The Future Embraceby Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan has grown less and less shy about wearing his heart on his sleeve as he's moved through his various musical stages, but the onetime Smashing Pumpkins leader has taken a quantum leap on that front on this, his first solo album. He pretty much admits such an intention with the album-opening "All Things Change," an unabashedly pretty paean to positivity that seems to channel George Harrison with its mantra-like insistence that "we can change the world." Corgan's in a decidedly spiritual -- even downright religious -- place these days, as evidenced by the wide-eyed "Mina Loy," which uses a sinuous bass line to buoy its message of corporeal divestiture. While there's certainly a smattering of guitar on the disc, Corgan doesn't go out of his way to kick out the jams. Most of the songs rest on a bed of synthesizer and other keyboards -- with the odd string section thrown into the mix. For the most part, that's a good idea, but on a cover of the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody" -- which features a cameo by Cure frontman Robert Smith -- the syrup tends to get uncomfortably sticky. It's hard to carp too much, however, because Corgan is clearly trying so hard to be understood -- even, on songs like the hand-wringing "The Camera Eye," when such revelations might cast him in less-than-flattering light. And while Corgan spends plenty of time pondering the results of his past actions, The Future Embrace ultimately sounds like exactly what its title might indicate -- the first steps of a man eager to experience (and share) what's around the next corner.
- Release Date:
- Reprise / Wea
Performance CreditsBilly Corgan Primary Artist,Vocals,Sounds
Jimmy Chamberlin Drums
Robert Smith Guitar,Vocals
Brian Liesegang Noise
Bon Harris Sounds
Matt Walker Noise
Emilie Autumn Violin,Vocals
Technical CreditsRobin Gibb Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
Billy Corgan Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Bjorn Thorsrud Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Bon Harris Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Paul "P-Dub" Walton Engineer
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This album shows what can achevied when searching for a new path in life.The Future Embrace shows us the range of which Corgan is willing to experiment to keep creating music that will not fall into the norms of everyday rock.Though the album seems a bad collection of songs off the hat it is a challenge issued by Corgan to his fans, music lovers and even people who hated his old bands.This album makes points,feelings,thoughts and suggestions about Corgan's new path in life this virtually shows corgan bearing his heart in his swirl of music.The Future Embrace has a slight Cure feel about it as it features it frontman in one of the songs but also in the way this album builds its atmosphere.Many people find this record hard to bear because they reckon its because the music is terrible but probably because they are scared of music that could show them who they truly are inside for this music can bring up feelings from deep inside a person which tends to make people who live a lie feel uncomfortable.This album makes 40 something minutes of soul searching for both artist and the listener worthwhile for those who find music spiritually healing and not just something to bang your head to beat of. All in all this album is worth buying for those who love music.
I am a big fan of the Smashing Pumpkins and my favorite album is Machina and the Machines of God. I read some bad reviews about this album before I bought it from people comparing it to past Smashing Pumpkins albums. This album may not have the past grunge that some may want, but it is a very good melodic album and I believe that Billy Corgan as a solo artist can be just as big as the Smashing Pumpkins were because in my opinion he made that band the unique band it was.I think this is a great change, people grow older and think differently every passing day, and if everything stayed the same forever people would grow tired of it. Nobody else sounds like Billy Corgan and if you enjoyed Machina, Adore and songs like Tonight Tonight, you will not be dissapointed at all with this album.
From one of the greatest bands in the 90's comes a great solo album. Every song, comes from the heart, and bleeds, with emotion.