Look To The Sky (CD)


James Iha

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Anyone who’s been a big Smashing Pumpkins fan knows the pleasures the Pumpkins’ “George Harrison” could bring with his subtle guitarwork and gorgeous songs like “Go,” “Blew Away” and “Take Me Down.” Fourteen years after his first solo album released while still in the Pumpkins, Iha is back with a fuller sound that capitalizes both on his folky Neil Young-inspired leanings and his ability to create spectral space rock soundscapes. Both qualities are in full flair on the beautiful “To Who Knows Where,” which features a typically beautiful Iha chorus and an awesome space-folk breakdown in the middle. Classic Pumpkins fans can find plenty to sink their teeth into in songs like “Gemini,” which moves from eerie folk to swoony big-chord rock. Elsewhere, he breaks from his past more decisively, as on the ’60s by way of ’80s pop “Till Next Tuesday” and the addled blues of “Appetite,” moments that show Iha has more tricks up his sleep than at first appears. Some of his folkier tracks veer toward sappy, but Iha’s smart production, learned from the interim years of producing for acts like Cat Power and Isobel Campbell as well as various remixes, usually saves things with orchestral flourishes and surprises like the twinkling synths that pop up at the end of the Karen O duet “Waves.” It’s an assured work that speaks to the talents of Iha as a guitarist, producer and songwriter who knows how to paint wonders from a modest palette.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Make Believe
James Iha 02:43
2.
To Who Knows Where
James Iha 04:19
3.
Gemini
James Iha 03:52
4.
Speed of Love
James Iha 03:18
5.
Till Next Tuesday
James Iha 03:49
6.
Summer Days
James Iha 03:35
7.
Appetite
James Iha 04:10
8.
Dream Tonight
James Iha 03:13
9.
New Year's Day
James Iha 03:45
10.
Waves
James Iha 03:36
11.
A String of Words
James Iha 04:19
12.
4th of July
James Iha 03:40
13.
Dark Star
James Iha 04:53

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