Debut long player from Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha
Let It Come Down was the first solo album from Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Yoshinobu Iha. It was released in 1998 whilst James was still an active member of Smashing Pumpkins, with this records being released before Adore. James had written several Smashing Pumpkins tracks which featured on Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and these, along with Let It Come Down, are a marked transition away from the snarling tracks written by Billy Corgan.
Let It Come Down is quieter and more acoustic country-rock than hard rock. I can remember anticipating the release of this album, only to be ultimately disappointed when it came out. I'd quite liked the solo stuff on the Pumpkins albums but maybe that was because they were alongside some Corgan belters. A whole album of it though? It's just not to my tastes. The album starts off promisingly, with the debut single Be Strong Now and Sound of Love. From then on however, it's pretty poor and no matter how hard I've tried, I just can't get into it at all. The album was remastered in 2012 with the b-sides from the Be Strong Now single (Falling, My advice and take Care) added as bonus tracks.
This first pressing is fairly hard to come by now. It was released on Virgin records America (7243 8 45411 1 8) and Hut Recordings (HUTLP47) and was Recorded at Bugg Studios, Chicago during the summer of 1997, mixed at Oceanway Studios, CA and mastered at Precision Mastering, CA. The sleeve features images of James on both the front and rear and the full colour glossy inner sleeve has images of James and the rest of the band on one side and credits on the other. The most notable of these is fellow Pumpkins member D'arcy supplies the harmony vocal on 'One and Two'. The labels follow the same minimalist style of the music – largely yellow, with title, artist and label information. There's just a few small hairline marks on the record itself due to being taken in and out of the sleeve.
Overall, this album will be for acquired tastes, it's mellow, uneventful and disappointing. I can't imagine there being many vinyl copies of this album as it wasn't that well received and it sold poorly. If you do have a copy, leave a comment!
- Be Strong Now
- Sound of Love
- See The Sun
- Country Girl
- Lover, Lover
- Silver String
- One and Two
- No One's Gonna Hurt You
Side 1 – HUTLP 47 A-1-1-1
Side 2 – HUTLP 47 B-1-1-1