Iggy and the Stooges – Ready to Die

If you are keeping track then this is the first Iggy and the Stooges album since way back in 1973. Now that you know they have an album out, entitled Ready to Die, you must be wondering what has changed in forty years. After listening to it front to back several times I’m here to tell you precious little. The band is a little lighter after the death of bassist Ron Asheton (Mike Watt is his replacement) and the original members – Iggy Pop, James Williamson (guitar) and Scott Asheton (drums) – look a lot older but they can still crank out a hard rocking anthem like nobody’s business. Punk rockers until they die or so it seems. The wall of sound they create is like an assault on your mind and body. An assault that you will enjoy thoroughly. I do not say that lightly because I know the expectations that fans are going to have concerning this album. The enjoyment comes from the simplicity of the music, the lyrics that still concern themselves with the plight of the blue collar worker and the energy involved. Tracks like “Burn”, “Sex & Money” and “Dirty Deal” are great.  No going through the motions here. The only weak moments come when they try to sell lyrics that are really not age appropriate and when Williamson’s guitar is turned down. Turn it up and enjoy!

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