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Smashing Pumpkins' real star shines in solo form
on 21 March 2000
"Let it Come Down" is an album which generated such an apathetic and "It's OK, I guess..." response at its time of release that twelve months later it barely warranted a mention in end-of-year charts. Yet it's such a wonderfully crafted album that it's hard to imagine critics were listening to the same CD. A lifetime away from much of the Pumpkins' dark rock, Iha has made what's pretty much an alternative-country/americana album. Working with the likes of Neal Casal and Adam from Fountains of Wayne, the songs have strong melodies complimenting Iha's delicate vocals and dreamy backdrops of acoustic guitars and mainly unplugged instrumentation. The single "Be Strong Now" is a great introduction, but it just gets better and climaxes with "No-One's Going to Hurt You," the best song the Smashing Pumpkins never wrote.