Post by Johnny_Hellzapoppin on Apr 30, 2018 14:11:30 GMT
I had Iron Man stuck in my head, so I thought I'd revisit the whole thing. What a work of art this is. I can't not give it a 10/10 and it is easily one of my favourite albums. I'm not even gonna do top tracks, as they are all pretty much bang on the money. I suppose "Electric Funeral" might be my least favourite, but this is along the lines of it being the least nice cake in a shop of lovely cakes, so no biggie.
Post by Johnny_Hellzapoppin on Jun 1, 2018 11:53:11 GMT
So this was released 20 years ago tomorrow and I would like to say it divided Pumpkins fans, but that would imply that 50% of them liked it, and I really do not think it was the case. After the rip-roaring commercial and critical successes that were Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie, this stripped back, almost entirely acoustic album seemed to alienate fans, and it was just too much of a change in sound for the majority, even if a good handful of songs from Mellon Collie, including 1979, would have fit well enough into Adore.The album did well enough critically and was a modest commercial success, but after the previous two albums, it was still considered a bit of a failure.
Personally, I have always adored it (pun fully intended). It is breathtakingly beautiful music, and lyrically it was the best stuff Corgan has ever written. Songs like Once Upon a Time, For Martha are not just two of the best songs Corgan ever wrote, they're two of the best songs anyone has ever written. In terms of popular music, the juxtaposition of extremely powerful lyrics against quiet and mellow sounds is something that has always worked for me, and I have never heard it work anywhere better than across the scope of this album. It's a wolf in lambs sheep's clothing.
I think time has thankfully been kind to this album, as it seems to have been re-evaluated massively in the eyes of Pumpkins fans, and I think the vast majority now see it as the masterwork it is.
Personally, I go back and forth, on which Pumpkins album is my favourite, but his is always one of the three I consider.
Top Tracks: Once Upon a Time, For Martha, Tear, Pug, Ava Adore, To Sheila…all of them pretty much.
10/10. Just listened to it and it immediately became one of my favorite rock/pop albums. Allegedly none of their later albums came close to this but I'll give some songs a listen and see if any of the later ones jump out at me.
Post by Johnny_Hellzapoppin on Jul 3, 2018 11:55:46 GMT
First listen in a very, very long time. I recalled it being grim, but man is this fucking grim. It just assaults your ears with misery and pain right from the get go; but I don't think misery has ever sounded so damn great. As much as I love "Closer" and consider it one of the best songs I've ever heard, I think "I Do Not Want This" is probably the best track on the album. "Hurt", one of the saddest but most beautiful songs ever written, is a top closer too.
Post by Johnny_Hellzapoppin on Sept 20, 2018 12:52:48 GMT
Is this the weakest album from the first incarnation of my favourite band? Well sure it is, but when your first 4 albums are all near perfect, if #5 even drops off a little, then it's going to seem really noticeable. I actually think, at 18 years old now, this album sounds very modern, and it deals with themes and tells stories via song that are always relevant, so its solid ageing is perhaps unsurprising.
The opening two thirds of the album are actually brilliant and up to the end of track ten, the perfectly pompous "Glass and the Ghost Children", I would rate this one a super strong 4.45/5, but the final third just doesn't do it as much for me, and drags my overall rating down a bit. 4.2/5 for an underrated work.
Post by Johnny_Hellzapoppin on Sept 25, 2018 10:15:51 GMT
This is a really solid debut for sure. It's very dancey and wears it's influences heavy (which isn't a problem). I like that it has a flow and a sense of coherency, but at the same time, it leaves it without a true standout track. I guess “The Only Time” is the closest it comes to that. The main negative, is that the clarity often given to Reznor's voice in the mix, at times shows A) his weaknesses as a vocalist and B) his weaknesses (at that point) as a lyricist.
Post by Johnny_Hellzapoppin on Oct 2, 2018 10:48:56 GMT
It always bums me out that this album isn't as remembered as some of the 60s greats, as it can stand with the majority of what the likes of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Stones and Beach Boys put out there. 10/10
Post by Johnny_Hellzapoppin on Oct 3, 2018 10:48:30 GMT
What a damn beautiful singer. She has to be considered one of the best ever. The arrangements on these songs is also brilliant for the most part. It really is near perfect stuff, but unfortunately I don't care for "In the Land of Make Believe" enough to drop it a point. 9/10