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Adore

Smashing Pumpkins Audio CD
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The Smashing Pumpkins were one of the most popular alternative rock bands of the 1990s, mostly thanks to the success of second and third albums Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. At the height of their fame they guest-starred in a memorable episode of The Simpsons.

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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hut/Virgin/EMI
  • ASIN: B000026MAX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. To Sheila
2. Ava Adore
3. Perfect
4. Daphne Descends
5. Once Upon A Time
6. Tear
7. Crestfallen
8. Appels + Oranjes
9. Pug
10. The Tale Of Dusty And Pistol Pete
11. Annie-Dog
12. Shame
13. Behold! The Night Mare
14. For Martha
15. Blank Page
16. 17

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With Adore, Smashing Pumpkins return to the forefront of rock to do a dance with a new partner. Trading white-noise vocals and guitars for caramel crooning and dense synthesizers, frontman Billy Corgan drives bandmates James Iha and D'Arcy to a lush aural plateau. The darkness is still there--evidenced in the techno throb of the single "Ava Adore"--but the Pumpkins also tinker with Lennonesque lullabies ("Behold! The Night Mare"), midtempo electronica ("Appels and Oranjes") and tender calliope music ("Once Upon a Time"). Smartly, Corgan rarely upstages the watery sounds going on behind him; the trademark mid-song blowouts are almost completely absent. Adore will strike your ears and heart in a way you didn't think the Smashing Pumpkins could. --Jason Josephes

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable 16 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Smashing Pumpkins were a band that continually evolved throughout their albums, and their fourth "proper" album is, in my opinion, their finest and most beautiful work. "Adore" may have been panned by the critics, and some fans consider it to be the worst of the band's efforts, admittedly it does take a few listens to really connect with the mood of the album. But once you recognise and appreciate the song's melancholy outlook, the album really enters another level.
"Adore" was recorded without the help of drummer Jimmy Chamberlain, who was asked to leave following his involvement in the death of a Pumpkin's tour musician. He was replaced with a drum machine, and therefore created a totally new sound for the Pumpkins, gone were the powerful, guitar-driven songs that made their previous three albums, and replacing it was far more electronica based music. "Adore" is a very somber album, it was written and recorded during the death of Billy Corgan's mother, and the band were beginning to sober up to the reality of rock and roll, songs such as "Blank Page" and "Annie-Dog" really reflect the bleak mood of the album. The two singles released off the album don't really show off the it's deflated feel, both "Ava Adore" and "Perfect" are fantastic examples of the Pumpkin's work, but they sound slightly disconnected with the rest of the album. The electronica influence really shines through tracks such as "Appels + Oranjes" and "Behold! The Nightmare", whilst more tender, intimate moments are reflected in "To Sheila" and "For Martha", an epic track which only the most ardent philistein can fail to fall in love with. The album ends with the mysterious "17", a strange seventeen-second long track which is slightly baffling, what it is meant to mean or reflect I don't know.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer poetry 3 Mar 2004
By JS
Format:Audio CD
I'll admit that I wasn't sure about Adore at first. It was the second Pumpkins album I bought (after Mellon Collie) and I was expecting more of Billy Corgan's own brand of heavy metal. What I got, and what I soon learned to appreciate, is an album of rare beauty. Some of the lyrics (most to be honest) are as good as the work of any conventional poet - "I faced the fathoms in your deep, withstood the suitors' quiet siege, tore downs the heavens just to please you, to hold the flower I can't keep" is a perfect example.
The songs range from the almost sinister Ava Adore (watch with the video for full impact), to the dark, grief stricken Tear and Blank Page - one of the most haunting songs I've ever heard. Songs such as Perfect and Appels + Oranjes add just enough catchy pop to what is a lengthy, though not overly so, album. Other highlights include Behold! The Night Mare (see lyrics above) and the reverb drenched and downright scary Shame.
As a whole, Adore is a mixture of electronica and subtle acoustic tracks, with occasional moments of angry distortion. Jimmy Chamberlain's absence is noticable, but not necessarily detrimental (though he is one of the greatest drummers around!) and Billy Corgan's voice is noticeably better in comparison to earlier albums. It was always going to be hard to follow Mellon Collie, but Adore succeeds, both in sounding nothing like its predecessor, but also attaining the same heights. One of the best, and most underrated, alternative rock albums of the 90s, any fan of the genre should own Adore.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappreciated 27 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
They'd been around for years and the pumpkins released they're fith album, it came out and was a superb album, although there are a few songs that i dont like as much as the rest, though they are good songs. When the album came out it did not do well, despite the critics love of the album, the pumpkins appealed to a wider audience with this album than people who wished to bang there heads against brick walls, dont get me wrong i like moshing too, but I dont want to do it all the time. In this album Billy opens his heart, pours his soul all over the CD in the lyrics and the music, its a sensitive, mellow and in places, a sad album, and fits perfectly that time in Billy's life and what he was going through.
I guess this album brings the moment of truth to whats in the listeners heart, does he much like many wanabe moshas just want something to bang his head along to, or does he have a heart? I dont see how if you have a heart you can dislike this album, it is very powerful and it is very touching, and it does reflect the quiet songs on mellon collie, with just as much(if not more) feeling. I do feel if your a pumpkins fan , you should like the quiet and the loud songs, so if you do, then buy this, if you dont, then go elsewhere.
Adam
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't understand why people don't like this 11 Mar 2002
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Format:Audio CD
I know that a lot of people don't like it, but for me I can listen to the whole album without skipping any tracks. For people who don't like this you can bet they were the ones who hated the twilight to starlight on the mellon collie cd. Personally I love it and I would even go as far as to say it is my favourite of all their albums. Billy's voice was brought to the forefront this time and not hidden behind the loud guitars. I don't mind that Jimmy Chamberlain was absent because instead of loud, heavy pumpkins we were treated to the beautiful, emotional side of them. This album is perfect and my favourite tracks are Daphne Descends, Crestfallen, Shame, Behold the night mare and my favourite song of all, For Martha. For the people who absolutely hated this, you were obviously only interested in the singles the band made, and i would suggest you didn't waste your time explainging how narrow-minded you are by disliking this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart touching.
I bought this album for my 19 year old son and ended up loving it myself. Although Billy Corgan doesn't have the greatest of vocals some how his lyrics just blend magically with... Read more
Published 6 months ago by laurie
3.0 out of 5 stars Loses direction
This is really a prime example of how an album could have been so much better, brilliant even, if it had been shortened considerably. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Torben Madsen
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
I think this is the best cd from The Smashing Pumpkins. Theres no doubt about it. I would never say that cd without their drummer would be their best. Read more
Published 17 months ago by guzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Not experimental, it's a masterpiece.
I remember buying this album on the day it was released in 1998. I went to my local record store, went home and put the CD in the stereo. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2011 by Sati
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely my favourite Pumpkins album.
The Smashing Pumpkins have so many great albums, but here's how I look at it. "Gish" was a smashing debut from a band at their purest, with raw production and sheer originality. Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2011 by N Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have Album
Can't be bothered writing a review but if you had to take 20 albums away on an island, this would always be one of them.
Published on 17 Nov 2008 by Snnexus6
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, electronic follow up to Mellon Collie and the Infinite...
This is a strange album, and as a result of that strangeness I'm not entirely sure if it will still appeal to new listeners, or whether it really is just a throwback to the end of... Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2008 by Jonathan James Romley
5.0 out of 5 stars Adoring Comfort
After the phenomenal success of "Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness"

the Pumpkins returned in 1998 with this fantastic record "Adore". Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2007 by Phill
4.0 out of 5 stars J'Adore
"Twilight fades/through blistered Avalon," is the ethereally dismal line that opens "Adore"'s first song, and sets the mood for the Smashing Pumpkins' quietest album,... Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2006 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars adore- this !!
a quiet grower- like all the best albums-
play it once and - zilch
BUT slowly and surely- IT GROWS....
INTO AN IMMENSE ALBUM !!!!
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL-- !!
Published on 8 Dec 2005
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