Machina: The Machines of God
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With the doubters hovering round his band following the rock-is-dead pronouncement that preceded the flawed electronic dabblings of Adore, Machina finds Billy Corgan desperate to prove everyone, not least himself, wrong. On their fifth album, the Pumpkins attempt to reclaim the higher ground they dominated with the peerless Siamese Dream and the sprawling 28-track opus Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. As a result, they hit the ground running on Machina, exploding into life with "The Everlasting Gaze" and its firestorm of guitars and heavy metaphysical thunder. There are some quintessential Pumpkins moments here, notably "Stand Inside Your Love," which soars away on a spiraling guitar solo, and "Try, Try, Try," which taps into Corgan's ever-present melancholy. At 73 minutes long, Machina overstays its welcome, beginning to flag, ironically, at the self-aggrandizing "Heavy Metal Machine." No matter--the Pumpkins have made their point with brutal grace. --Mike Pattenden

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tracklisting: Everlasting Gaze
Raindrops + Sunshowers
Stand Inside Your Love
I Of The Mourning
The Sacred And Profane
Try, Try, Try
Heavy Metal Machine
This Time
The Imploding Voice
Glass And The Ghost Children
The Crying Tree Of Mercury
With Every Light
Blue Skies Bring Tears
Age Of Innocence
title: Machina: The Machines of God
rating: 3
purchase date: 09-05-2005
published: 29-02-2000
price: $17.98
net Rating: 4
last lookup time: 137384464
fullTitle: Machina: The Machines of God
currentValue: $2.99
created: 137384448
country: us
aspect: Audio CD
asin: B000042OI4
artist: Smashing Pumpkins