Virgin Records America
Release date
5 Apr 2005
Running length
16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 To Sheila 4:45 172,667
2 Ava Adore 4:21 406,790
3 Perfect 3:26 352,975
4 Daphne Descends 4:38 150,756
5 Once Upon a Time 4:05 142,179
6 Tear 5:52 136,788
7 Crestfallen 4:08 138,142
8 Appels + Oranjes 3:34 113,510
9 Pug 4:46 133,830
10 The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete 4:34 102,489
11 Annie-Dog 3:37 120,302
12 Shame 6:38 117,440
13 Behold! The Night Mare 5:12 101,185
14 For Martha 8:15 118,575
15 Blank Page 4:57 117,425
16 17 0:19 6,998

About this album

Adore is the fourth studio album by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. Virgin Records released the album on June 2, 1998 in the United States. Adore marked a change in sound for The Smashing Pumpkins; Greg Kot of Rolling Stone magazine noted that the album “isn’t just a transitional record; it’s a complete break with the past.” Their previously layered, guitar-oriented sound was largely replaced by a quieter and more electronic influenced sound, and incorporated drum machines and synthesizers. For the release, the band shed their alternative hipster image for a more subdued Gothic look. Billy admitted in his blog to taking “copius quantites of ecstasy” when beginning writing demoes for the album at his home after the Mellon Collie tour.

Despite being called “one of the most anticipated albums of 1998” by MTV, Adore sold only 1.1 million copies in the U.S., far below the Pumpkins’ previous albums Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. However, the album was well received by critics, and became the third straight Pumpkins album to be nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance. Billy Corgan would later characterize the album as “a band falling apart.”

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  • Lolah_Collins

    “isn’t just a transitional record; it’s a complete break with the past.” I Agreed, Greg Kot of Rolling Stone magazine. :|

    10 May 12:07am Reply
  • LuizFellype

    Esse álbum é sadness puro.

    26 Feb 4:38pm Reply
  • Cassandra-Leo

    The reissue of this is revelatory. I think my favourite part is the live DVD. If these songs had sounded more like their live arrangements the album probably would have done better commercially, though I like the versions we got as well.

    30 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Cassandra-Leo

    I can't decide whether this or Siamese Dream is my favourite Pumpkins album

    29 Nov 2014 Reply
  • mandybula1995

    Превосходно, самое лучшее заигрывание с электроникой из плеяды альт рока, наверное самая любимая их работа после "эпической Меланхолии"

    9 Jul 2014 Reply
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    16 Mar 2014 Reply
  • maandie

    this is one of my favorite albums ever

    8 Jan 2014 Reply
  • stevebolander

    a more radio-friendly brand of Pumpkins, but my favourite of theirs all the same.

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • javos_90

    I think, the best of The Smashing Pumpkins :). Annie-Dog, Crestfallen are almost perfect :DD

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Theodozy

    I'm discovering day by day how perfect is this album. I love all the songs, I'm never fed up with this hypnotizing sound, of lyrics, of little silences. For me in the top before Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • xelene_x

    One of their best albums, no doubt. To me it was always mystifying how much people hated it, as there was nothing in 1998 that sounded like this. This was the pinnacle of the band, I think; Machina I and II are pretty great, but Adore has an economy of sound in its own sphere reminiscent of Siamese Dream.

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • marieaugustine

    Best album

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Omega_Switch22B

    Mellon Collie is their best imo, but this will always be my favorite from them.

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • inphanta

    Not as good as what preceded it (not to say that it's not very good in it's own right), but certainly much better than everything that followed. It was certainly the last "honest" album.

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Xd3rr1kX

    Best album. Come at me.

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Tymbolic

    My favorite Pumpkins album these days.

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • deedee_dexter

    Perfect album, from beginning to end

    5 Jul 2013 Reply
  • MandyMcDowell

    so perfetc

    3 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Zamfir

    15 years on I listen to it and it just opens a can of tears. Pure beauty.

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Sharenge

    Dem feels....

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
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