It’s that time again… we got some interesting reviews again this week (keep sending them in). Here’s one that grabbed our attention:

Machina: the machines of God
The Smashing Pumpkins

Machina is a rock album with soul. The lyrics to all the songs are deep and meaningful, and the band experiments with a range of different instruments to support Billy Corgan’s signature (almost whiny) voice.

Without damaging the album’s flow, The Pumpkins explore various music genres. ‘The Everlasting Gaze’ has a relatively fast pace, and a hard edge to it, whereas ‘I of the Mourning’ (one of my favourite tracks) is slower and softer. Billy Corgan’s vocals range from heartless to heartbroken … he has complete control over the amount of emotion he expresses in his voice.

Overall, Machina is a brilliant album, but it just doesn’t compare to Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (another of The Smashing Pumpkins’ albums). Still, I would DEFINITELY recommend it.

~ Mereana, 13