Monuments to an Elegy is the ninth studio album by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, released on December 9, 2014 on Martha’s Music. Band leader Billy Corgan noted that—similar to the band’s previous release, Oceania—the album is part of the 34-track music project, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. It is considered the last part in the series due to cancellation of the project in 2018 by Corgan. This is their second album after 1998’s Adore to not featured the official drummer, their second album after 2007’s Zeitgeist to not featured the official bassist (Corgan taking over the contribution for the album, and continue for their subsequent albums), and their second album also after Zeitgeist to be recorded as a duo (Corgan and guitarist Jeff Schroeder), with drumming contributions from Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee, and being the last album before the return of original guitarist and drummer, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin, respectively in 2018.
The album received generally positive reviews from music critics, but sold poorly compared to the band’s previous albums, peaking at number 33 in the U.S. and number 59 in the U.K., thus making it (at the time) their lowest charting album in both regions since their debut, Gish (1991).