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2000 album from this Al-Rock band led by Billy Corgan.
With the doubters hovering round his band following the rock-is-dead pronouncement that preceded the flawed electronic dabbling of Adore, MACHINA finds Billy Corgan desperate to prove everyone, not least himself, wrong. On the Pumpkins' fifth album, they attempt to reclaim the higher ground they dominated with the peerless Siamese Dream and the sprawling 28-track opus Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. As a result they hit the ground running on MACHINA, exploding into life with "The Everlasting Gaze" in a firestorm of guitars and heavy metaphysical thunder. There are some quintessential Pumpkins moments here, notably "Stand Inside Your Love", which soars away on a spiralling guitar solo, and "Try, Try, Try" which taps into Corgan's ever present melancholy. At 73-minutes long, MACHINA overstays its welcome, beginning to flag, ironically, at the self-aggrandising "Heavy Metal Machine". No matter, by this point, the Pumpkins have made their point with brutal grace. --Mike Pattenden
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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.Read more ›
The track "The Everlasting Gaze" starts and ends with a bang, a fine tribute to NIN. It hops unto a promising rock fused with club-techno Raindrops+Sunshowers, but it's repetitiveness will drive off even most shallow club music listener, followed by their weakest single and most sappy song ever "Stand Inside Your Love" and rest of the songs don't go so right, as promising as it starts with exception of songs like "Try, Try, Try", excellent Sabbath inspired "Heavy Metal Machine", the gothic "Glass and the Ghost Children" and "The Age of Innocence". Songs such as "The Crying Tree of Mercury" and "Blue Skies Bring Tears" are the most promising songs because they evolve further of Adore-concept songs and yet ruined by mediocrity.
Immedietely, they go out with a whimper. I suppose you can't blame the pressure on the Pumpkins by critics to go back the yonderin' days of Gish and Siamese Dreams ever since their supposed flop Adore. And mind you, Adore is their finest Pumpkins album ever produced. Shows you why you should stick to being yourself.
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MACHINA may be the Pumpkin's most ambitious effort, but they might've bitten off more than they could chew. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2013 by Kyle
This CD has to be one of the best CD's ever made. I admit that I am a huge Smashing Pumpkins fan but that's not why I like this CD. Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by L. McCollum
I don't understand how anyone who loved "Gish", "Siamese Dream" or "Mellon Collie" can possibly like this album. Read morePublished on May 8 2004 by M. S. Hillis
I must admit, this cd really is a mess. Some songs are very awfully written, lets face it, Heavy Metal Machine is a cluttered up song that is distorted beyond all recognition, and... Read morePublished on May 6 2004 by JG
For a band that's well known for their beautiful and artistic lyrics, wonderfully written music and having a lead singer with a whiney, but emotional voice, it's pretty difficult... Read morePublished on April 7 2004 by stillravenmad
It's weird and almost kind of sad that an album like Machina got such negative press, if it was rewarded with any press at all. Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by J. GARRATT
Well, it is back too old school rocking for the Pumpkins.Music on the Machina album is art-metal, so if you like art metal, you will love the album. Read morePublished on March 25 2004 by sasa