Iggy Pop's Arista Records era is not regarded as one of his classic periods - with some justification, it must be said. However, with 'New Values', he did start off pretty well. The sound of the album - quite lean, with undistorted guitars adding a metallic sheen to the ambience, care of ex-Stooge James Williamson - differs from the harsh sound of the Stooges, and the electronic textures of The Idiot and Lust For Life, and 'New Values' sounds both fresh and refreshed. 'I'm Bored' raises a chuckle, and 'Girls', with it's witty rewrite / steal from the George Gershwin standard 'Summertime', is similarly good. 'Pretty Flamingo', a single B side, is not the Manfred Mann hit, but an Iggy original that's pleasant enough. 'New Values' is not quite five-star Iggy, but gets very close, and is well worth spending time, trouble, and, of course, money, over.