These songs are all my "favorite" tracks and the album flows as if you're listening to this disjointed but still melodic radio station that's playing the soundtrack of Billy Corgan right when the Smashing Pumpkins were taking off into the heady sphere of "rock stars."
I love it, and even though I am a bit disappointed in some places by the heavy-handed mastering, I find that I am loving this remastered edition. To my untrained ears I will tell you that there is a tenderness and softness to the mastering done on my original copy of this album that is in some ways torn asunder.
It's not all a bad thing, however, as the softness that feels removed in some places is replaced by my ability to hear all of the meticulous work and sounds that are dancing just beneath the surface on songs I thought were truly simple.
This new remaster shows me that even when he's not trying to be…Corgan is always layering depths of sound into his albums. I don't think he can help himself, really.
I'm also glad I had the chance to review this album. It made me dig out my original copy and listen obsessively to both versions for quite a while, and there's not much that I enjoy quite so much as letting my own OCD tendencies fly free for a while.
Pisces Iscariot is a great album and is nicely remastered. But some might be irked at the slightly different vibe this master gives to an album they may remember as being a tad more ear friendly in some places – not all remasters need to be loaded up with increased LOUDness, I think. But it is well worth it if you are at all a fan of Corgan and his music.
I'd turn it to at least 7 on this dial that goes to 11.