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[LICD Review] Herald Sun
March 4, 1998, 11:00 pm

Source: Herald Sun

Herald Sun. Australia (Melbourne) March 5, 1998

James Iha
3 and 1/2 out of 5

SMASHING Pumpkins guitarist James Iha was born about 20 years too late. In the mid-'70s, a record that lets it all come down - all the cynicism, angst and aggression - would have placed alongside Bread at the top of the charts.

Back then, there was no shame in planting your wheels in the middle of the road and speeding off at a moderate pace with the wind in your hair. James Iha's debut solo record never leaves that road. It's all acoustic guitars, breezy harmonies and warm, intimate production that still make Neil Young's Harvest album such a pleasure.

With song titles such as Country Girl, Beauty and Sound of Love, Iha's debut has more chance of re-igniting a steamy romance between Aunty Vera and Uncle Bruce than it does of picking up any ex-grunge fans.

But that's OK. Anything that feels this good can't be bad for you.