Single Status Update
For Tachae, who hasn't heard this album yet.
Machina/The Machines of God, the 2000 album by The Smashing Pumpkins, is often forgotten by most of my friends and equals. The album after the disappointing Adore album, which lowered many opinions of the Pumpkins due to the lack of their drummer, Jimmy Chamberlin, and overabundence of poor songwriting, drum machines, synthisizers, and bald Corganisms created a rift between isolated, trendy former fans and a falling-apart band led by a delusional and overbearing lead singer.
But I do not come to praise Machina. No, I come to bury it. Some things are called "underground" for a reason, because they should be left there. Where do you put coffins? Where do worms live? Simple as children's television, but I digress.
Corgan's first mistake was to attempt a concept album when most of his fan base was against him, wanting him to grow back his hair and bleed out emotional verses with a blistering, well-produced wall of sound and a multitude of musical styles. The concept remains unfinished even, as the poorly designed "chapters" of the concept (poorly distributed as well) havn't even been finished five years from the release.
Corgan's second mistake was to rely on Mark "Flood" Ellis again, instead of a new producer to add a fresh sound. The album's guitars are reverbed, delayed, and sustained to the point that it's the audio equilivent of pound cake. Virgin Record's first mistake was to undermarket this deep fried mars bar of an album. I remember seeing little advertizements, and for what I did see, I don't remember caring. Call it a desensitized outlook, but an honest one.
What should've happened was that The Smashing Pumpkins should have disbanded after the Jon Melovin's death. Adore should have been released as an unreleased album, a la Brian Wilson's god-awful SMiLE album. Secondly, Machina and Machina II should have been released as a Corgan solo album.
Opinionated bullshit, you say? Underexperianced arrogant music criticism? No, just one thought on a poor album hyped by being compared by it's bad reveiws.
Goodnight, ladies and gentlemen.