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  • Audio CD (June 2 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000006NPY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 580 customer reviews
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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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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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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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In the wake of drummer Jimmy Chamberlin's departure, the Pumpkins have taken a giant step away fromthe grunge-flavored, turbo-powered alt-rock anthems that made them famous. On ADORE, Billy Corgan and company opt instead for a more scaled-down approach that relies heavily on acoustic instruments and ballads of love and longing. Corgan may still be expressing angst here, but he does it in an understated, romantic way, addressing matters of the heart with subtlety and maturity on tunes like "Shame" and "To Sheila."
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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Sadly in this day in age a familer pattern seems to follow many rock groups. After putting out what is considered thier greatest (and often most succesful)work the band is expected to follow-up on this. Both the record industry and the people who buy the music await a repeat performance that will cash in on the succesful formula of the last release. However many rock artists are exaxtly that: ARTISTS. They choose to develop their sound and push the envelope rather than repeat themselves. This is exactly what has happened with The Smashing Pumpkins on Adore. The band met with universal acclaim on theie Mellon Collie CD and opted to expand on their next recording rather than recylce any old sounds. What we get is one of the most brilliant and ambitious albums in a long time. It certainly isn't rock and it isn't pop, it's just the Smashing Pumpkins. It's nothing less than what you'd expect from Billy Corgan; magnificantly uncompromising music that will challenge the listner while giving them a slight taste of the familer. The gothic techno sound of Adore is hard to swallow at first but in time can offer a fullfilling and remarkable listening experince. Unfortunately most people won't even give this record the time of day because there's no Cherub Rock or Bullet with Butterfly Wings here. Thier loss.
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Picture this. A short, scrawny kid wearing an oversized black Smashing Pumpkins t-shirt and jeans walks through his middle school. A student yells from across the hall, "Pumpkins suck!" ...I've been hearing this ever since those days in 6th grade, but, unlike then, now I'm inclined to believe.... Back then they all meant that Billy Corgan was a messed up poser, writing crappy lerics about "love" and "hate." Back then they were wrong. I was surrounded by the melodies that are Gish, Siamese Dream, and Mellon Collie...No more. Billy has now sunk to a level that I never would have expected from the man who's pictures cover my room. With Adore he has put down his guitar and laid his calus-stricken hands on a keyboard. He has put on black leather dresses, and in the process lost that which drove him to write some of the best music I have ever heard. Coming off the incredible concept album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, his has settled for unfulfilling radio songs like Ava Adore and Perfect. However I must be clear in the fact that this is only my opinion. At a recent concert in Portland, I saw people moved by Adore in the way that I am by Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie. One thing is for sure, this album is Different; right down to the font on the cover. Those who recognized the sheer genious in the guitar playing, and fiercely powerfull presence that Billy used to have at Pumpkin's concerts will be let down by this CD. And as hard as it is to admit, Machina is NO different. Hummers of the world unite! Pray that Mr. Corgan will quit playing mind games with himself and us and pick back up his sticker-covered Strat and rock our worlds.
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