James Iha
Let It Come Down


2.0
poor

Review

by SandorKrasna USER (1 Reviews)
May 11th, 2013 | 5 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A complete departure from the Pumpkins' fuzzy noise-rock, Iha channels Aimee Mann in this utterly forgettable solo debut.

For his solo debut, Iha moved about as far away from the Pumpkins' production-heavy noise-rock sound as he could whilst still using a guitar. An almost entirely acoustic affair, "Let It Come Down" plays like an Aimee Mann album: light and easy on the ear, but downright repetitive. The self-penned lyrics are as inconsequential as anything Britney ever sang, and aside from the uptempo opener "Be Strong Now", it soon becomes difficult to tell some songs apart.

In an interview shortly after the Smashing Pumpkins' reformation in 2005 (sans Iha and bassist Wretzky D'Arcy), Billy Corgan said Iha's biggest contribution to the original incarnation of the band had been 'high fashion'. And harsh as that may sound, by the end of "Let It Come Down", its easy to see why none of the few Iha-penned songs the Pumpkins recorded were never released as singles. It's a cliché to say so, but the opening track aside, most of songs on this album really do sound the same.

Also contains traces of slide-guitar.


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SitarHero
May 10th 2013


4726 Comments


The last line cracked me up. It's like a warning label.

WARNING: Contains traces of slide-guitar.

YoYoMancuso
May 10th 2013


11189 Comments


this really doesn't tell me anything about the album other than the fact that the songs sound similar

sideburndude
May 11th 2013


2782 Comments


album is whatever

breakingthefragile
May 11th 2013


2962 Comments


I don't think that a point about the music that is commonly shared by many diferent reviews to describe all kinds of music in general can be considered "cliche." An observation is an observation, it's all in how you word that observation that determines whether or not it's unimaginatively stated. And yeah, saying it as you have here as just "most of the songs on the album do sound the same," I'd call saying it like that a cliche.

Apollo
May 11th 2013


10365 Comments


This review is a joke right?

Contains traces of slide guitar?

hahahaha



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