MACHINA/the machines of God

  • Record Label: Virgin
  • Release Date: Feb 29, 2000
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. At nearly an hour and a quarter, the album does feel a little long, especially when it falls prey to the ponderousness that made Adore drag...
  2. MACHINA/the machines of God is, mostly, a wonderful rock album.
  3. Checkout.com
    80
    The album is not without its flaws (some of the songs are less than memorable, and as always, the proceedings are dampened somewhat by Corgan's nasal drone of a voice), but it's a welcome return to form for one of music's original alt-rock heroes.
  4. From its thunderous beginning to its quiet, echoing end, MACHINA/the machines of God is perfect dancing-in-the-dark-with-yourself-'cause-you-have-angst-in-your-pants music.
  5. The songs go back to the basics of would-be hit singles: riffs, hooks, bridges, choruses, often with voice and guitar tossing the same short phrase back and forth. Corgan hasn't radically changed his songwriting; he still goes for anthems, riff rockers and dirges. But there are no more fantasy epics or muses named Daphne, and there's hardly a keyboard to be heard. Guitars rule: distorted electrics and hard-strummed acoustics, sitarlike drones and orchestral reverberations, tolling Pink Floyd tones, and jabbing, wriggling leads, with plenty of echoes of the Cure and U2.
  6. 70
    The record does go on a bit long, flagging at the end. But there are enough wonderful songs on this disc to knock at least a couple of boy bands off the radio.
  7. 70
    Confused and lapsed Pumpkins fans have reasons to rejoice... this is a necessary, welcome return. Unfortunately, MACHINA does linger a bit too long on the softer side of things. But every time the tempo veers towards screeching to a halt, there's a well-timed boost of adrenal sound.
  8. Producing an album that distorts time so each second is the temporal equivalent of War And Peace is almost a perverse triumph.
  9. Overall, MACHINA meanders due to a combination of amorphous songs and precisely detailed production.
  10. Everything about MACHINA is capital-I Important, with virtually every element delivered in gaudy excess?
  11. The heavy-handedness is as bald as Corgan's dome, and often just as unappetizing.
  12. 50
    Though never dragging its feet, it rarely stretches its creative muscles.
  13. Billy Corgan needs someone on his shoulder to whisper "no."
  14. 40
    Rather than highbrow art-rock, we just get a really pretentious heavy metal album.... the Pumpkins' worst album to date.
  15. On "Machina," the Pumpkins don't sound creatively bankrupt as much as they sound burned out, uninspired, and not living up to their potential.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. ChrisW
    Jan 6, 2006
    10
    This album is awesome. Had it for years and, if you listen to it really loud, it really shakes. I had it on in the car and I thought I was This album is awesome. Had it for years and, if you listen to it really loud, it really shakes. I had it on in the car and I thought I was going to flip. Owning this album is a must! Full Review »
  2. Joris
    Jun 25, 2005
    10
    This album really grows on you! The first year i thought it was their worst cd, now 5 years later (:p) I can honestly say this is their best This album really grows on you! The first year i thought it was their worst cd, now 5 years later (:p) I can honestly say this is their best after Siamese D and Mellon Collie. Another SP-album with a new sound uncomparabl to their previous work! Full of classics and so varied! Dream-pop like Wound or This Time Rockers as Heavy Metal Machina, Everlasting Gaze Epic SP tearjerker: Glass+The Ghost Children, one of their best songs ever, along with I Of The Mourning and then there's that awesome Stand Inside Your Love-bridge/drumsolo/outro starting at about 2:30 I believe Full Review »
  3. PierreB
    Feb 27, 2005
    9
    Don't listen to the critics. This is a great album!