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- Label: Universal
- ASIN: B00H4M258W
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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Top Customer Reviews
However, "Mellon Collie" did have a lot of songs that I wasn't keen on like "Tonight, Tonight" (Overrated), "Porcelina" and "An Ode To Nothing". Also, as a double album with so many styles floating around it lacked the consistency of "Siamese Dream" or their excellent 4th album "Adore".
Simply put, "Adore" is my favourite Pumpkins album because of it's sheer style and consistency. Corgan's electronically influenced approach on Adore always appealed to me because I am a huge fan of electronic music. None-the-less, the style is certainly no gimmick and the album still offers a number of stripped down, solemn tracks typical of the band's previous albums. What is lacking however, is the band's original sound. Anyone with a purest attitude, would probably rather listen to raw, grunge-influenced albums like "Gish" or "Siamese Dream" which are so different to "Adore".
The Pumpkins were famed for reinvention, although I would argue that their career was successful more because of progression than reinvention.Read more ›
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.
It opens with the lullaby-like "To Sheila," a shimmering little composition. Then Corgan stretches his music to include some symphonic, raw electronica in "Ava Adore," the fast "Appels + Oranjes," and the darkly shimmering "Daphne Descends." The saddening "Once Upon A Time" even sounds whimsical if you don't listen to the words, with that light melody and those bells.
Don't worry, the Pumpkins sound is retained in songs like the guitar-driven "Perfect," the hollow-sounding "Tear," and the balladic "Crestfallen." The second half sounds a little more acoustic and less electronic, with some lingering piano kicking off some of the songs. But lurking in the back is a hint of electronica that seeps in from time to time. One example is the haunting sounds at the back of "For Martha," a wrenching tribute to Corgan's late mother.
"Adore" is one of the most controversial Smashing Pumpkins albums -- rather than merely sticking to what he had already done, Corgan experimented with electronic music and melded it in. But the core of the music is the same -- pain and anger from the losses of life, the struggle with one's emotions, and finally letting go of that pain and anger.
Don't expect the Chemical Brothers in here -- Corgan's take on electronic music is dark, melancholy, almost gothic at times.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My issue is not with the wonderful Smashing Pumpkins whom we adore! It's with the CD we received, which sadly on first playing, discovered has a scratch on the outer edge, meaning... Read morePublished 21 months ago by troy phelps
fantastically dark and soflty sombre in a way other sp albums aren't..
from the warming 'to sheila' to the desperate and lamentful 'blank page' this album demands to be... Read more
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 morePublished on 17 Jan. 2014 by laurie
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 morePublished on 15 April 2013 by Torben Madsen
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 morePublished on 12 Feb. 2013 by guzi