As personal as all this is, Adore is rarely intimate.... When Corgan heaves a sigh, he wants it to be a sigh that can shake the world, and with Adore, he makes a strong case for his epic brand of introspection. -- The Los Angeles Times
The intimacy and restraint of "To Sheila" set the tone for the most low-key album the Pumpkins have ever made. Everything, from the tempos to the rhythms to Corgan's wail, has been taken down a notch. Ballads and mid-tempo songs prevail, many of them exceedingly delicate and pretty, nudged along by ticktocking drum machines and fragile pianos. The album should carry a new style of advisory sticker: "Warning: Explicitly Lyrical...."
None of this means either Corgan or his fellow Pumpkins have mellowed. Corgan barely raises his voice to the angsty caterwaul that makes people either love him or hate him, but his voice and lyrics remain unsettled, and unsettling. Pretty on the outside, the album is dark and obsessive beneath; let's call it passive-aggressive rock. -- Entertainment Weekly
I miss Jimmy's drumming. With Jimmy Chamberlin missing, Billy's tyranny took over and he decided to do a bunch of weird techno junk... I am very disappointed in the band. The first single, "Ava Adore", is fairly decent, but in no way even comes close to the old Pumpkins. "Pug" almost rocks hard, but Billy still sounds like he's whining. Don't get me wrong, I like soft music just as much as the next guy, but an entire album full of it just IS NOT PUMPKINS.
"Appels + Oranjes" is quick and lively (although dark at the same time), and its lyrics are reminiscent of "Muzzle" (from Mellon Collie). I enjoyed it... so there's three good songs.
I just learned yesterday, though, that Chamberlin is back. I can't wait for the next album... hopefully this soft, semi-techno thing is just a phase. Hopefully they can be a real band again now that they have their drummer back.
The album opens with the absolutely gorgeous "To Sheila" -- I knew from the first notes that I was going to love the album. It's followed by the electronically-driven and -- dare I say -- catchy "Ava Adore." The two opening songs do what opening songs should do -- they set the tone for the album, as the rest of the album is full of electronics and beautiful piano-driven songs. Don't worry, the guitar isn't absent -- it's still there, it's just not the overpowering force it once was. It blends easily here. Beyond the opening tracks, some standouts are "Daphne Descends," "Annie-Dog," "Blank Page," and "For Martha," Billy Corgan's tearjerking tribute to his deceased mother.
"Adore" proves the musical genius of Billy Corgan. Only a genius could blend all of these noises and come up with the product that he came up with.Read more ›
Note that this was not meant to offend anyone, both fans of aeroplan flies high, or adore. I personally love aeroplan, but think adore is mediocre.
It's a shame that "Adore" didn't hold a firm place in the minds of critics and fans... Read more
Within a day it grew on me so I liked tracks: 1, 2, & 3. Read more