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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 ›
Don't take all this acoustic-based balladry (a path also explored by James Iha on his solo debut) as a sign that the band is out of touch with contemporary production trends, though. Bon Harris of Nitzer Ebb is on hand to add a sprinkling of electronica to the proceedings via his programming talents. His contributions, like much of ADORE itself, remains modestly unobtrusive, providing just the right underpinning for some of the tunes. As the album ends with a solo piano instrumental, we're reminded that Smashing Pumpkins are a band who refuse to ossify, constantly changing and evolving. ADORE is just one more leg of their continuing journey.
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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 morePublished on May 5 2014 by Kody
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
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... Read morePublished on May 27 2004
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... Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by Dylan Watkins
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