Machina/The Machines of God

Virgin Records America
Release date
28 Feb 2000
Running length
15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Everlasting Gaze 4:01 222,171
2 Raindrops + Sunshowers 4:38 85,020
3 Stand Inside Your Love 4:12 252,965
4 I Of The Mourning 4:36 85,392
5 The Sacred And Profane 4:21 82,928
6 Try, Try, Try 5:07 138,501
7 Heavy Metal Machine 5:51 80,201
8 This Time 4:42 79,043
9 The Imploding Voice 4:23 73,298
10 Glass And The Ghost Children 9:53 69,080
11 Wound 3:58 73,450
12 The Crying Tree Of Mercury 3:43 65,544
13 With Every Light 3:55 68,963
14 Blue Skies Bring Tears 5:44 67,447
15 Age Of Innocence 3:54 77,780

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Machina/The Machines of God is the fifth album by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, released on February 29, 2000 by Virgin Records. A concept album, it marked the return of drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and was intended to be the band’s final official LP release prior to their first breakup in 2000. A sequel album—Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music—was later released independently via the Internet.

As with its predecessor Adore, Machina represented a drastic image and sound change for the band that failed to reconnect the band with chart-topping success. However, after the relatively brief Adore tour, the new lineup featuring Chamberlin and former Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Maur mounted longer international tours that returned the live incarnation of the band to guitar-driven hard rock territory.

After the Adore tour ended in the second semester of 1998, Billy Corgan immediately began to work on new material, debuting new songs as early as October of that year.That same month, the four original band members convened, and it was decided that Jimmy Chamberlin would rejoin the band, and that a final album and tour would be mounted before the group disbanded permanently. Corgan envisioned a lengthy concept album in conjunction with a musical theater approach to a tour, based around the idea of the band playing exaggerated versions of themselves, as the press and public seemed to view them.

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  • Modeeestas

    Why this isn't on Spotify?

    2 Jul 2:55pm Reply
  • Cassandra-Leo

    I really wonder if the pre-mastered version floating around the internets would have gotten a better reception than that god-awful clip-happy mix that got released. There is some brilliant material on this album but it's almost impossible to hear over the atrocious production.

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Io8b

    I remember how alien, difficult, and almost unsettling this album used to be to me. But those are the best, because the songs never tire out, and the more you dive into it, the more the album slowly starts to reveal itself.

    5 Jul 2014 Reply
  • earthcrossing

    Love this album. I remember very strongly being lost in a magical world of ... essay writing for uni (yay!?) and listening to this and Machina II (definitely yay!!)

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
  • LineInOut

    the best album of all that I've ever heard

    12 Mar 2014 Reply
  • nanjamonja

    Poor mixing and uneven songs. Some really good stuff though.

    12 Mar 2014 Reply
  • miserific

    It was 3 bucks at my local record store. Now at the time I was quite hungry, I had 2 options: spend the 5 bucks in my pocket on something nice to eat, or buy this... I chose food. Later, I discovered I had another 5 bucks in my pocket and bought this. win win.

    28 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Lyrici17

    Underrated. [2] Worst? This is one of my favorites of theirs.

    8 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Aeroblus

    Underrated. I don't know what the fuck people says that is the worst album.

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Meloku666

    At the time of its release Machina meant the loss of alternative rock over nu metal, of course talking in a mainstrem sense. Highlights: "Stand Inside Your Love", "Heavy Metal Machine" & "Glass and the Ghost Children".

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • xxangelchanxx

    i forgot how much i love this album

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • borgy

    such a poorly mixed and mastered album.... i'm glad i'm not the only one who noticed.

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Dnwo

    This might be my favorite Pumpkins album. Like Ricro said, it is indeed magical... and it just brings me to a wonderful state of mind whenever I listen to it.

    12 Jul 2013 Reply
  • GabrielGc_

    The Imploding Voice ♥

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Ricro

    I guess Machina was their most magical album ... it´s as good as they got - the perfect sound for my ears ... I dont want to think about afterwards ... I just want to cherish this masterpiece

    20 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Fer_aeae

    The only album that is more underrated than this one is Machina II.

    13 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Ek90

    Vastly underrated.

    7 May 2012 Reply
  • ackers07

    Having a Machina day today. Also agree about the albums poor sound quality... first thing that turned me off about it... especially compared to the golden age mixing/mastering of SD. But seeing past that, this is quite an overlooked gem in the Pumpkins' work... a great farewell to the band and the cliches of the "grunge" era.

    9 Jan 2012 Reply
  • MikeCamp

    Does anyone else absolutely love this album? I don't understand all of the hate it always gets. It has so many great songs, some of which are my favorites from The Smashing Pumpkins.

    21 Dec 2011 Reply
  • theboredone

    The song's aren't bad but the mastering is awful! I can't help but feel the reason this album is regarded the way it is solely because of the way it sounds, it's so compressed, flat and lifeless + the is loads of clipping! In songs such as Raindrops most of the track is almost inaudible!

    28 Nov 2011 Reply
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