Well, I've been listening to Zeitgeist AND the Bounustracks that often, that I finally found a way to describe the album.
The first thing which comes up to your mind while listening to Zeitgeist is that the Pumpkins became very hard.
I mean there have been several "breakouts" like XYU or Tales of a scorched earth but here, one heavy song follows the next.
The first silent moment is neverlost which would MAYBE have been a B-Side on Aeroplane or so in their best times, it's definitly a weak song.
Other songs like That's the way don't seem to have an entire melody, indeed it sounds like bad machina outtake (don't get me wrong, I love machina!!!).
But after all the album is not that bad, but the "Pumpkinsfeeling" just came up to me within 2 Songs: At the fast end of united states and while listening to for god and country (that's defenitly the best song on Zeitgeist)!
The Outtakes except Zeitgeist (the song!!!) seem to me like thefutureembrace crap and nothing else!
But I still can't figure out what is missing here...maybe it's the fact that Billy is to old for writing angstfilled and emotional songs, maybe it's the fact that Billy and Jimmy are appearing with 2 strangers which look like puppets which belong to Billy.
And maybe it's the fact that the original Band broke in 2000 because it was supposed to be the end of the Smahing Pumpkins. Zeitgeist sounds like Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin but NOT the Smashing, Progressive and Emotional Pumpkins to my old ears.
They would better have been releasing the album under the artist: BC/JC because that's exactly what it sounds like and nothing else.
Finally, I've got some good music but also the confirmation that the Smashing Pumpkins which lead me through my teenage years really died and were buried in 2000.
(and no best of tour [Where the fuck are all the Gish songs?] by 2 members will bring them back)!
Indeed, I like the Demos of Billy's first Band 'The Marked' much better (and they're on poor quality)!
Thanks for reading!