Adore

Adore

by Smashing Pumpkins
     
 

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Left without a drummer after Jimmy Chamberlin's dismissal, the Smashing Pumpkins took the opportunity to revamp their sound slightly -- which is what Billy Corgan claimed they were going to do on their fourth album anyway. Adore, however, isn't a drastic departure. Using dream pop ballads and the synthetic pulse of "1979" as

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Left without a drummer after Jimmy Chamberlin's dismissal, the Smashing Pumpkins took the opportunity to revamp their sound slightly -- which is what Billy Corgan claimed they were going to do on their fourth album anyway. Adore, however, isn't a drastic departure. Using dream pop ballads and the synthetic pulse of "1979" as starting point, the Pumpkins have created a hushed, elegiac album that sounds curiously out of time -- it's certainly an outgrowth of their previous work, but the differences aren't entirely modern. Whenever synthesizers are added to the mix, the results make the band sound like a contemporary of the Cure or Depeche Mode, not Aphex Twin. That's not necessarily a problem, since Adore creates its own world with layered keyboards, acoustic guitars, and a rotating selection of drummers and machines. There's none of the distorted bluster that cluttered Mellon Collie and none of the grand sonic technicolor of Siamese Dream. Adore recasts the calmer moments of those albums in a sepia tone, in an attempt to be modest and intimate. Only Billy Corgan would consider a 74-minute, 16-track album a modest effort, but compared to its widescreen predecessors, it does feel a bit scaled down. Still, Corgan's ambitions reign supreme. This is no mere acoustic album, nor is it electronica -- it is quiet contemporary art rock, playing like a concept album without any real concept. Its very length and portentousness tend to obscure some lovely songs, since all the muted production tends to blend all the songs together. But even with its flaws, Adore is an admirable record that illustrates the depth of the Pumpkins' sound, even if it ultimately isn't a brave step forward. [A remastered version of Adore was released in 2014.]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2014
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0602537899258
catalogNumber:
002112302
Rank:
41656

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Smashing Pumpkins   Primary Artist
Matt Cameron   Drums,Guest Appearance
Brad Wood   Organ
Joey Waronker   Drums
Bon Harris   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Matt Walker   Drums,Guest Appearance
Dennis Flemion   Vocals
Jimmy Flemion   Vocals

Technical Credits

Billy Corgan   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Reissue Producer,Art Direction
Flood   Additional Production
Chris Sheppard   Engineer
Bjorn Thorsrud   Engineer
David Wild   Liner Notes
Howard Willing   Engineer
Brad Wood   Producer,Engineer,Additional Production
Neil Perry   Engineer
Robbie Adams   Engineer
Bon Harris   Programming
Frank Olinsky   Art Direction
Xilonen Oreshnick   Photo Coordination
Yelena Yemchuk   Art Direction,Reissue Photography

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