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TheFutureEmbrace

Billy CorganAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 21, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B0009G018Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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

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The first solo album ever released by Billy Corgan-the revered singer/songwriter/guitarist whose groundbreaking work with The Smashing Pumpkins defined modern rock-is shockingly affirmative, even romantic. Corgan's most intimate set of songs yet, the hauntingly beautiful TheFutureEmbrace brings together Corgan's astonishing past and promising present. Warner. 2005.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TheFutureEmbrace 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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EmbraceTheFuture 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Billy Corgan June 22, 2005
By N8
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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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Intense and lacks flakiness June 21, 2005
By U2pop
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Machina Three : The Future Embrace.
This is an incredible album.

The music and lyrics are fantastic.

The albums sounds like a mix of Adore and Machina : The Machines Of God, that's fine by me... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Joshua
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good album
Corgan wrote some good songs on this album. It has a deep atmospheric sound, and quality lyrics. The tunes are melodic, and there are songs that have a heavy - power sound with... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Geoffrey Searson
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT ALBUM FROM THE BRAINS BEHIND THE PUMPKINS!!!
i happen to be a huge pumpkins fan but i was very skeptical about this album. for me, billy corgan without jimmy chamberlin is just bla. but this album really changed my opinion. Read more
Published on August 6, 2012 by adameel
5.0 out of 5 stars "HAPPY"
im a big BILLY CORGAN fan so any of his music will satisfy me. the product arrived very quickly and in excellant condition. thankyou amazon
Published on May 7, 2012 by jamie
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Different
Most of the tracks are pretty good. Mina Loy, A100 and DIA caught my attention, but, overall, the album disappointed a little. Read more
Published on March 11, 2011 by J. J. J. Dickens
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprising and worthy successor to Dark Side of the Moon
There is a documentary out there that examines each Smashing Pumpkins album and at some point they say that Siamese Dream was basically a tribute album that culls certain riffs and... Read more
Published on February 19, 2010 by Patrick Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my absolute favorite albums, and this from a non-Pumpkins...
I have not listened to much of the Pumpkins, and what I have listened to has never reached out and grabbed me. Something about this solo effort, however, pulled me right in. Read more
Published on March 16, 2009 by A. Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars this is good music
This is really great music. You can listen to the songs time and time again, yet it'll never get stuck in your head. In a good way, it's transient. Read more
Published on February 3, 2009 by Jeffrey R. James
3.0 out of 5 stars Soothing Yet Familiar
As a fan of the the Smashing Pumpkins, I feel that Billy Corgan simply cannot make it with the full band. Read more
Published on September 13, 2007 by Ryan Leack
3.0 out of 5 stars Marches to his own electronic drums
The song "All Things Change" could sum up just about anybody's life, and for Billy Corgan, it seems to sum up his new musical direction as a solo artist. Read more
Published on April 15, 2007 by Sal Nudo
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