Adore – Track 1 – To Sheila
Most Smashing Pumpkins fans were taken aback by Adore’s first track “To Sheila.” After years of bombast, fuzzy guitars, stadium anthems, and phase-shifting guitar solos, Adore kicked off with one of the softest songs ever created by The Smashing Pumpkins.
The song begins with what sounds like crickets in the middle of the summer, and drones in the background the entire song. Overall, the song it mixed extremely quiet, featuring Corgan’s love-it-or-hate-it vocals. I’ve never heard his vocals sound so good. In “To Shiela” Corgan drops his usual snarl, for a smooth, almost whispered delivery.
The entire song feels fragile.
One of my favorite moments on the album is in the third verse. All the instrumentation falls out to leave Corgan’s layered vocals with banjo’s. Yes, it sounds crazy, but give it a listen. It’s gorgeous.
Then the song exits with a simple piano line, delayed guitars, and the comes back around to the summer night sound.
One of the reasons I love the Smashing Pumpkins is because of Corgan’s fearless attitude in creating what he wants. Sometimes this has come back to haunt him, but has also left a great variety of songs for us to enjoy. The guts it takes to release this album and to kick it off with this song is staggering considering where the band had been previously to releasing this work.
Listen to Corgan talk about “To Sheila”
Then Listen to “To Sheila” (sorry, this is the only thing I could find with the studio version)