A perfect example of this is "Violet Rays." This has a beautiful, haunting melody. However, the almost minute-long synth intro forced me to skip the song the first few times. Turns out there is a powerful song in there.
It becomes a distraction. I think a piano would have sounded beautiful. But, the keyboards sound to me like they were played on a Casio. Seriously. Other than that, it is a very solid album with awesome bombastic rock, and some beautiful meandering pieces that remind you of the best stuff from Mellon Collie....
If you Google Billy or search him on YouTube, you will find at least as many interviews where he puts his foot in his mouth as you will musical performances. Most recently, he said Radiohead is overrated due to the "pomposity" and "value system" that says they're more valuable in the music world than Deep Purple. Skip those, and watch any performance where he has an acoustic guitar in his hands, such as this amazing track from several years back called "99 Floors". It is the best thing I have heard the Pumpkins do in 15 years, yet I don't believe it has been released outside of a bizarre If All Goes Wrong documentary/concert DVD release from a few years ago. You can still find this sweetness and sheer Pumpkin-ness, however, on Oceania's "The Celestials."
The Smashing Pumpkins are back. Billy and company can still make amusing music, for sure. Should you buy Oceania? Yes, if you are a Pumpkins fan. No, if you are not.