TheFutureEmbrace - Billy Corgan
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  • Summary: The Smashing Pumpkins/Zwan leader's solo debut includes a cover of the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody." Jimmy Chamberlin and Robert Smith guest.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Some of the most engaging music of his career. [Aug 2005, p.172]
  2. TheFutureEmbrace is a bit colder than what's expected of Corgan, especially after Zwan's celebratory Mary Star Of The Sea, and it goes without saying that he's handed in his trendsetter badge. But the fact remains that he's a pop showman, and regardless of the vehicle, he's going to continue writing transcendent sing-along rock songs from the heart.
  3. The thing that's not missing here is songs. [18 Jun 2005]
  4. What The Future Embrace lacks in terms of consistency, it makes up for with the feeling that Corgan has turned a corner, that his return to musical credibility is well underway, and isn’t nearly as inconceivable as it was one year ago.
  5. Future mostly sounds like a bunch of so-so Smashing Pumpkins songs, stripped of everything except Corgan's adenoidal vocals, and then set to a chorus of synths and electronic drumbeats.
  6. 40
    Not hopeless, but hopelessly self-indulgent. [Jul 2005, p.94]
  7. It's not that any of the songs are horrible; it's just that they are so shamelessly middle-of-the-road that you become sickened by the ambivalence that they instill.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 59
  2. Negative: 10 out of 59
  1. Jared
    Jun 21, 2005
    Amazing. Truly original and inspiring.
  2. honzau
    Jul 6, 2005
    I would rate it 11 if i could. Corgan finds his edge on album and it´s so brilliant that you will meet supermature while listenig this masterpiese. Thanks a lot Mr. Corgan !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  3. squall
    Jun 3, 2006
    oo. this album is one of the best albums ive ever listned to. but this wasnt my first opinion. to be honest, ive always been a huge pumpkins fan, since gish. i heard he had a solo album but i never got around to getting up and looking for it. well one day my sister called me up and said that she just bought 2 tickets to see billy in hollywood. we went, on the way she played me the future embrace cd. i was like. hmm. billy sounds awesome, but im not sure if this is all that great. we got there, and when billy walked out on stage it was incredible. you can tell he knew what he was doing. this is the same man whjo created to awesome band, the smashing pumpkins. when he started playing and i saw that all that "synth" and "electronica" was actually comming out of his guitr and not 10 sets of keyboards, i was flabbergasted. this is the real deal! this is amazing, this is BRAND NEW! this has never been done before, this is absolutly incredible music. those disrespecting the machina album have no idea what he was doing in that album. machina and future embrace are my favorite cds o this day. people said machina was all "synth" blah blah blah, this is new, individual style music with a new rock and roll sound. with a meaning! does anyone relize what machina was about? does anyone realize there was a concept to the entire album? well there was and its incredible. im not going to ruin it for you but ill give u a clue. glass is billy. we are the ghost children. the machines of god were a band. june is a woman. billy is not stupid, he knows what hes doing. something that was never done before, something thats not fake and done over and over again. this is the future embrace. it wil grow on you like a really awesome tumour- that wont kill you. Collapse
  4. JohnnyM
    Jun 23, 2005
  5. mskys
    Jun 21, 2005
    i think it's a solid album with a very specific concept in mind... it def leans to the more "arty" tendencies of corgan vs. the his pop sensibilities. Expand
  6. emesem
    Jun 22, 2005
    Not as good as Zwan. It sounds like Adore II, which would be ok but the songs just arent as strong. The first 3 tracks are excellent but then the rest sort of fizzles out. Expand
  7. BubbaO
    Jun 20, 2005
    If this was any other artist it wouldn't even be considered worth lsitening to. Well, it's not worth listening to. This is some of the most uninteresting music ever made. Expand

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