Pumpkins - MACHINA: The Machines of God
Pumpkins Return to Rock
Corgan and the gang are back, revitalized and kicking out
the tunes like the glory days before Adore,
their album in 1998 that was judged a flop. Amidst controversy
and problems the band plunges forward, getting back to what
they did best: make great music with powered up guitars and
drums and Corgan belting out the vocals in his unique melodic
listening to this album for the first time there is one definite
wandering around for the last couple of years,
the Smashing Pumpkins are trying to find themselves again.
With Jimmy Chamberlin's return after being fired for drug
problems, and Hole's bassist, Melissa Auf der Maur, replacing
D'arcy Wretzky the band was able to pull together and crank
the reoccurring theme of Love, Drugs and God, Corgan gives
the listener 73 minutes of music that returns to the old form.
Getting back to the things that they do best, Smashing Pumpkins
finds their way back to the roots: play it hard, loud and
grungy; letting all the skeletons out of the closet putting
also brought back into the production works Flood, who helped
out on Melon collie and the infinite sadness, to help simplify
and find that winning sound. Everything that was lacking in
Adore seems to be making a slight appearance, maybe
Corgan was able to let some of his ego deflate a bit and listen
to others on what needs to be done.
the album is good, upon the first listening there was some
reservations to whether this album would cut the mustard after
the flop of Adore. After listening to it numerous,
and I mean numerous, the album tends to grow on you and present
itself as a winner. Corgan has not brought the band out of
the ashes, he has taken the right direction with MACHINA,
and is paving the way for future albums, he just needs to
shorten up the album, 73 minutes is a lot of listening.