Listening to MACHINA after almost one year once again...I always keep wondering if this album was meant to introduce the sound of rock music in the future, let's say in the year 2030...well these days, 10 years after, music buiz is closer to MACHINA sound than when it came out in 2000...this album is the most outstanding and remarkable Smashing Pumpkins album for it is such an anachronism (though MCIS is my favorite).
This is pure electro art rock. It wasn't well recieved by the critics and many fans, I needed almost 2 years myself to get in...but when you're inside the machine there's clearly no way out. It's an ocean of melodies and colors. This album is unique, I don't know any other songs or bands who sound like this, even today (please, get away with Silversun Pickups now, this is just itchy-pop to MACHINA and a horrible SP copy).
I wonder what critics would have said about this album if it was released today...Impressive, even with the 634th turn :-), very, very impressive! Seems like Billy WAS absolutley knowing what he was doing, but all the world ignored his effort as it did with the masterpiece Adore...there are still so many unknown accesspoints to original SP, even today, that I keep wondering if we'll ever get to the heart of the original Smashing Pumpkins' mystery. They really were the most outstanding, many-sided and brilliant rock band of it's decade! Long live the original Smsahing Pumpkins!!!