MACHINA/The Machines of God

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Barnes & Noble - Jon Wiederhorn
Following the Smashing Pumpkins' atmospheric, electronically-embellished last record, ADORE, MACHINA: THE MACHINES OF GOD is being hailed as a return to the band's ass-kicking, guitar-rockin' roots. In some ways it is, as evidenced by the ripping opener "The Everlasting Gaze" and the tongue-in-cheek "Heavy Metal Machines," which gallops like Roman soldiers storming into battle. But MACHINA also has its softer moments, like the delicate "Try, Try, Try," the sprawling "Raindrops and Sunshowers," and the pop-y "Eye of the Mourning." Even the most elegant and tender passages are graced with urgency, thanks to the drumming of Jimmy Chamberlain, who recently returned to ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jon Wiederhorn
Following the Smashing Pumpkins' atmospheric, electronically-embellished last record, ADORE, MACHINA: THE MACHINES OF GOD is being hailed as a return to the band's ass-kicking, guitar-rockin' roots. In some ways it is, as evidenced by the ripping opener "The Everlasting Gaze" and the tongue-in-cheek "Heavy Metal Machines," which gallops like Roman soldiers storming into battle. But MACHINA also has its softer moments, like the delicate "Try, Try, Try," the sprawling "Raindrops and Sunshowers," and the pop-y "Eye of the Mourning." Even the most elegant and tender passages are graced with urgency, thanks to the drumming of Jimmy Chamberlain, who recently returned to Pumpkin-land after being banished in 1996 for his inability to kick drugs. While Corgan is still the Pumpkins' ringmaster, crafting all the melodies, guitar parts, and bass lines, Chamberlain and guitarist James Iha settle into a groove that supports Corgan's vision in a way that the drum machine and samplers on ADORE never could. As a result, MACHINA is heavy enough to reattract old-school fans without losing the more sonically adventurous crowd that gathered for the last round of Pumpkin pie.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Any record called MACHINA/The Machines of God couldn't be a pure rock album. The title suggests this is a concept album, which are at least a little progressive. As it happens, MACHINA is a lot progressive. Though it's damn near impossible to figure out the story line, the album plays like a concept album, with each track floating into the next, winding up with an album artier than Adore. That's not a liability, since the Smashing Pumpkins were always arty, yet Billy Corgan was very clever in camouflaging his artiness. "The Everlasting Gaze" rocks more overtly than anything on Adore, and the storybook-styled artwork deliberately evokes memories of Mellon Collie. Enthusiasts will find moments to admire throughout MACHINA, but ultimately, they might be disappointed with a record that crosses Mellon Collie with Adore without relying on the strengths of either. MACHINA appears to be ornately straightforward, yet as it progresses, it becomes increasingly insular. By the time it gets to "Heavy Metal Machine," designed as the record's crushing centerpiece, its weaknesses become apparent. "Heavy Metal Machine" should be a brutal, bruising experience, yet it's toothless, processed within an inch of its life. It becomes clear that the chief strength of the album is production. Not once does MACHINA ever feel like the work of a band; it feels as if it was painstakingly assembled by Corgan and Flood. The Smashing Pumpkins have always been Corgan's band, but they've never sounded like a solo vehicle the way that they do here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/29/2000
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724384893620
  • Catalog Number: 48936
  • Sales rank: 57,382

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Smashing Pumpkins Primary Artist
Mike Garson Piano
Howard Willing Recorder
Technical Credits
Jimmy Chamberlin Contributor
Billy Corgan Producer, Art Direction
Flood Producer
James Iha Contributor
Bjorn Thorsrud Programming, Engineer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Greg Sylvester Art Direction
Yelena Yemchuk Art Direction
Thomas Wolfe Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Machina is poppy, but still very Pumpkins

    There are a few songs on here that are drifting toward a pop theme, but I love the pumpkins and I truly beleive everything they create is an extreme, amazing form of art. Therefore, I like this CD. I don't love it like I love MCIS, but I like a few of the songs on the album. And some were just annoying at first, but when I sat down to listen to the lyrics of the annoying songs and sort of analyze them, I learned to respect them. Still, it isn't my fav.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SP are the gods of al music.

    no question no thought, smashing pumpkins are my fav band of all time! as billy said this album has a ''big'' feeling to it. this music sounds like no other music i have haerd, go and buy th

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Corgans sickness unto death of the SP

    The world-weary magnum opus of a tired, world-weary man (especially evident in Machina II). But it is wrapped up in such beauty and such appealing silks that one cannot help but sigh along with Corgan. And not since Abbey Road's ''The End'' has a rock and roll career come to such a gloriously solid conclusion. Age of Innocence is probably the best song on the Album, and it wraps around you like a soothing balm, despite the lyrical implications (''desolation yes, hesitation no''). All in all a gem of an album, despite some production flaws and a few cheesy lyrics (which Corgan can be prone to at times).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Ultimate Goth-Lite Experience

    The Smashing Pumpkins have never failed at creating sensational albums. The psychedelic Gish, the whiny but brilliant Siamese Dream, the poignant left overs of Pisces Iscariot, the masterful epic Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, and the sedated Adore all cemented the Pumpkins as the most inventive, ambitious and consistently brilliant rock band of this decade. With the release of Machina/the machines of God, rumored as the band's final album, they seem to be reviewing their career through a kaleidoscope. Machina is their most atmospheric yet accessible record to date. And it rarely falters. ''The Everlasting Gaze'', ''Heavy Metal Machine'' and ''The Imploding Voice'' rely on guitar juggernaut and Jimmy Chamberlain's exquisite drum work to convey their aspirations of rock immortality and stinging beauty. Other tracks such as ''Try,Try,Try'', ''This Time'' and ''With Every Light'' seem to be saying farewell. Needless to say, they do so in a gorgeously layered fashion. Then there are the all out stunning tracks (''Stand Inside Your Love'', ''Wound'',''I of the Mourning'' and ''The Sacred and Profane''). It was evident in his previous work that Billy Corgan loved 70's progressive rock, and on the ''The Glass and Ghost Children'' he finally manages to construct a truly epic song. (He only managed to do this once before with ''Porcelina of Vast Oceans''.) While some tracks are tedious or show weakness like ''The Crying Tree of Mercury'', the Pumpkins have crafted one of the best records of the year and managed to bow out as the post-grunge superheroes that their fans idolize them as.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A classic piece of Americana...

    ...or, more importantly, PUMPKINANA. The Smashing Pumpkins have returned to thier decadent, misspent youths, collectively, and have made the third-greatest album of thier 10+ careers, sans D'Arcy(or not). Not that Adore wasn't good, it was just annoying at times. And sans Mr. Chamberlain, the Pumpkins just suck, no offense. My favorite songs on the album are Wound( which should become the next single, in my humble opinion) and the Sacred + Profane. Age of Innocence should be called 1979II, because that's what it sounds like, which in of itself isn't such a demanding or conservative thing, collectively, and Age is deviod of the great chorus of 1979 but still jump-starts you in the gluteous ameba, if you ask me. Chow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great New Album

    There are three reasons why this is a 5 star album,1 the songs are great,2 the band is great and 3 the producton is great.Flood,Billy and Alan Moulder did a great job prouducing this one and Bjourn Thorsrud does a great job mixing and programming.The best cuts are Everlasting Gaze,Stand Inside Your Love,Heavy Metal Machine & Crying Tree Of Mercury.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MACHINA/The Machines of Billy

    Brilliant...Corgan etc. take the best of the slow dark tunes from Adore and mixes them up with some of the harder edge we all loved from Mellon Collie. Lots of variation from song to song but put together brilliantly. Billy writes the most amazing lyrics...no one can touch his ingenuity and the the heart and soul he puts into his tunes. He holds nothing back. Any fan will love this disc as I did...There are some elements to Machina that could open the eyes of those who couldn't fully appreciate Adore by presenting some Adore-esque elements with some unparallelled production and some of that phenomenal guitar that I just love...Welcome back Jimmy Chamberlain - nothing can replace the sound of real drums. I loved Adore - don't get me wrong - but it seemed like more of a personal work for Corgan than anything else. Machina, on the other hand, reaffirms that the Pumpkins are a rock group - not just a one man show. Loved it .......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Smashing Pumpkins Forever

    The Smashing Pumpkins have made an incredible album both musically and emotionally. Billy Corgan's songs and production values have only gotten stronger with the return of drummer Jimmy Chamberlain. Huge textures, pounding drums, intelligent lyrics, and beautiful noise caress all fifteen songs. Contains elements of the their previous work while remaining experimental at the same time. This album constantly pushes the envelope of sound for all 75 minutes. Every song sounds completely different from the previous track, leaving the listener off guard at all times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great cd

    this is an awesome cd. it is as good as mellon collie and the infinite sadness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Corgan's fit

    The Smashing Pumpkins continues to renew themselves, always sounding different from album to album, although Corgan's lyrics have become a little tedious from time to time, if compared to previous albums. Anyway, this time the artistic whole has reached depths beyond comparison. Cool songs. Hail Corgan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    New Pumpkins Is Ear-Blasting, Heart-Wrenching

    I love this new CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Machina

    Adore was a great album even if it didnt have much commercial success. This album is only better. The Pumpkins are one of the few bands going that you can count on delivering a quality album every time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than 4 stars, but not quite 5

    A great CD for the most part with many good songs ... certainly better than Adore, which was not that bad of a CD ... not as good as Siamese Dream, but no CD ever will be!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Smashing Pumpkins Rock!

    Billy Corgan is a god!! The Pumpkins' will forever rule the music industry because of their awesome tunes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE SMASHING PUMPKINS

    The Smashing Pumpkins are the best band in the entire universe! They can do anything-hard rock, metal, techno, pop, ANYTHING! There will never be another band like the Pumpkins again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2009

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