Let It Come Down (James Iha album)

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Let It Come Down
Studio album by James Iha
Released 10 February 1998
Recorded 1997
Genre Indie rock, soft rock, alternative country
Length 40:20
Label Virgin
Producer Jim Scott and James Iha
James Iha chronology
Let It Come Down
(1998)
Look to the Sky
(2012)

Let It Come Down is James Iha's first solo album. It was released in 1998, during which Iha was still with The Smashing Pumpkins, before the release of Adore. Iha took on a more acoustic country-ish sound reminiscent of the songs he contributed to the Pumpkins, notably shying away from the darker sound of Billy Corgan's songwriting.

Iha had said that the quieter tone of the songs reflected the fact that many of them were written in his hotel rooms during The Smashing Pumpkins tours, and he didn't want to disturb other guests by playing too loudly.

Be Strong Now was released as a 4-track single, featuring the bonus studio tracks "Falling", "My Advice" and "Take Care", and as a 2-track promo single where the other track is a 12-second clip from the song "Be Strong Now" called "Call Out Hook". Both versions of the "Be Strong Now" single feature the same cover. There is also an extended promo version of the single called "Be Strong Now (With Intro)" lasting 3:35.

Additionally, the song "Jealousy" was released as a promo single, without any B-sides.

The album was remastered and re-issued in February 2012 with the three tracks previously released as b-sides added as bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by James Iha.

  1. "Be Strong Now" – 2:48
  2. "Sound of Love" – 3:56
  3. "Beauty" – 3:44
  4. "See the Sun" – 3:59
  5. "Country Girl" – 3:01
  6. "Jealousy" – 3:26
  7. "Lover, Lover" – 3:21
  8. "Silver String" – 3:53
  9. "Winter" – 4:25
  10. "One and Two" – 3:31
  11. "No One's Gonna Hurt You" – 4:12
  12. "My Advice" – 3:15
  • "My Advice" is a Japanese version bonus track.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media (4.9/10) link
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly (C+) link

Chart position[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Album Chart Position
1998 Let It Come Down The Billboard 200 No. 171

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced By James Iha & Jim Scott
  • Post-Production By Scott Humphrey & Podboy, with post-production on "One and Two" by Flood
  • Engineered By Jim Scott, with additional engineering by Steve Spapperi
  • Mixed By Jim Scott; mix assisted by Mike Scotella
  • Mastered By Stephen Marcussen

Additional Personnel[edit]

  • Dave Menet - guitar tech
  • Russ Spice - equipment
  • Rob Austin - chef and mantra maker
  • Q Prime Inc - Management
  • Jill Berliner and Eric Greenspan - Legal
  • Mark Kaplan - accounting
  • Chris Billheimer - art direction
  • Jeremy Goldberg - cover photograph
  • Anette Aurell - back photograph
  • James Iha, Kevin Wells, Larry Hirshowitz - collage photographs
  • Lou Kregel, Patti West - illustrators
  • Todd Tatnall, Pro Tools Editing