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 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.

Product Details

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

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
Howard Willing   Engineer
Brad Wood   Producer,Engineer
Neil Perry   Engineer
Robbie Adams   Engineer
Bon Harris   Programming
Frank Olinsky   Art Direction
Jimmy Flemion   Producer
Yelena Yemchuk   Art Direction
Jeff Vereb   Engineer
Billy Flemion   Producer

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Adore 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On this album Billy Corgan reached deeper into his personal, inner workings and hit the pinnacle of his lyrical abilities. ''To Sheila,'' ''Behold! The Nightmare,'' and ''For Martha'' are all strong, lyrically driven ballads that would make Alanis Morissette cream in her pants.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The last two Smashing Pumpkins albums were great, and this is too. On Adore, the Pumpkins create a whole new sound, acoustic-electronia.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adore is very hypnotic, and extremely beautiful. Every single song on this album is a work of art, and I cannot possibly describe the way these songs make me feel. I would also recommend this album as a wonderful gift to someone who is dear to you. I will miss their presence in the music industry. My heart is forever broken.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adore is deffinitly not the greatest Pumpkins album because many songs feel like they duplicated themselves. While the songs on it that sound like lullabies are the great songs and the more heavier songs. The best songs are "Ava Adore" "Once Upon A time" "perfect" and "Dipheria Desends".
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the smashing pumpkins most uniqe aldums! It has acutic lullabys and raging songs like Ava Ado
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not a die hard Pumpkin fan, but I love this album. While it is not as commercially accessible as their other albums, this is their masterpiece, their ''White Album'', their ''Exile on Main Street'', their ''Sandinista''.
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