Adore Review

artist: smashing pumpkins date: 07/31/2006 category: compact discs
smashing pumpkins: Adore
Released: Jun 2, 1998
Genre: Rock
Number Of Tracks: 16
With Adore, Smashing Pumpkins return to the forefront of rock to do a dance with a new partner. Instead of stadium-size bombast, Adore dials down the volume to lullaby level.
 Sound: 9.5
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 9.5
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overall: 10
Adore Reviewed by: ska soup4872, on february 12, 2005
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Sound: "Adore" is more of a crazy acid trip album than a hard rock one, but that doesn't mean it's any worse than the others. "Adore" is an un-precedented rock album that really displays the darker side of the band. Jimmy was out during this album, so most of it is either programmed or guest drummers that are really good but could never fill Jimmy's shoes. Sound varies from song to song, mellow during "Perfect," angry during "Pug," and dreamy during "The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete." An amazing array of moods definitely pushes "Adore" the extra mile. // 10

Lyrics: Incredible lyrics (as always) displayed by Billy Corgan. Even though Billy's voice might set some of you off at first, you'll grow to love it, I promise. Other Pumpkins' fans know that he is an amazing song writer, and his reputation remains strong throughout all of Adore. // 10

Overall Impression: It makes me sad to know that most people didn't like "Adore" and that it hurt the Pumpkins' sale of "Machina" due to it's lack of hard rock songs and crazy guitar licks. Don't listen! This album is as good as any of the others, and is perfect for those "rainy" days. // 10

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overall: 9.3
Adore Reviewed by: Geek_Aus, on july 31, 2006
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: "Adore" is a real turn-around from the Pumpkins previous electric guitar and distortion-heavy work. Recorded with drum machines and studio drummers, marking the departure of Jimmy from the band, "Adore" also marks a significant change in the Pumpkins sound and the direction of the album. The songs are generally longer and have a somewhat spooky yet calming edge. Blazing electric guitar is present sometimes during the album; it comes in about halfway through "For Martha." // 9

Lyrics: Excellent lyrics as usually can be expected from Billy. "For Martha" is dedicated to his mother, following her death, so you just know it will be very deep and personal, as are the majority of his lyrics. His voice is just as Billy as ever; in my opinion he has the ability to make it soft, soothing, calm and vulnerable, then suddenly break out into a heart-wrenching scream. His voice blends well with the music: in "Shame" it almost sounds as if his voice is an instrument because it works so well. // 10

Overall Impression: My personal favourites from Adore are "Ava Adore," "Pug" and "Annie-Dog." Although it took me a while to really get into the album, I would definitely buy it again if anything at all were to happen to it. However, it shouldn't be compared to other Pumpkins albums, as it is different and in a league of its own. What thing that does bug me though, is the length of the songs, as they do tend to drag on after a while. Despite these minor glitches, "Adore" is a supremely superb album. // 9

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