The Smashing Pumpkins Adore is a sharp departure from the bands heavy-handed past. With the departure of drummer Jimmy Chamberlain, the trio was forced to work up the new tracks with sequencers and drum machines. This working atmosphere seems to have inspired Billy Corgan, because the resulting album is challenging in a way that no other Pumpkin effort has been. With hints of Lou and the Velvets, as well as some Eno atmospherics, Adore’s softer delivery pulls you in to the tracks, and makes for a gorgeous, intimate album.
Highlight tracks are ‘To Sheila’, ‘Shame’, ‘The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete’, and ‘Behold! The Night Mare’.