The Smashing Pumpkins - Gish

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The Pumpkins' debut hit the music world at the height of the grunge phenomenon of the early 90s, and exhibited most of the usual characteristics - heavy rock riffs, often reminiscent of Guns N Roses ('Siva,' in particular), thrashing guitars and brooding, self-deprecating lyrics. However, 'Gish' rose above the bulk of the college rock bands, revealing more refined songwriting sensibilities courtesy of Billy Corgan, and presenting astonishingly touching ballads ('Crush'). Clearly much more raw and naive than the band's later work on the accomplished 'Siamese Dream' and the ambitious 'Melon Collie...', this album, nevertheless, set out the Pumpkins' agenda for rock and hinted at what was to come.