Look to the Sky - James Iha
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  • Summary: Karen O, Tinted Windows bandmate Adam Schlesinger, Television guitarist Tom Verlaine, the Cardigans' Nina Persson, Tegan and Sara's Sara Quin, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' guitarist Nick Zinner are some of the gust musicians on the former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist's follow-up to his 1998 solo debut, Let it Come Down. Collapse
  • Record Label: The End
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Oct 23, 2012
    80
    [A] beautiful and calming record.
  2. Oct 23, 2012
    80
    If Let It Come Down was Iha's sun-dappled West Coast folk-rock break from the creative turmoil and personal squabbles of the Pumpkins, then Look to the Sky is his more austere, if no less captivating, look back from the sun and toward the dark moon of his alt-rock '90s past.
  3. Nov 21, 2012
    80
    While retaining the melodic approach of his debut, the singer-guitarist has shaped some additional, more diverse sounds. [Dec 2012, p.88]
  4. Nov 5, 2012
    50
    'Look To The Sky' sees him returning to the spotlight with an album that only fleetingly hints at his past glories.
  5. Dec 10, 2012
    40
    He goes from pretty ditties to outright tedium as songs drag on interminably and eventually, unlistenably. [10 Nov 2012, p.53]
  6. Nov 21, 2012
    40
    Unfortunately, Iha's anemic vocals are as terminally starry-eyed as ever. [Dec 2012, p.107]
  7. Oct 22, 2012
    20
    Unfortunately all this hi-watt talent [guest vocalists] can't cover up Iha's weak vocals, which pass from winsome to wan early on and never recover. [No.92 p.54]

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