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  • Audio CD (Feb. 29 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000042OI4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 654 customer reviews
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1. Everlasting Gaze
2. Rain Drops & Sun Showers
3. Stand Inside Your Love
4. I Of The Mourning
5. The Sacred and Profane
6. Try, Try, Try
7. Heavy Metal Machine
8. This Time
9. The Imploding Voice
10. Glass And The Ghost Children
11. Wound
12. The Crying Tree of Mercury
13. With Every Light
14. Blue Skies Bring Tears
15. Age of Innocence

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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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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on March 23 2007
Format: Audio CD
Legendary rockers the Smashing Pumpkins were winding down by their fifth album, which was sadly their last as well. Instead of the dark electronic sound of their fourth album, "Machina/The Machines of God" goes sort of hard-rock/industrial, full of thunderous bass and dark songwriting. Too bad it was their swan song.

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.
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By A Customer on May 27 2004
Format: Audio CD
When SP radically changed direction with Adore, people treated the band like they, well, died and started tuning into a new generation of seemingly wannabe artists which are already dying as well. With Machina, Billy Corgan picked himself up with some knoweledge that they were hanging by a thread, the end was near, butknew that Adore couldn't be the way they were going to leave after setting up a good following with Gish, SD, and MC. He succeeded, making this album a major comeback in more ways than one. Jimmy finally returned to the drums after the whole drug/death incident, which, in my mind shows courageousness. D'Arcy left due to some drug problems of her own but that didn't hinder the journey Cogan and company were about to take. To sum up the track layout, it was done fantasically. The Everlasting Gaze basically knocks you on your ass, Stand Inside Your Love brings hardcore listeners back to their early days, The Crying Tree of Mercury stands as one of the most depressing songs they have ever done, and Age of Innocence makes the SP's last gasp count, each lyric confessing what can't be denied with a sad honesty. This is the album to get for all the naysayers who bashed Adore.
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MACHINA/The Machines of God has tracks that will shook your seat at least with promising things to come later on, but ends up in monotonous cycle of ad-nauseum until you'll skip the tracks, or has incorporates such melancholy that it drives you off for being too self-indulgent. Has the Pumpkins grew dillusioned of themselves when making this album? Even the B-sides "Judas-O" featured in limited edition issues of their Greatest Hits were plague with such songs. Or Corgan thinks that such concept is fine with him, I can't judge.
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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You know i`m not dead, i'm just the tears inside your head. Billy man you said it... 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.Art cover of the album is absolutly amazingly beautiful.Also producer Flood is back, so album sounds a bit like Mellon Collie.Machina starts powerfuly with the Everlasting Gaze (great video).Next one is Raindrops + Sunshowers which has fantastic drumming.Number 3 is the best song on the album Stand Inside Your Love (beautiful lyrics).It is folowed by I of the mourning, a powerfull song with a great riff.Next one is The Sacred and Profane, a song with a nice chorus.Number 6 Try Try Try a peacefull song, sounds something like the Adore songs.Then things move to high gear with Heavy Metal Machine, if you like Nine Inch Nails you will like the song.Number 8, This Time is a strong song, but a little too long.Next one Imploding Voice, hmmmm.... strange, then it gets even more strange with Glass and the Ghost Children, what to say, what to say?You have got to listen to the song, and you will see that it's hard to decribe it with words.Number 11 is a simple song called Wound (nothing special).12 is The Crying Three of Mercury. It's a very slow song, and maybe little boring.13 a bright song With Every Light, a good Pop song.Next one Blue Skies Bring Tears, has got realy special lyrics.The last one is pretty nice.What is wrong with the album? It is tooooo long, only 3 songs go under 4 minutes and Flood used to highly tuned keyboards, which reflects the confusion with the distortion (a lot of it).But all in all another under rateted masterpiece from Smashing Pumpkins; With Machina/ the Machines of God, they proff, that ROCK is not dead, it just smells funny... :)
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