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The Tattoo

--- Making a Permanent Impression Since 1994 ---

October 5, 1998

--- Review ---

Pumpkin solo effort sweet, but lacks depth

By SHAINA ZURA
Tattoo Staff Writer

It Come Down is a recent release by James Iha,
guitarist of Smashing Pumpkins. It is his first
solo attempt, and has been anticipated by fans
for some time. 

The album proved unique from Iha's work on
Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness, the most
recent album of the Pumpkins.
 
Though this is a solo album, Iha having written
and co-produced it, three-quarters of the
Smashing Pumpkins surface in this album. 
 
Bass player D'Arcy sings harmony vocals on "One
and Two," the 10th track. Pumpkins' temporary
fill-in drummer Matt Walker plays drums and
percussion throughout. 

But front man Billy Corgan is nowhere to be
found.

This album, spanning 40 minutes and 11 seconds,
is a medley of fairly upbeat love songs in Iha's
sweet voice. It is generally high pitched, but
hits an occasional lower note.
  
Unlike typical Pumpkins tunes, this release
offers mostly short songs. There are 11 songs,
ranging from two minutes and 50 seconds to four
minutes and 25 seconds. 

A surprisingly wide variety of instruments are
included: multiple guitars, bass, drums and
percussion, pedal and lapsteel, Hammond organ,
piano, cello, violin, viola, saxophone, and
trumpet.

The lyrics  emdash  inanely repetitive --aren't
strong and often proved more sappy than
profound.

The use of the word "love" was excessive,
emerging approximately 46 times in this album --
more than once a minute.

Based on the depth of Iha's lyrical
contributions to Smashing Pumpkins, these were a
disappointment.

For example, the first 30 seconds of "Jealousy" 
sound like something that would spurt out of
Hanson. And others were just lame.

But it wasn't all bad.

"Be Strong Now," "See The Sun," "One and Two,"
and "No One's Gonna Hurt You" stayed away from
the sappy pep of the rest of the album, bringing
some much-needed mellow moments.

If in search of soft, sweet music, Let It Come
Down is a good choice. But be prepared that it
doesn't carry the depth of  Iha's previous work.


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