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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 2 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000006NPY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (580 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,374 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. To Sheila
2. Ava Adore
3. Perfect
4. Daphne Descends
5. Once Upon A Time
6. Tear
7. Crestfallen
8. Appels + Oranjes
9. Pug
10. The Tale Of Dusty And Pistol Pete
11. Annie-Dog
12. Shame
13. Behold! The Night Mare
14. For Martha
15. Blank Page
16. 17

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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

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on June 16 2004
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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By A Customer on May 27 2004
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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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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Format: Audio CD
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 alike, because this was an album that contained more positives than negatives. Some see it as the album that took a new direction which propelled the Smashing Pumpkins' downfall. I see it as a showcase piece for the Smashing Pumpkins' musical versitality and visionary consistency. "Adore" was a new work in a new style, a kind of album that was a gutsy move from an always evolving band. However, not many bands are willing to reverse their signature sound that coincided in having to follow up a large success. This makes "Adore" even more historically interesting.
There's some kind of an intriguing phenomenon that surrounds this album. Gone is the angsty "Generation X" sound that plagued a lot of alt music in the 90's. Gone are the bloated excesses of the Mellon Collie/Aeroplane era. The album art does not contain any colors other than shades: black, white, and gray. It's new and innovative, melding together acoustic, electronic, piano, and lo-fi guitar to create a sound that is mature, organic, dreamy, dismal, and even nostalgic. It feels like a soundtrack to a 1930's art film. Billy's voice compliments the music instead of clashing with it, and contributes to the album's intimate mood. The songs such as "Ava Adore", "Behold! The Night Mare", and "For Martha" are all sonic pleasures for moments of solitude.
This is an overlooked masterwork that should've had its presence known. Those who only look for sweeping monster rockers will think "Adore" is a passive collection of songs. Those who think otherwise will realize the unique characteristics of this album and what the Smashing Pumpkins tried to contribute to a genre that was fading away from originality. 5 Stars.
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