Adore

Adore

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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" asSee more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/02/1998
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724384587925
catalogNumber:
45879
Rank:
48287

Tracks

  1. To Sheila  -  Smashing Pumpkins
  2. Ava Adore  -  Smashing Pumpkins
  3. Perfect  -  Smashing Pumpkins
  4. Daphne Descends  -  Smashing Pumpkins
  5. Once upon a Time  -  Smashing Pumpkins
  6. Tear  -  Smashing Pumpkins
  7. Crestfallen  -  Smashing Pumpkins
  8. Appels + Oranjes  -  Smashing Pumpkins
  9. Pug  -  Smashing Pumpkins
  10. The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete  -  Smashing Pumpkins
  11. Annie-Dog  -  Smashing Pumpkins
  12. Shame  -  Smashing Pumpkins
  13. Behold! The Night Mare  -  Smashing Pumpkins
  14. For Martha  -  Smashing Pumpkins
  15. Blank Page  -  Smashing Pumpkins
  16. 17  -  Smashing Pumpkins

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Smashing Pumpkins   Primary Artist
D'Arcy   Group Member
James Iha   Group Member
Joey Waronker   Drums
Matt Walker   Drums

Technical Credits

Billy Corgan   Producer,Art Direction
Chris Shepard   Engineer
Bjorn Thorsrud   Engineer,Digital Editing
Howie Weinberg   Mastering
Howard Willing   Engineer
Brad Wood   Producer,Engineer
Neil Perry   Engineer
Robbie Adams   Engineer
Bon Harris   Programming
Andy VanDette   Digital Editing
Frank Olinsky   Art Direction
Jimmy Flemion   Producer
Yelena Yemchuk   Art Direction
Jeff Vereb   Engineer
Billy Flemion   Producer

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