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1998 album from the Alt-Rock heroes led by singer, songwriter and guitarist Billy Corgan.
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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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.Read more ›
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!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on May 25 2012 by whoreallycares
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 morePublished on July 10 2010 by Joel Andrews
I find that the overdubbing of synthesizers and drum machines really took away the soul of this album. Read morePublished on April 23 2006
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 morePublished on July 1 2004 by Oscar Gabriel Pineda
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 morePublished on April 4 2004 by B. Miller
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 morePublished on March 27 2004 by sasa