negativity surrounding the album, it has grown on fans over the years and is a testament to what two of the most talented people in alternative music (along with Terry Date, Roy Thomas Baker) can make on their own.
The Zeitgeist album was released in multiple special editions (in 6 different colors) with 16 tracks in total.
So if you haven’t listened Zeitgeist in a while, cue it up. And if you don’t own it, pick it up (the CD/DVD Limited Edition Silver is only $8.09 USD on Amazon). It’s under-rated and often misunderstood album. But is it great? That’s up to you to decide. And if you decided in the past, your opinion may change.