Smashing Pumpkins – Machina / The Machines of God – CD

Smashing Pumpkins – Machina / The Machines of God – CD

Smashing Pumpkins - Machina The Machines of God - CDSmashing Pumpkins – Machina / The Machines of God – CD
(Virgin Records) I need to start off by stating that I’m not really a big fan of the Smashing Pumpkins. With that said, I love this CD. The release kicks off with fuzzed out guitars and they don’t stop until the last note. Most the songs are hard rockin’ with a few on the poppy side. I was pleasantly surprised on a couple of the cuts because they sounded like they were heavily influenced by early Cure. In fact, Billy puts Robert Smith to shame on songs of misery. Glass And The Ghost Children, is a haunting tune that is divided in the middle by muddled conversation, piano and quiet static. When the song picks up again and Billy sings “She counted the spiders as they crawled up inside her” it was so disturbing that I could almost feel my skin bristle. The one review that I’ve read wasn’t so positive with this release. The reviewer’s biggest complaint was that Billy was so whiny. The only problem with that statement is that is the way Billy’s voice is in all his songs. Other than that I would have to say that this is one killer release and even though I’m not too keen on the person, I certainly respect the musician.
- Mite Mutant (2000)

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