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Adore is the fourth official studio album by Alternative Rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, released in late May or early June 1998.note  The LP edition, which was mono and used a different mix, followed a few months later on August 18. (Amongst other differences, the brief outro "17" was omitted and "For Martha" had a different arrangement that was about a minute shorter.)

Intended as the band's "electronic" or "gothic" album, it was regarded as a commercial disappointment on its release, only selling a portion of the previous two albums' sales (despite peaking at #2 on the Billboard 200 and topping charts in several countries), not to mention how it divided the fanbase. However, it has come to be regarded as somewhat Vindicated by History, as its stature has risen substantially over the years. It is now not uncommon to hear people cite this album alongside Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness as one of their favourites. (For what it's worth, the album received almost universally positive critical reviews when it was released, and band leader Billy Corgan himself predicted Adore would grow in stature after it had been out for awhile).

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The material on this album is substantially more subdued than the band's previous material, owing in large part to the fact that Corgan's mother had recently died of cancer, as well as to the fact that usual drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was not present on this album (having been temporarily kicked out of the band for drug abuse). It still has a wide stylistic range, though, but the territory covered is somewhat different from that of any other Smashing Pumpkins album, and it remains a unique entry in the band's discography. It actually manages to be both Lighter and Softer and Darker and Edgier than the band's other material at the same time: the metal elements of the band's other albums are almost completely absent, but it is more melancholy (ironically, considering the title of the band's previous album) in both its emotional and lyrical content. Speaking of lyrics, it's their only album for which Corgan wrote the lyrics before writing the melodies, and perhaps as a result, it is commonly regarded as their strongest album lyrically.

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September 23, 2014, as part of the band's campaign to reissue its discography from its original run, saw the release of a gargantuan box set collecting a remaster of the CD edition, a remaster of the mono vinyl mix (the first time it was released digitally), four CDs' worth of additional bonus content, and a bonus DVD featuring a contemporary live performance in its entirety. The bonus CDs (including the mono mix) were criticised for their sound quality, but apart from that, the bonus content was extremely well received, with some fans feeling that the live performances of the album's songs were a major improvement on the studio versions. In all, the box set has 108 tracks, which comprise nine hours and ten minutes of music.

Tracklist

  1. "To Sheila" (4:46)
  2. "Ava Adore" (4:21)
  3. "Perfect" (3:23)
  4. "Daphne Descends" (4:39)
  5. "Once Upon a Time" (4:06)
  6. "Tear" (5:53)
  7. "Crestfallen" (4:09)
  8. "Appels + Oranjes" (3:35)
  9. "Pug" (4:47)
  10. "The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete" (4:35)
  11. "Annie-Dog" (3:38)
  12. "Shame" (6:40)
  13. "Behold! The Night Mare" (5:13)
  14. "For Martha" (8:18)
  15. "Blank Page" (4:58)
  16. "17" (0:17)

    Vinyl edition / reissue disc 2 
  1. "To Sheila" (4:39)
  2. "Ava Adore" (4:25)
  3. "Perfect" (3:29)
  4. "Daphne Descends" (4:43)
  5. "Once Upon a Time" (4:07)
  6. "Tear" (5:52)
  7. "Crestfallen" (3:56)
  8. "Appels + Oranjes" (3:39)
  9. "Pug" (4:48)
  10. "The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete" (4:34)
  11. "Annie-Dog" (3:39)
  12. "Shame" (6:39)
  13. "Behold! The Night Mare" (5:13)
  14. "For Martha" (7:07)
  15. "Blank Page" (4:50)

    Additional reissue bonus discs 
Disc 3 - In a State of Passage
  1. "Blissed and Gone (Sadlands demo)" (4:17)
  2. "Christmastime (Sadlands demo)" (3:27)
  3. "My Mistake (Sadlands demo)" (4:51)
  4. "Sparrow (Sadlands demo)" (2:55)
  5. "Valentine (Sadlands demo)" (4:22)
  6. "The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete (Sadlands demo)" (5:24)
  7. "What If? (Streeterville demo)" (3:28)
  8. "Chewing Gum (CRC demo)" (3:00)
  9. "The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete (CRC demo)" (5:01)
  10. "The Ethers Tragic (instrumental/2014 mix/CRC demo)" (2:49)
  11. "The Guns of Love Disastrous (instrumental/2014 mix/CRC demo)" (2:04)
  12. "Annie-Dog (take 10/CRC demo)" (3:25)
  13. "Once in a While (2014 mix/CRC demo)" (3:34)
  14. "Do You Close Your Eyes When You Kiss Me? (CRC demo)" (3:07)
  15. "For Martha (take 1/CRC demo)" (7:20)
  16. "My Mistake (take 1/CRC demo)" (4:00)
  17. "Blissed and Gone (CRC demo)" (3:30)
  18. "For Martha (take 2/instrumental/CRC demo)" (5:40)

Disc 4 - Chalices, Palaces, and Deep Pools

  1. "For Martha (symphonic snippet/instrumental)" (2:40)
  2. "Crestfallen (Matt Walker reimagined/2014)" (3:39)
  3. "To Sheila (early banjo version)" (4:25)
  4. "Ava Adore (Puffy Combs remix 1998)" (4:37)
  5. "O Rio (instrumental/Sadlands demo)" (2:28)
  6. "Waiting (Adore outtake)" (3:49)
  7. "Once Upon a Time (Sadlands demo)" (4:21)
  8. "Eye (2014 mix/from the 'Lost Highway' soundtrack)" (4:55)
  9. "Saturnine (for piano and voice)" (3:47)
  10. "Cash Car Star (Matt Walker reimagined/2014)" (4:01)
  11. "Pug (Matt Walker reimagined/2014)" (4:35)
  12. "Perfect (no strings version)" (3:24)
  13. "It's Alright (instrumental/Adore outtake)" (4:21)
  14. "Czarina (take 1/Adore outtake)" (3:57)
  15. "Indecision (Sadlands demo)" (2:43)
  16. "Blank Page (early version)" (4:58)

Disc 5 - Malice, Callous, and Fools

  1. "Let Me Give the World to You (Adore outtake)" (4:20)
  2. "Tear (from digital transfer)" (5:53)
  3. "Cross (Adore outtake)" (4:54)
  4. "Because You Are (Adore B-Side)" (3:51)
  5. "Jersey Shore (Sadlands demo)" (3:41)
  6. "Shame (take 1)" (4:55)
  7. "Summer (instrumental/Adore outtake)" (3:09)
  8. "Blissed and Gone (drone version)" (5:11)
  9. "Heaven (instrumental/Sadlands demo)" (4:03)
  10. "Daphne Descends (Matt Walker reimagined/2014)" (5:11)
  11. "Saturnine (Matt Walker Reimagined/2014)" (3:58)
  12. "Behold! The Night Mare (alternate vocal)" (4:59)
  13. "Perfect (acoustic demo/Adore outtake)" (3:19)
  14. "Do You Close Your Eyes? (Adore outtake)" (4:23)
  15. "The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning" (5:00)

Disc 6 - Kissed Alive Too

  1. "Ava Adore (live/Sao Paulo session)" (4:47)
  2. "Daphne Descends (live/Sao Paulo Session)" (4:28)
  3. "The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete (live/Sao Paulo Session)" (4:42)
  4. "Tear (live/Sao Paulo session)" (7:01)
  5. "Shame (live with Mancow/chicago)" (4:19)
  6. "Blank Page (live with Mancow/Chicago)" (7:52)
  7. "To Sheila (live/Nashville/Ryman Auditorium)" (7:17)
  8. "Money (That's What I Want) (live/Los Angeles/Dodger Stadium)" (3:31)
  9. "X.Y.U. Medley (live/Los Angeles/Dodger Stadium)" (11:20)note 
  10. "Transmission (live/Chicago/rehearsal)" (12:52)

DVD - Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA, August 4, 1998

  1. "Intro" (1:00)
  2. "To Sheila" (7:11)
  3. "Behold! The Night Mare" (5:16)
  4. "Pug" (5:06)
  5. "Crestfallen" (4:30)
  6. "Ava Adore" (5:41)
  7. "Tear" (9:59)
  8. "Annie-Dog" (4:27)
  9. "Perfect" (3:35)
  10. "Thru the Eyes of Ruby" (10:15)
  11. "Tonight, Tonight" (4:19)
  12. "Once Upon a Time" (4:37)
  13. "The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete" (10:20)
  14. "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" (5:30)
  15. "Shame" (9:17)
  16. "For Martha" (8:25)
  17. "Blank Page" (9:48)
  18. "Transmission" (25:52)

Personnel

  • Billy Corgan: vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards
  • James Iha: vocals, guitar
  • D'arcy Wretzky: bass guitar
  • Matt Walker, Matt Cameron, Joey Waronker: drums
  • Dennis & Jimmy Flemion: vocals


17 tropes are all you need:

  • Cover Version: None on the album proper, but the bonus discs include multiple covers of Joy Division's "Transmission", taken to several times its original length, as well as Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)" (probably better known in The Beatles' version, though). The "X.Y.U. Medley" on disc 6 also features a partial cover of new wave band Romeo Void's song "Never Say Never".
  • Darker and Edgier/Lighter and Softer: This album manages to be both tropes at once. When taken as a whole, it's much, much more subdued musically than the band's previous work (and, for that matter, anything they did afterward). However, from an emotional and lyrical standpoint, it's definitely much darker overall, owing in part to Corgan's Creator Breakdown while it was being made.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The album art. The vinyl edition and the reissue avert this, though; the cover artwork for both versions (which is very similar, though not completely identical) has a lot of red.
  • Epic Rocking: "For Martha" is 8:17 in the stereo mix (still 7:07 in the mono mix). "Shame" is 6:41, and "Tear" nearly qualifies at 5:54. The bonus material on the box set often falls into this, too:
    • "For Martha (take 1/CRC demo)" (7:20); "Tear (live/Sao Paulo session)" (7:01), "Blank Page (live with Mancow/Chicago)" (7:52), "To Sheila (live/Nashville/Ryman Auditorium)" (7:17), "X.Y.U. Medley (live/Los Angeles/Dodger Stadium)" (11:20), "Transmission (live/Chicago/rehearsal)" (12:52), and on the DVD, "To Sheila" (7:11), "Tear" (9:59), "Thru the Eyes of Ruby" (10:15), "The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete" (10:20), "Shame" (9:17), "For Martha" (8:25), "Blank Page" (9:48), and, taking the cake by far, "Transmission", at... *drumroll* 25:52.
  • Excited Show Title!: "Behold! The Night Mare"
  • Gaia's Lament: Discussed briefly in "Appels + Oranjes".
    What if the sun refused to shine?
    What if the clouds refused to rain?
    What if the wind refused to blow?
    What if the seas refused to wave?
    What if the world refused to turn?
    What if the stars would hesitate?
  • Grief Song: "For Martha" and "Once Upon a Time" directly reference Corgan's mother. Several other songs, such as "Tear", also qualify.
  • Inherited Illiteracy Title: "Appels + Oranjes"
  • Loudness War: Unfortunately, this affected the reissue pretty badly, especially the bonus material (the album itself is DR8 with a tolerable amount of clipping, while the bonus material tends to be around DR5 with a lot of clipping). Strangely, it's not much of a problem on the live DVD, which instead has the problem of having its audio track encoded as 192kbps AC3, meaning that frequencies above 16 kHz are cut off.
  • Meaningless Meaningful Words: As beautiful and tearjerking as "To Sheila" is, looking at the lyrics on their own reveals that it essentially sounds like Corgan put together lots of words that sounded nice.
    Twilight fades
    Through blistered Avalon
    The sky’s cruel torch
    On aching Autobahn
  • Miniscule Rocking: "17" is a seventeen-second piano instrumental (excerpted from "Blissed and Gone") with No Ending.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Most versions of "17" aren't actually seventeen seconds long due to silence being added during mixing/mastering, but they were supposed to be.
  • Obligatory Bondage Song: Possible interpretations of "Pug" and "Annie-Dog". They take drastically different views of the subject, and they're practically on opposite sides of the spectrum; "Pug" is on the Safe, Sane, and Consensual side while "Annie-Dog" is on the Bondage Is Bad side.
  • 108: Perhaps coincidental, but as mentioned above, the remastered box set has 108 tracks.
  • The Oner: The music video for "Ava Adore" was shot as one long take, notably using both slow and fast motion while the camera appears to be at a consistent speed. This was reportedly quite a bear to pull off, with the required calculations for the speed changes causing massive delays that almost convinced the band to call off the video altogether.
  • One-Woman Song: "To Sheila", "For Martha".
  • One-Word Title: "Adore", "Perfect", "Pug", "Tear", "Shame", "17".
  • Pun-Based Title: The album's title is a pun on "a door". Nearly nobody got this until Corgan explained it.
  • Record Producer: Billy Corgan, Flood, Brad Wood.
  • Rearrange the Song: When performed live, the songs from this album tended to be a lot more guitar-based. In other words, they sounded a lot more like people expected Smashing Pumpkins songs to sound. One wonders if the album would have sold better if the live arrangements had been used on the album.

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