Mary Star of the Sea (album)

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Mary Star of the Sea
Studio album by Zwan
Released January 28, 2003
Recorded 2002
Genre Alternative rock
Length 65:52
Label Reprise
Billy Corgan chronology
Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music
(2000) Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music2000
Mary Star of the Sea
(2003) Mary Star of the Sea2003
(2005) TheFutureEmbrace2005

Mary Star of the Sea is the only album by American alternative rock band Zwan. It was released on January 28, 2003. "Honestly" and "Lyric" were released as singles.

The album is named both for the Blessed Virgin Mary, from whom bandleader Billy Corgan claimed to find comfort and guidance, and for the Catholic Church in Key West, Florida where he spent time during Zwan's early rehearsals.[1] Seven months after the album's release Corgan announced the band's dissolution, which he attributed to conflicts between the band's members.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Billboard3.5/5 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[6]
Mojo3.5/5 stars[5]
NME4/5 stars[5]
Q4/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[5]
Spin8/10 stars[5]
Uncut4/5 stars[5]

The album received mostly positive reviews. David Browne of Entertainment Weekly named Mary Star of the Sea the sixth best album of 2003.[7] The Alternative Press called the album a "return to form" for Corgan.[8] The album debuted at number 3 in the US, selling 90,000 copies in its first week, but quickly descended the charts, and fell short of the sales of any Smashing Pumpkins album.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Billy Corgan, except where noted.

  1. "Lyric" – 3:17
  2. "Settle Down" (Corgan, Paz Lenchantin) – 5:25
  3. "Declarations of Faith" – 4:17
  4. "Honestly" – 3:45
  5. "El Sol" (Corgan, traditional) – 3:38
  6. "Of a Broken Heart" – 3:54
  7. "Ride a Black Swan" (Corgan, traditional) – 4:53
  8. "Heartsong" – 3:08
  9. "Endless Summer" – 4:22
  10. "Baby Let's Rock!" – 3:41
  11. "Yeah!" – 3:06
  12. "Desire" – 4:14
  13. "Jesus, I"/"Mary Star of the Sea" (Traditional/Zwan) – 14:04
  14. "Come with Me" – 4:01

Deluxe edition[edit]

A deluxe edition of the album was also released, which included a bonus DVD entitled For Your Love, a 40-minute collage of interviews, studio performances, and miscellaneous footage, some of which comes from the aborted Djali Zwan album/film. The songs listed on the DVD are "My Life and Times", "Rivers We Can't Cross", "Mary Star of the Sea", "Love Lies in Ruin", "For Your Love", "Down, Down, Down", "A New Poetry", "W.P.", "Jesus, I", "God's Gonna Set This World on Fire", "To Love You", "Consumed", a different rendition of "My Life and Times", "Danger Boy", and "Spilled Milk", but they are not clips of the full songs.



Additional musicians


  • Bjorn Thorsrud – producer, additional mixing
  • Alan Moulder – mixer
  • Ron Lowe – engineer
  • Manny A. Sanchez – engineer
  • Mathieu LeJeune – engineer
  • Greg Norman – engineer
  • Rob Bochnik – engineer
  • Azuolas Sinkevicius – assistant engineer
  • Lionel Darenne – assistant engineer
  • Mark Twitchell – second assistant engineer
  • Jarod Kluemper – second assistant engineer
  • Russ Arbuthnot – second assistant engineer
  • Tim Harrington – guitar sound re-enforcer
  • Linda Strawberry – assistant to Mr. Thorsrud
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering
  • Roger Lian – digital editing
  • Geoff McFetridge – design

For Your Love DVD personnel

  • Lester Cohn – director
  • Greg Sylvester, Damon Ranger, Lester Cohn, and Brian Churchwell – cameras
  • Tony "Tadpole" Mysliwiec – audio mastering
  • David May – DVD producer
  • Penny Marciano – DVD production director
  • Raena Winscott – DVD graphics coordinator
  • Davi Russo – DVD graphics design
  • Jim Atkins – authoring



Chart (2003) Peak position
US Billboard 200 3[citation needed]
US Top Internet Albums 3[citation needed]
Top Canadian Albums 4[citation needed]
German Albums Chart[10] 17
New Zealand Albums Chart[11] 10


Date Title Chart positions
US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock Canadian Top 40 Singles Germany[12] UK Singles Chart[13]
November 2002 "Honestly" 7[citation needed] 21[citation needed] 17[citation needed] 86 28


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  2. ^ Kot, Greg (April 24, 2005). "Billy Corgan comes clean, starts over". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. Retrieved September 10, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Mary Star of the Sea by Zwan". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Thomas, Stephen (2003-01-28). "Mary Star of the Sea - Zwan". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Critic Reviews for Mary Star of the Sea at Metacritic". Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  6. ^ David Browne (2003-01-24). "Mary Star of the Sea Review | Music Reviews and News". Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  7. ^ "Metacritic: Best Albums of 2003". Metacritic. Retrieved 2007-08-22. 
  8. ^ "Metacritic: Zwan, Mary Star of the Sea". Metacritic. Retrieved 2007-08-22. 
  9. ^ Martens, Todd. "Dixie Chicks Return 'Home' to No. 1". February 5, 2003.
  10. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Zwan / Longplay". (in German). PHONONET GmbH. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  11. ^ "Chartbitz: Wednesday, July 18, 2007". Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  12. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Zwan / Single". (in German). PHONONET GmbH. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  13. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 618. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.