By Steven Pukin
Click on the linked songs to hear real audio clips.
Adore is exactly what the title of this article claims it to be, brave new pumpkins. It is the Pumpkins first album in three years, and it was well worth wait. The album is an eclectic masterpiece, that varies from soft piano-bass tunes to the powerful electronic beats and samples. Adore is not acoustic or electronic album, it is a mix of both elements. The album begins with soft and amazingly beautiful, "To Sheila", which sets the tone for the album. Unlike its predecessors, the album exchanges screaming distortion guitars for acoustic guitars, delay effects on electric guitars, piano, and synthetic drums. The whole album is not synthetic though, drums on the album were also by Matt Walker-the former Pumpkins touring drummer, Matt Cameron-former Soundgarden drummer, and Joey Waronker-Beck's drummer. The album continues with the electronic "Ava Adore", which is a pumping thrill ride, and is almost guaranteed to be a hit. The electronic beats are also very noticeable in "Perfect"-a title which pretty well describes the song, "Appels + Oranjes"- which sweeps you up from its start,and the almost new wave "Pug". On the acoustic end of the spectrum comes the piano-bass song- "Annie-Dog", which has obvious metaphors about drug use and the perils that come with it. The album has a lot of haunting sounds as in "Behold! The Night Mare", a song very prominently about death. As Billy Corgan as been quoted as saying this album uses good use of "space", as in "Tear" which for the first verse is just a light computer beat but breaks into an electric gem. The song that seems the most influenced by Jimmy Chamberlain's departure is "Shame", which seems to be about the former drummer with lines like "You know you made us cry". The album ends with epic "For Martha" which sports the only guitar solo on the album, and the soft beauty-"Blank Page". The final track, "17", seems to be a tease of the album that is suppose to begin recording in September, since the full song was played live with lyrics and much more than the 17 second piano clip gives away. Adore is about love and loss, and all its facets. This album is pure Pumpkin genius.
I give Adore, 9 out of 10.
Josh Provost's SPAA was shut down due to the recent crackdown on MP3s.
An Editorial By David Pukin
It started with videos and David R. Cho's site-in other words the RIAA. They said that full length videos hinder record sales. The newest crack down by the RIAA is Mp3's. This crack down led to Koh Shan Pin's(Soma) university revoking his right to host people on his server. This included our site and the popular Smashing Pumpkins Audio Archive(run by Josh Provost). SPAA was of course the site who had the Mp3's that the RIAA wanted to get rid of. Unlike the RIAA I believe that Mp3's are beneficial to an extent. It should be alright for fan sites to have Mp3's online. The Mp3's give fans a chance to hear new songs from their favorite artist, possibly before the album is released. This would entice fans to buy the new album. not stop them from doing so. On the other hand, there are sites that have large Mp3 archives full of different artists' songs, which is just piracy. In general though, I believe that Mp3's are truly for the fans. If they are used for this purpose, people like the RIAA shouldn't penalize the fan sites for the abuse that may occur within the some general sites whose purpose is to put up large Mp3 archives for several artists and so on. The fans are the ones that ultimately suffer.
By Steven Pukin
The Smashing Pumpkins began their tour in May with tour dates in Europe and an opener spot for Cheap Trick at the Chicago Cabaret Metro. The Hamburg, Germany show which is pictured above was just one of the unconvential shows. To hear what was brodcasted of the show, click here. Other shows included a secret gig in Sydney,Australia and a concert outside the Guggenheim. But even bigger things are to come including their North American charity tour, where 100% of the revenues go to local youth charities. Also, they will be playing a 10th anniversary show in Chicago, an appearance on Muchmusic's Intimate and Interactive, and a free show in Minneapolis for the Aquatennial Festival. I will have a indept reports/reviews of the show when I come from back from the Minneapolis free concerts, so watch out for that. After the small tour, the Pumpkins will return to the recording studio in September to record their fifth album. With all this coming up this summer from the Pumpkins, the summer of '98 will for sure be the summer of the Pumpkins.
-According to sources, "Perfect" will be the next single off Adore in August '98 -On July 17,1998, SP will hold a free concert to kick off the Minneapolis Aquatennial -The Pumpkins will be on Muchmusic's Intimate & Interactive on July 19,1998 in support of the new album, Adore -The Pumpkins will start recording the follow up album to Adore in September '98