If with "Mellon Collie" the SP's proved that a double-album in the MTV-fuelled 3-minute attention span '90's wasn't necessarily commercial suicide, then with "Adore" they didn't quite win the dare, jarring quite sharply and harmfully between wash-out shallow singles and deep awesome lovely textures.
It comes as a relief then that Billy and co are back on-track despite the problems that have come upon them and still threaten. On first listen, like all SP albums (IMHO) it all seems like a mash of sonics - 3/4th listen in things begin to clarify. Token rockers "The Everlasting Gaze" and "Heavy Metal Machine" (do these sound perhaps a little similar to previous SP rockers "Zero" and "Love" respectively?), hit first, but then slower deeper songs like "The Scared and Profane", "Try Try Try", "This Time" and "I of the Mourning" kick-in and its hard not to be involved. The album slides from overt heavy at the beginning to soft fade-out come the end, yet yields it almost subliminally so that you feel almost a lifetime's emotions passing with each listen. Maybe at the long 73 minute running time some would agree cynically so, but the time is never wasted, Billy saturates the disc with feel. Its almost as if the disc is beating a pulse in your hands. If there are any faults to mention then its only perhaps that the album will not lure anyone so far alien to the Pumpkins cause.
Overall, especially it seems from current interviews with the band, Billy is down and angry again, and as of the past it seems that if pain causes pleasure then this latest slice is something to treasure. Those with a short attention span will not enjoy this, but SP fans and lovers of deep, intelligent, enjoyable 3-dimensional rock will be in Zen.