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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic Rock
Taken on its own, Machina_The Machines of God is an interesting album with some great moments, e.g. Stand Inside your Love, and some less accessible, even perhaps quite patchy moments; but the album works in its strong focal vision, consistency of sound-scape and sound-effect which, for want of a better word, I would describe as "cosmic". However Machines of God...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amost - But Better Is Out There
All the other reviews here say why this is a great release but it's worth mentioning that this was meant to be a far bigger project.

Well, record companies often do the stupidest things. Billy Corgan wanted this to be a double CD and they said no. Then Billy wanted to release another album called 'Machina II' (also a double) and they said no again...
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven Sent, 28 Feb. 2000
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This review is from: Machina / The Machines Of God (Audio CD)
After the relative commercial failure of 1998's delightful "Adore", The Smashing Pumpkins went back to the drawing board. Welcoming rehabbed drummer Jimmy Chamberlin back into the fold, the band prepared to rock. So it is with their 5th album "MACHINA/the machines of God", that they return with their finest material to date. Encompassing elements of previous albums "Gish", "Siamese Dream", "Mellon Collie" and "Adore", the Pumpkins are back with a bang. From the hard rock of "The Everlasting Gaze", to the almost acoustic, upbeat mellow rocker "Wound", there's something for everyone on this record. The melodic rock of the paen to rock radio "I of the Mourning", the blissful "Age Of Innocence" and the prog rock type behemoth "Glass and the Ghost Children" consolidate the truly great nature of the album. An album accessible to long term fans and newcomers alike, "MACHINA" does not dissapoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album, 16 April 2008
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I was never a big fan of the Smashing Pumpkins until I heard this album. In fact, I still don't lile a lot of their other stuff now. For me this album stands apart - passionate, melodic, heavy and beautiful. The song 'Try' is simply one of the most moving and beautiful songs ever written. The album is a little overlong though - it could have done with 5 fewer tracks to be more concise.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Masterpiece, 7 Nov. 2002
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Chris (Malvern, England) - See all my reviews
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This album is pure genius and possibly the pumpkins best album, and there stunning finish - where as many bands simply dewindle out. The album follows a similar style throughout, but conatins 15 songs, 73minutes and not an off chord, it's not an exciting album but more reflective its highly depressing, but brillant.
For those with the best of; The Everlasting Gaze doesn't really represent the album the songs follow more along the line of inside your love. I would definatly recommend this album.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "For every chemical, you trade a piece of your soul - with no return.", 21 July 2007
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Graeme Wallis (Newcastle, England) - See all my reviews
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Contrary to popular belief, The Smashing Pumpkins have never released a poor album. Even their three outtakes albums, Pisces Iscariot (1994), The Aeroplane Flies High (1996) and MACHINA II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music (2000) stand up favourably against most of their contemporaries' strongest work.

MACHINA however, is deemed by many to be their worst. Not so. The album's opening six tracks surpass even Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness' (1995) as both a demonstration of their versatility and a signal of intent.

From the incendiary opener 'The Everlasting Gaze' mad-genius singer/guitarist/songwriter Billy Corgan and incomparable skinsman Jimmy Chamberlin bulldoze their way through eight of MACHINA's fifteen tracks, dissecting affecting ballads ('Raindrops & Sunshowers' and the breathtaking 'Stand Inside Your Love'), existential threnodies ('Glass & the Ghost Children' and 'The Crying Tree of Mercury') and plaintive odes ('Try, Try, Try' and 'With Every Light').

MACHINA is also deeply conceptual, even when compared to previous albums, with the album's extraordinary artwork and prose conjuring a phantasmic, seemingly post-apocalyptic alternate reality that puts Nine Inch Nails' dystopian Year Zero (2007) concept to shame. The cryptic story of 'Glass and the Machines of God' is more difficult to engage with than Mellon Collie...'s upon cursory inspection, but further investigation into MACHINA's numerous ancilliary forms is rewarding for those keen to determine a fraction of Corgan's apparent psychosis.

The problem many fans have with MACHINA however, lies in its 'wall of sound' production, as opposed to the Pumpkins' infamous, painstaking multitracking of guitar parts. Nevertheless, as with Mellon Collie..., it was proved that the heavier the involvement of second guitarist James Iha in the recording process, the stronger the album sounds. Additionally, Iha also played many of MACHINA's bass parts, following the resignation toward the end of the sessions of original bassist D'arcy Wretzky after a series of confrontations with Corgan.

Whilst considered the Pumpkins' final studio album for close to five years, Corgan and Chamberlin have since returned for the band's sixth album, Zeitgeist. Neither D'arcy, Iha (who Corgan publicly blamed for the band's original dissolution) nor Melissa auf der Maur (who took over bass duties for MACHINA's subsequent live dates) are involved in the new project, with newcomers Jeff Schroeder and Ginger Reyes taking on guitar and bass respectively for the Pumpkins' new live incarnation.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars try try try, 22 Jan. 2006
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EA Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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Legendary rockers the Smashing Pumpkins were winding down by their fifth album, which was sadly their last as well. Instead of the dark electronic sound of their fourth album, "Machina/The Machines of God" goes sort of hard-rock/industrial, full of thunderous bass and dark songwriting. Too bad it was their swan song.
There was some backlash against "Adore," with its more electronic sound, and so Billy Corgon and Co. went back to the hard rock sound of their past albums. You can hear the determination in the dark, explosive "The Everlasting Gaze," which opens the album on a very strong note. Things get a bit less heavy from there on in, but not much.
The Pumpkins were always good at epic songs, and that kicks in with the "Adore" soundalike "Raindrops + Sunshowers," which is a bit like taking mescaline in a haunted house. The album sags on a few heavier songs in the middle, before kicking back into high gear with the songs like bass-rocker "Imploding Voice" and the otherworldly "The Crying Tree Of Mercury."
Don't expect ballads on this album -- "Machina/The Machines of God" relies on fuzz bass and percussion, giving it a complete hard-rock sound. "With Every Light" is the closest thing it has to a ballad or pop song. As a result, "Machina" has a feeling of overhanging gloom'n'doom, especially when you hear Corgan's amguished songwriting. Atmosphere lies heavy on "Machina."
Not that this album is a complete success -- the metal/industrial sound gets dull in songs like "Heavy Metal Machine." Good luck finding an actual melody in that one -- it sounds like a B-side that was kept in. The problem here is that the Pumpkins were at their best when they did different kinds of songs on a given album; when they do only one kind, it sounds... restricted.
Jimmy Chamberlain returned to the band briefly, and his drumming shines through the murky music, as does the excellent basslines of Melissa Auf Der Maur (both have solo bands now), and Corgan's songwriting still carries emotional and verbal weight. He wasn't quite on peak form, but bad Billy Corgan is still pretty good.
The only problem is Corgan's vocals on the heavier songs. Much is said about his singing skills, but here it's hard to even tell. The Pumpkins frontman's voice can't always rise above the music -- Corgan sometimes sounds like he's drowning in his own bass.
The Smashing Pumpkins never made another record after "Machina/The Machines of God," which is a shame. While one of their weaker creations, it's still a moody, atmospheric and deeply saddening album.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just because its different doesnt mean its bad ..., 14 May 2007
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i felt like i had to write this, as anyone reading the other reviews would come away with a slightly negative notion of this album. personally, i think it is perfect - i wouldn't change a song on the album or mess with the order of the songs or anything - it is sheer perfection. songs that are wonderfully dark and menacing are broken up by some slightly more upbeat (yet still quite dark) ones, and as for 'Glass and the Ghost Children' being pretentious and whatever else was said - just no. but, whoever said that also highlighted 'try ...' as a standout tune, which sums them up as an sp's fan i guess. totally against any artistic change. that is the beauty of the pumpkins; every album is different, with a totally different mood and feel to it.

i have been a heavy sp's fan for years, and, although this album took a while to grow on me, it is possibly my favourite now (if such a thing is possible to say) and still gets better with every listen (even though it was released seven years ago). However, if you dont get on with this straight away, check out 'Machina II; the Freinds and Enemies of Modern Music' to help gain perspective on 'Machina'
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated final album, 19 Mar. 2006
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The general consensus seems to be that this album is a disapointment. For me this my favourite Pumkins album - and got me into their earlier stuff.
I just love the intense fuzzy guitars, dark ambience and melancholic songs.
It is quite long, and is, production wise quite samey compared to the eclectic sounds of other pumpkins albums. But that is to it's strength, I mean classic albums (what's going on, achtung baby) have a very continuous sound - like a live performance under studio conditions.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pumpkins sound different yet the same, 16 July 2001
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I think that this is an excellent album from the band. Many REAL pumpkin fans can say that all of there albums are brilliant in their own way. This, their last official release, is a compliment to everything the pumpkins have ever done. The songs on the album seem strange at first but they soon grow on you. Songs such as "I of the morning" and "stand inside your love" are brilliant. Although the album hasnt been so succesfull in the UK it did well in the US and should be given a chance. I think this is one of the bands best peices of work and essential for any Pumpkins fan. This album represents the pumpkins final tour of which the band performed most of these song excellently. Buy it now, you wont be disapointed
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to form for Billy and co., 3 Mar. 2000
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Close, but not quite 1995, 25 May 2000
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I must agree with many of the contributors, this is a good album, and with 'Music' in the poor state it is in at the moment with the saturation of candy sweet pop this is a metaphorical light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Following the terrible 'Adore' and the mass walk away by many genuine Pumpkins fans, at least Billy C has attempted to try and go back to what he excells at, self pitying rock music. The album contains a few Great songs, of which 'This Time' and 'Glass and the ghost children' still stop me in my tracks with their brilliance every time I hear them. But in places there is still reminants of what and where Billy attempted to go with Adore. Many will say music should only evolve, but the pumpkins went too far last time and lost the essence of what they had brilliantly created. Buy this album, it'll make you believe in rock again, but it certainly isnt Mellon Collie or Siamese Dream if that is what you are searching for.
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