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Machina / The Machines Of God

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Any record called MACHINA/The Machines of God couldn't be a pure rock album. The title suggests this is a concept album, which are at least a little progressive. As it happens, MACHINA is a lot progressive. Though it's damn near impossible to figure out the story line, the album plays like a concept album, with each track floating into the next, winding up with an album artier than Adore. That's not a liability, since the Smashing Pumpkins were always arty, yet Billy Corgan was very clever in camouflaging his artiness. "The Everlasting Gaze" rocks more overtly than anything on Adore, and the storybook-styled artwork deliberately evokes memories of Mellon Collie. Enthusiasts will find moments to admire throughout MACHINA, but ultimately, they might be disappointed with a record that crosses Mellon Collie with Adore without relying on the strengths of either. MACHINA appears to be ornately straightforward, yet as it progresses, it becomes increasingly insular. By the time it gets to "Heavy Metal Machine," designed as the record's crushing centerpiece, its weaknesses become apparent. "Heavy Metal Machine" should be a brutal, bruising experience, yet it's toothless, processed within an inch of its life. It becomes clear that the chief strength of the album is production. Not once does MACHINA ever feel like the work of a band; it feels as if it was painstakingly assembled by Corgan and Flood. The Smashing Pumpkins have always been Corgan's band, but they've never sounded like a solo vehicle the way that they do here.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
The Everlasting Gaze
00:04:00

Billy Corgan, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Roger Lian, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jimmy Chamberlin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Howard Willing, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjorn Thorsrud, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D'Arcy Wretzky, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Iha, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Ferris, Producer, Executive Producer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records America, Inc. and The Smashing Pumpkins ℗ 2000 Virgin Records

2
Raindrops + Sunshowers
00:04:39

Billy Corgan, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jimmy Chamberlin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Howard Willing, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjorn Thorsrud, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D'Arcy Wretzky, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Iha, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records America, Inc. and The Smashing Pumpkins ℗ 2000 Virgin Records America Inc and The Smashing Pumpkins

3
Stand Inside Your Love
00:04:14

Billy Corgan, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Flood, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Roger Lian, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jimmy Chamberlin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Howard Willing, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjorn Thorsrud, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D'Arcy Wretzky, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Iha, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Ferris, Producer, Executive Producer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records America, Inc. and The Smashing Pumpkins ℗ 2000 Virgin Records

4
I Of The Mourning
00:04:37

Billy Corgan, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jimmy Chamberlin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Howard Willing, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjorn Thorsrud, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D'Arcy Wretzky, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Iha, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records America, Inc. and The Smashing Pumpkins ℗ 2000 Virgin Records America Inc and The Smashing Pumpkins

5
The Sacred And Profane
00:04:22

Billy Corgan, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jimmy Chamberlin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Howard Willing, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjorn Thorsrud, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D'Arcy Wretzky, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Iha, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records America, Inc. and The Smashing Pumpkins ℗ 2000 Virgin Records America Inc and The Smashing Pumpkins

6
Try, Try, Try
00:05:09

Billy Corgan, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Flood, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Roger Lian, Editor, StudioPersonnel - Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jimmy Chamberlin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Howard Willing, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjorn Thorsrud, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D'Arcy Wretzky, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Iha, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Ferris, Producer, Executive Producer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records America, Inc. and The Smashing Pumpkins ℗ 2000 Virgin Records America Inc and The Smashing Pumpkins

7
Heavy Metal Machine
00:05:52

Billy Corgan, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jimmy Chamberlin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Howard Willing, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjorn Thorsrud, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D'Arcy Wretzky, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Iha, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records America, Inc. and The Smashing Pumpkins ℗ 2000 Virgin Records America Inc and The Smashing Pumpkins

8
This Time
00:04:43

Billy Corgan, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jimmy Chamberlin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Howard Willing, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjorn Thorsrud, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D'Arcy Wretzky, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Iha, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records America, Inc. and The Smashing Pumpkins ℗ 2000 Virgin Records America Inc and The Smashing Pumpkins

9
The Imploding Voice
00:04:24

Billy Corgan, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jimmy Chamberlin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Howard Willing, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjorn Thorsrud, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D'Arcy Wretzky, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Iha, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records America, Inc. and The Smashing Pumpkins ℗ 2000 Virgin Records America Inc and The Smashing Pumpkins

10
Glass And The Ghost Children
00:09:56

Billy Corgan, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jimmy Chamberlin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Howard Willing, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjorn Thorsrud, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D'Arcy Wretzky, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Iha, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records America, Inc. and The Smashing Pumpkins ℗ 2000 Virgin Records America Inc and The Smashing Pumpkins

11
Wound
00:03:58

Billy Corgan, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jimmy Chamberlin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Howard Willing, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjorn Thorsrud, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D'Arcy Wretzky, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Iha, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records America, Inc. and The Smashing Pumpkins ℗ 2000 Virgin Records America Inc and The Smashing Pumpkins

12
The Crying Tree Of Mercury
00:03:43

Billy Corgan, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jimmy Chamberlin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Howard Willing, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjorn Thorsrud, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D'Arcy Wretzky, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Iha, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records America, Inc. and The Smashing Pumpkins ℗ 2000 Virgin Records America Inc and The Smashing Pumpkins

13
With Every Light
00:03:56

Billy Corgan, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Garson, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jimmy Chamberlin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Howard Willing, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjorn Thorsrud, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D'Arcy Wretzky, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Iha, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records America, Inc. and The Smashing Pumpkins ℗ 2000 Virgin Records America Inc and The Smashing Pumpkins

14
Blue Skies Bring Tears
00:05:45

Billy Corgan, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jimmy Chamberlin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Howard Willing, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjorn Thorsrud, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D'Arcy Wretzky, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Iha, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records America, Inc. and The Smashing Pumpkins ℗ 2000 Virgin Records America Inc and The Smashing Pumpkins

15
Age Of Innocence
00:03:55

Billy Corgan, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ALAN MOULDER, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Smashing Pumpkins, MainArtist - Jimmy Chamberlin, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Howard Willing, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bjorn Thorsrud, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - D'Arcy Wretzky, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - James Iha, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2000 Virgin Records America, Inc. and The Smashing Pumpkins ℗ 2000 Virgin Records America Inc and The Smashing Pumpkins

Album Description

Any record called MACHINA/The Machines of God couldn't be a pure rock album. The title suggests this is a concept album, which are at least a little progressive. As it happens, MACHINA is a lot progressive. Though it's damn near impossible to figure out the story line, the album plays like a concept album, with each track floating into the next, winding up with an album artier than Adore. That's not a liability, since the Smashing Pumpkins were always arty, yet Billy Corgan was very clever in camouflaging his artiness. "The Everlasting Gaze" rocks more overtly than anything on Adore, and the storybook-styled artwork deliberately evokes memories of Mellon Collie. Enthusiasts will find moments to admire throughout MACHINA, but ultimately, they might be disappointed with a record that crosses Mellon Collie with Adore without relying on the strengths of either. MACHINA appears to be ornately straightforward, yet as it progresses, it becomes increasingly insular. By the time it gets to "Heavy Metal Machine," designed as the record's crushing centerpiece, its weaknesses become apparent. "Heavy Metal Machine" should be a brutal, bruising experience, yet it's toothless, processed within an inch of its life. It becomes clear that the chief strength of the album is production. Not once does MACHINA ever feel like the work of a band; it feels as if it was painstakingly assembled by Corgan and Flood. The Smashing Pumpkins have always been Corgan's band, but they've never sounded like a solo vehicle the way that they do here.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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