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The Smashing Pumpkins Audio CD
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1. To Sheila
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5. Once Upon A Time
6. Tear
7. Crestfallen
8. Appels + Oranjes
9. Pug
10. The Tale Of Dusty And Pistol Pete
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12. Shame
13. Behold! The Night Mare
14. For Martha
15. Blank Page
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In these reflective settings, Corgan sifts through relationships broken by alienation, death, and other mysteries, searching for strength and purpose to help make sense of a disordered but essentially appealing world.

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


With Adore, Smashing Pumpkins return to the forefront of rock to do a dance with a new partner. Trading white-noise vocals and guitars for caramel crooning and dense synthesizers, frontman Billy Corgan drives bandmates James Iha and D'Arcy to a lush aural plateau. The darkness is still there--evidenced in the techno throb of the single "Ava Adore"--but the Pumpkins also tinker with Lennonesque lullabyes ("Behold! The Night Mare"), midtempo electronica ("Appels and Oranjes"), and tender calliope music ("Once Upon a Time"). Smartly, Corgan rarely upstages the watery sounds going on behind him; the trademark midsong blowouts are almost completely absent. Adore will strike your ears and heart in a way you didn't think the Smashing Pumpkins could. --Jason Josephes

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Pumpkins at their best June 16 2004
By Lauren
Format:Audio CD
The Smashing Pumpkins have always been a band that I've known of and been able to recognize on the radio (how could you not?) but I never truly "got into" them. However, after hearing "Thirty-three" (from "Mellon Collie") on the radio, I finally said, "Okay, I have to listen to these people." Over the past few days, I've listened to all of the Smashing Pumpkins' major studio releases. Based on my impression of them, I have to say "Adore" is my favorite. I don't understand why it was poorly received, both by fans and critics, when it came out. It shows a huge step both forward both musically (for the Pumpkins as a whole) and lyrically (for Billy Corgan). It shows far much more ambition than "Mellon Collie" -- ask yourself, how many alternative bands would attempt to make an album without a drummer? But they attempted and they pulled it off beautifully.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a cool idea... April 23 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I find that the overdubbing of synthesizers and drum machines really took away the soul of this album. I still love, however the piano driven songs, and the soft acoustic driven songs. I love the emotion in the album, but as I said before it doesn't fit in well with a lot the synthesizers.
I think that if the outtakes from Mellon Collie (Aeroplane Flies High) were combined with this album, and a sort of a double album like Mellon Collie this would be an amazing album, perhaps better than Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie, Gish, or even Pisces Iscariot.
Code Name: I Adore You
Disc 1:
1. To Sheila
2. Transformer
3. Ava Adore
4. 17
5. God
6. Marquis in Spades
7. Meladori Magpie
8. Rotten Apples
9. Shame
10. Behold! The Nightmare
11. Ugly
12. The Aeroplane Flies High
13. The Last Song
Disc 2:
1. Tear
2. Crestfallen
3. Pug
4. Perfect
5. The Boy
6. Cherry
7. Set The Ray To Jerry
8. Mouths of Babes
9. The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete
10. Annie Dog
11. For Martha
12. Blank Page
13. My Blue Heaven
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a fact... May 27 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Adore is not a Smashing Pumpkins album. Billy Corgan even said so himself. He said people are wrong if they consider this either an acoustic or electronic album, and I can see where he's coming from. This release was torn to shreds by critics, and I can see where they were coming from as well. Corgan was always considered a bone head because he didn't want to go in the direction other people wanted him and his band to go into, and I still admire him for it. With Adore this is all about his prose. This is more about the lyrics than the music bringing it out. Almost every track is soaked in dark romance, and I thought this was very interesting. As for the techno aspect, which Mellon Collie hinted at with the tracks Love, 1979, and Beautiful, it was fair, but what really stank was the fact that Jimmy Chamberlain wasn't with the band at the time due to a past scandal and numerous drug problems which led to his shall we say unemployment, and his absence showed dramatically, thus making the album a non-Pumpkins effort. Basically, if you are a fan of the early material, don't bother, but if you love the band to its core, wanting to see them evolve musically and lyrically, pick it up. It's worth the fifteen or so bucks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Artistic and Purely Musical Pumpkins Album April 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'd say that this album has no throw-away songs on it, but that isn't true. It does. The single, "Perfect", may be one of the worst Pumpkins songs in their epic little history. The song just trashes up the album and should have been replaced by "Eye", which is one of the most badass Pumpkins songs of all time and resides on the Lost Highway soundtrack.
Now, I love the emotion on this album, and I love the piano too. "Ava Adore", another single on this album, is good, but not as good as everything to follow. SOme really cool songs on this album are "Tear", Daphne Descends", "Pug", "To Martha", "Annie-Dog", and "Blank Page". The song 17 is kind of cute, it almost sounds like "Twinklie, Twinkle Little Star". The thing is, it would be track 17 if you owned the Japanese version of the album, which I think would make more sense.
The album shows a band at their most artistic moment with some new sounds and experimentation. Definitely influenced by Depeche Mode and other such electronic bands, this album has a stand-out different sound than the other Pumpkins albums. And on the last note, I would like to refer you all to the "Perfect" single. Yes, "Perfect" is a bad song, but there is an amazing version of "Daphne Descends" on the single that made me like the song so much more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars this album is fantastic!
i know a lot of die-hard pumpkins fans don't care for this album, but to be honest, this is one of my favorite albums of theirs! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kody
5.0 out of 5 stars I simply adore this album (I know, how original)
I purchased this album when it first came out many years ago and I still pull it out on a regular basis. Very sad and melancholy with many beautiful textures throughout. Read more
Published on May 25 2012 by whoreallycares
5.0 out of 5 stars Pumpkins meander through boredom.
This is one of my least favorite Pumpkins albums, I was amazed to find it on LP though! The album starts off fairly strong, then ends up rambling on to boredom really. Read more
Published on July 10 2010 by Joel Andrews
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow Pumpkins
At a first listen I thought to myself, "This CD sucks! Why the hell did I buy it?". But after deciding to give it a chance and repeated listenings, it started to grow on... Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by Oscar Gabriel Pineda
5.0 out of 5 stars A more melodic, more mellow Smashing Pumpkins
With Billy Corgan's mother's death comes this album. Very soft, very sad. There is an abundance of piano and this is their most heavily techno influenced album. Read more
Published on April 4 2004 by B. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle angels of bliss
Well, it is a diffrent album from Billy and co. It wasn`t as comercialy sucefull as the others were, but it represents the Pumpkins at there artistic peek. Read more
Published on March 27 2004 by sasa
5.0 out of 5 stars Should've been a classic....
How do you follow up the best-selling double album of recent times? Go the opposite way.
It's a shame that "Adore" didn't hold a firm place in the minds of critics and fans... Read more
Published on March 21 2004 by jmpg
5.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated album of all time
When I first got this album I didn't like it at all. I liked track 3 and thats it.
Within a day it grew on me so I liked tracks: 1, 2, & 3. Read more
Published on March 16 2004 by Andrew Aldea
4.0 out of 5 stars Some real gems, some of their best songs!
By far the Pumpkins most subdued album and probably their most extensive foray into electionic percussion which had a lot to do with the recent expulsion of their drummer. Read more
Published on March 15 2004 by Rich Latta
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