Monday, June 25, 2012

Smashing Pumpkins - Machina/The Machines of God

You know how sometimes you'll see a movie in the dollar theater that everyone tells you is awful, only you enjoy it because you didn't invest too much into it and went in with low expectations? That's Machina (That phenomenon also describes why I kinda like Hancock). I heard it was awful before buying it for a dollar on the Cambodian black market. I just wanted to own all the Pumpkins albums, so I picked it up out of duty if nothing else and was pleasantly surprised.

I won't say that Machina/The Machines of God is up there with Mellon Collie or even Adore. Some parts of this album are boring, but some of them are good enough to be part of the Smashing Pumpkins canon if there is such a thing. "The Everlasting Gaze" and "Try Try Try" are decent songs and they, along with a couple others, should satisfy the Pumpkins faithful. The rest of the album sounds disjointed and unfocused, which isn't surprising because the band was literally falling apart during the recording of this album. Take Machina for what it is.

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