I think most will agree that Iggy is at his best when being himself and not trying to conform to popular music and become successful in the commercial sense. I think deep down though, despite being revered for being the opposite, I think he wanted to be popular in the MTV scene (ie "the mainstream"). "Party" & "Blah Blah Blah" are probably the other obvious ones, but this was Iggy's last attempt to put out an album that will make him more commercially popular, though a kind of belated attempt. All the stops were pulled out, the big guest stars, etc. In the end it is pretty good, but as usual Iggy doesn't get the credit he deserves from the mainstream. "Candy" was (and is) so popular that the people who he was trying to win over now laugh him off as a one-hit wonder. After this one, I think the next album was American Caesar, which was just, as i see it anyway, him realising that being successful isn't always about financial success. Actually in track 2 here, he says "You and I are not huge mainstream stars/But unlike them we're really what we are". Iggy is no fake. His struggle to try and understand what the point of all this is, is the same as a lot of us. This isn't the wild Iggy that tore up the music world and left it in shreds with The Stooges, this is a grown up Iggy. Both are great Iggy's though.
This album isn't as cheesy as Blah Blah Blah, and it's much more honest. It gets a bit harder & looser as it goes and the climax is definitely track 12 and 13 (My Baby Wants... featuring Slash on guitar and then Brick by Brick). The subject (of the album) is basically just commenting how messed up society is, and dealing with it. He leaves us with hope though, with the 2nd last track (Brick by Brick). I think it was appropriate that the album was named after that one.
It's also much more consistent, approaching the consistency of The Idiot or Lust for Life. Other albums, even the great ones like New Values, have a few turkeys, but this has none, which is surprising considering there are a lot of tracks compared to his other albums. It's very well written, it flows very well and the social commentary is sharp and on the money (and still relevent).
This is very good. I think with Iggy there's always more going on than meets the eye. Maybe I am way off the mark in my review, but this is just what I got out of the album.