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The Future Embrace Import

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  • Audio CD (12 Jan. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warners
  • ASIN: B000B9O9BQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. All Things Change
  2. Mina Loy
  3. Cameraeye, The
  4. Tolovesomebody
  5. A100
  6. Dia
  7. Now
  8. I'm Ready
  9. Walking Shade
  10. Sorrows
  11. Pretty, Pretty Star
  12. Strayz

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Product Description

BILLY CORGAN, one of alternative modern rocks most compelling artists, releases his debut solo album THE FUTURE EMBRACE. THE FUTURE EMBRACE contains 11 CORGAN originals plus a cover of the early Bee Gees classic To Love Somebody, which dovetails with CORGANs own themes of devotion and features Robert Smith of the Cure on backing vocals. Former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin plays on DIA. Its guitardriven and loud, but not aggressive, Corgan tells Rolling Stone. The videos, music and tour will be really new and different. No one will accuse me of sitting on my past.

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By E. A. Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Smashing Pumpkins, that earthshaking rock band of the 1990s, broke up in 2001. Most of the members -- James Iha, James Chamberlin and Melissa Auf Der Maur -- have embarked on solo careers, with varying successes. In the meantime, frontman Billy Corgan put out a book of poetry and started a new band, the sadly short-lived Zwan.

Now Billy Corgan has gone solo for real, with "TheFutureEmbrace," with his usual mixture of self-examination and brooding music. It doesn't exactly forge new territories, but the echoes of the Pumpkins merely enhance the dreamier, softer sound.

"All things change/never rest, never sure/what is worth/fighting on for?" Corgan asks in the dream-rocker "All Things Change," over a bed of buzzing guitars. That dreamy sound continues throughout the album -- sometimes it's laced with synth blips, sometimes with airy distortion.

In fact, "TheFutureEmbrace" might have simply floated away if Corgan hadn't included some grittier songs to ground it. "Mina Loy (M.O.H.)" kicks it off with some twisting synth, drum machines and a dark bassline. The songs in that vein are catchy and gritty, so it keeps the whole thing from seeming a bit too art-rocky.

Who will like it? Fans of Corgan will more or less know what to expect, and will probably enjoy it. Those that don't like Corgan's past work probably won't like this either, because it has Corgan's style written all over the album.

With "TheFutureEmbrace," Corgan has taken a slightly different musical turn. The harder rock of his old days has been replaced by a haze of synth and some murky dreampop guitars. All the songs feel softer and more comfortable, like shoes that have been broken in.
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By E. A. Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Smashing Pumpkins, that earthshaking rock band of the 1990s, broke up in 2001. Most of the members -- James Iha, James Chamberlin and Melissa Auf Der Maur -- have embarked on solo careers, with varying successes. In the meantime, frontman Billy Corgan put out a book of poetry and started a new band, the sadly short-lived Zwan.

Now Billy Corgan has gone solo for real, with "TheFutureEmbrace," with his usual mixture of self-examination and brooding music. It doesn't exactly forge new territories, but the echoes of the Pumpkins merely enhance the dreamier, softer sound.

"All things change/never rest, never sure/what is worth/fighting on for?" Corgan asks in the dream-rocker "All Things Change," over a bed of buzzing guitars. That dreamy sound continues throughout the album -- sometimes it's laced with synth blips, sometimes with airy distortion.

In fact, "TheFutureEmbrace" might have simply floated away if Corgan hadn't included some grittier songs to ground it. "Mina Loy (M.O.H.)" kicks it off with some twisting synth, drum machines and a dark bassline. The songs in that vein are catchy and gritty, so it keeps the whole thing from seeming a bit too art-rocky.

Who will like it? Fans of Corgan will more or less know what to expect, and will probably enjoy it. Those that don't like Corgan's past work probably won't like this either, because it has Corgan's style written all over the album.

With "TheFutureEmbrace," Corgan has taken a slightly different musical turn. The harder rock of his old days has been replaced by a haze of synth and some murky dreampop guitars. All the songs feel softer and more comfortable, like shoes that have been broken in.
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By A Customer on 9 Aug. 2005
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This is a very good album, if you were a fan of adore then this is definitely worth listening to. It's not quite on par with some 'pumpkins stuff but it is awesome none the less. Billy has adopted a cool new approach to guitar, mixing an electro sound with subtle guitar, much like in Adore. A must have for any Smashing Pumpkins fan.
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Not his best work by a mile, but there's still some quality to be found here. Billy Corgan has an unerring ear for a melody, and writes songs that creep up on you then won't let go.

When I first heard Future Embrace I was a little deflated by how dated it sounded. Rather than "Future Embrace" it felt more like the "80s embrace". And whereas we've grown use to Jimmy Chamberlain's rich, complex and indeed peerless drumming on past albums, the use here of drumming tracks felt like I was being seriously short-changed.

That said, this album is not without it's merits. Standout tracks from the first few plays were DIA and Mina Loy - worthy or any album and indeed strong candidates if there was ever to be a Billy Corgan greatest hits. But then, with further plays other songs began to creep up on me. I love "Now and Then" and "Strayz" is sung with such heartfelt sincerity that it is impossible for me to hear this without getting a lump in my throat.

If you are considering buying this don't expect a Smashing Pumpkins immitation. There's shades of Adore in here but it feels like Billy's consciously trying to distance himself from his earlier body of work. This album,along with his Pumpkins work and poetry book show that it is hard to pigeon hole this multi-talented and multi-faceted man. it's not his best work but still worthy of your time and money. It says something that while I can only give it 3 stars (in relation to his other work), there would be a big void in my music collection if this wasn't part of it.
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