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Corgan's most intimate set of songs yet, the hauntingly beautiful THE FUTURE EMBRACE brings together Corgan's astonishing past and promising persent. The first single is "Walking Shade." [Note: This product is an authorized CD-R and is manufactured on demand]

Odd it may seem, Billy Corgan is wearing his heart on his extremely long sleeve, in his first proper solo album since dismantling the Smashing Pumpkins five years ago. Maybe it took that long to process the enormity of that loss, since The Future Embrace sounds like nothing so much as a break-up album. But having said that, it's rather difficult to determine whether it's the absence of James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlain, and D'Arcy Wretzky or just something much more mundane than the shattering of an affair of the heart that his sent him on this 12-song confessional. To his extreme credit, Corgan isn't trying to obscure his pain and uncertainty behind layers of guitar distortion and sonic dissonance the way he did with the Pumpkins, instead he's employed a rather restrained hand as he tries to work his way out of this psychic maze of his own making, cavorting with the ghosts of his past, present and future on such kinetic panoramas as "All Things Change," "DIA," or the rather wrenching "The Camera Eye," where the musician wrestles with his fear of aging, his burgeoning religiosity as and the necessity of transformation. Don't miss Robert Smith singing rather angular back-ups on the Bee Gee's skewed ode to love, "You Don't Know What It's Like." A tremendous and noble effort from a major talent. --Jaan Uhelszki

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. All Things Change
  2. Mina Loy (M.O.H.)
  3. The CameraEye
  4. Tolovesomebody
  5. A100
  6. DIA
  7. Now (And Then)
  8. I'm Ready
  9. Walking Shade
  10. Sorrows (In Blue)
  11. Pretty, Pretty Star
  12. Strayz

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 21, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B0009G018Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,874 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Vice on June 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
To be honest, this album is excellent. Billy Corgan, in all his long career, has never once disappointed me. Every Pumpkins album was fantastic, including the Aeroplane boxset and other b-side collections like Judas O and Pisces Iscariot. We shouldn't be surprised that TheFutureEmbrace sounds akin to the Pumpkins because Billy was the driving creative and musical force in the band. You can think of TheFutureEmbrace as belonging somewhere right between Adore and Machina, musically. The album has very fine polish and poise, and each song evokes a different feeling or emotion from the listener. The songs have a wonderful balance of electronica and rock to make this album fit nicely in a very niche genre of synth rock. The songs range from upbeat, like All Things Change, to very dark and sombre, like Mina Loy and the single track, Walking Shade. If you're a fan of Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins, especially the Adore album, then you will absolutely love this album, as I do. However, if you think that the Pumpkins peak work was Siamese Dream or Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, you will not likely see eye to eye with Billy on this new work. If you consider yourself a true fan of music and someone who likes to hear new and different ways of expressing time honored sentiments, then you owe it to yourself to pick up this album.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By N8 on June 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I did not know what to expect from this CD. I expected it to be enjoyable and I expected it to sound like Billy, but beyond those two things I was clueless. What I found was a very interesting collection of 12 songs that are familiar yet somehow different from anything Billy has given us before.

Stylistically, the CD is unclassifiable. It's not necessarily rock, it's not electronic, it's some hybrid between the two. The sound is different from Zwan, Billy's last musical outing, and different from the early and late Pumpkins music. If I were to compare this CD to anything Billy has produced musically, I would say that musically, this CD is closest to the Pumpkins CD, "Adore." Lyrically though, the CD is much different. The lyrics on "Adore" were typical Pumpkins lyrics. They were full of love, sadness, pain, rage, etc... The lyrics Billy wrote for "The Future Embrace" seem much more uplifting. There is a feeling of hope to these songs that seems to almost go hand in hand with Billy's book of poems and some of the Zwan songs. The music is not necessarily the most uplifting music I've ever heard, but I caught myself smiling multiple times when I sat there and actually listened to the words. Billy is a poet. He's a very interesting writer, and I recommend that you take the time to buy this CD, sit there for an hour, and let the lyrics and music he has put together take you somewhere different.

If nothing else, this CD is an escape from everything else on the Billboard 200 charts today. It's different in a way that's intriguing, fun, and worth listening to. Is it as "good" as the mid-90's Pumpkin rage that Billy is known for? Yes and no. If you want angsty-rage, look elsewhere, but if you want music worth listening to, look right here. Billy Corgan is an awesome musician, and as long as he's putting music out, we should all buy it.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Smashing Pumpkins, that earthshaking rock band of the 1990s, broke up in 2001. Most of the members -- James Iha, James Chamberlin and Melissa Auf Der Maur -- have embarked on solo careers, with varying successes. In the meantime, frontman Billy Corgan put out a book of poetry and started a new band, the sadly short-lived Zwan.

Now Billy Corgan has gone solo for real, with "TheFutureEmbrace," with his usual mixture of self-examination and brooding music. It doesn't exactly forge new territories, but the echoes of the Pumpkins merely enhance the dreamier, softer sound.

"All things change/never rest, never sure/what is worth/fighting on for?" Corgan asks in the dream-rocker "All Things Change," over a bed of buzzing guitars. That dreamy sound continues throughout the album -- sometimes it's laced with synth blips, sometimes with airy distortion.

In fact, "TheFutureEmbrace" might have simply floated away if Corgan hadn't included some grittier songs to ground it. "Mina Loy (M.O.H.)" kicks it off with some twisting synth, drum machines and a dark bassline. The songs in that vein are catchy and gritty, so it keeps the whole thing from seeming a bit too art-rocky.

Who will like it? Fans of Corgan will more or less know what to expect, and will probably enjoy it. Those that don't like Corgan's past work probably won't like this either, because it has Corgan's style written all over the album.

With "TheFutureEmbrace," Corgan has taken a slightly different musical turn. The harder rock of his old days has been replaced by a haze of synth and some murky dreampop guitars. All the songs feel softer and more comfortable, like shoes that have been broken in.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By U2pop on June 21, 2005
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Billy's first solo since the glory days of the great Pumpkins took me by surprise. I thought surely this would be some hard metal album but instead it's much more mellow! If you like Pumpkins tunes like Daphne Descends, Apples + Oranjes, Adore, and most of Disc 2 for Mellon Collie then you'll like the solo. Mina Loy (M O H) is the best I'd have to say but they're all good. If you're looking for Gish or SImese Dreams era screaming and guitar bleariness forget it. This is a mellow, intense, serious album. Lots of emotion. Great job!
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