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on 24 July 2012
For many Pumpkins fans 'Machina' is near the bottom of the collection. Yet, it is an amazing album, it has that classic pumpkins feel thanks to Jimmy Chamberlain's return, whilst feeling new thanks to the ventures into new genres made by Billy Corgan. It can be best described as the sound of the much-loved favourite 'Siamese Dream' colliding with the meloncoly, expermimental 'Adore'. The only flaw is its a few songs too long, cut down those songs to 12 and it really is an undeniable classic.

The opening says it all with the brutal 'The Everlasting Gaze' which sounds like the most distorted Shoegaze know to man, while having a disco-esque drumbeat and an amazingly heavy bass. Its sets the tone of not knowing what to expect from the album. You have songs that will please fans of old. 'Stand Inside Your Love' which is like an intimate 'Tonight,Tonight' and the sad 'Try,Try,Try' which combinds sadness to a flowing, upbeat rythm in a way only bands of the Pumpkins talent can do effectively. 'I Of The Mourning' has a strong beat and a popish feel to it as does 'The Scared And Profane' both of which are brilliant songs.

I consider 'This Time' to be one of, if not the best, Pumpkins song ever. It has such a somber vibe, yet the guitars are distorted and loud, the bass strong and the drumming wonderfully rocky (Chamberlain really is superb). Corgan's voice sounds great on the album, much stronger than the early days, and his lyrics are great as usual. 'Wound' has a great gloomy, yet uplifting feel (i dont know how they do it) and Corgan sounds so emotive and powerful on it. 'With Every Light' and 'Blue Skies,Bring Tears' continue thise vibe and are great. While 'Age Of Innocence' ends it brilliantly, a song in a very simliar vain to '1979' and 'Perfect'.

It really is a great tragedy how underrated Machina is. In my eyes its easily up there with the Pumpkins best work and among the best album of the last 15 or so years.
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on 14 July 2011
As different as they could get from Adore, but also Melon Collie... and Siamese Dream. It's almost proper heavy metal in places and has a renewed vigour that was missing from their mainly ballad-strewn previous release. It's not thought of highly when mentioning their back catalogue but it's far better than both Zeitgeist and Gish.

Not feeling it necessary to critique every track, the stand-outs are: 'The Everlasting Gaze' - a fantastic, bruising opener with futuristic metal guitars; 'Stand Inside Your LOve' - a great single that gets better and better with every listen; 'I of the Mourning' - another similar to 'Stand...' but great in its own right; 'This Time' - a sparkly ballad with added fuzz; 'With Every Light' - a nice little ditty that is akin to those near the end of the 2nd disc of Melon Collie; and 'Age of Innocence' - a semi-epic feel, with driving, yet understated guitars and a chorus that seems flat at first but get better with every listen.

The end of SP for that time (apart from Machina II that will not appear on cd until 2013), when reunions never happened (although Bruce Dickinson had then just reconvened with Iron Maiden) and at the time it felt like a very good end. The 2007 album Zeitgeist proved that some things should stay broken. However it will be interesting to hear their newer material once it's released elsewhere other than the web.

For Machina: a great stop and their last good album.
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on 16 April 2008
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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on 15 March 2016
Great disc
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on 5 May 2015
Very GooD!!!!!!!!
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on 2 January 2013
yeah dis is a good album its got good variation abot it da pumpkins are a very good indie type group
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on 19 June 2013
An extraordinary album, truly masterpiece by the Smashing Pumkins and, as always, with very specific characteristics. However, if e.g. Mellon Collie was very coherent and everything fit together perfectly, in this album I find some a little bit boring tracks that make this album quite dissapointing in the middle and second part of it.Nonetheless, despite of these few exceptions it still contains a lot of great, beautiful tracks that became classic for me.
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on 23 October 2013
Good CD although not my favourite but definately one for the collection. If a fan of the SP then by this CD.
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on 11 August 2008
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.

Poor sales was their reason but this is the Smashing Pumpkins we're talking about here. Surely a record company should have faith in their artists. Oh, I'm being silly now.

Get this and then head over to the Pumpkins' own site where you can download 'Machina II' for nothing. It makes this whole project make sense. 'Machina II' is a rougher and more life affirming experience and (along with Machina I) you can hear what Billy Corgan was really trying to do here.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 January 2006
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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