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5.0 out of 5 stars Stoogin', 29 Mar. 2007
This review is from: The Weirdness (Audio CD)
The new Stooges "The Weirdness" album is a real blast. Whilst no classic like the first 3 albums, this is mainly due to age and in particular Iggy's voice which is more a rasp than the young street walking cheetah of yore. Lets face it guys sixty can never be as sexy as twenty except in the mind of the perpetuator in question. However from the opening "Trollin'" to the closer "I'm Fried" this is a surprisingly good. The Asheton brothers sound fantastic, stuck in a time warp of 1973, with great tone and riffs perfectly fitting Iggy's voice and lyrics.....they sound like young men not men fast approaching the pensioner years. The songs are real good, full of dumb lyrics, more cosmopolitan than before, and bring a real smile to the face. "Mexican Guy" especially springs to mind. Even the weaker tracks which are reminiscent of Iggy's solo stuff benefit from the Asheton's touch.....these Detroit guys are perfectly in tune with each other. The sax of Steve Mackay on a few songs also helps lift this album from numbskill metal into free from art jazz territory. The track listing, with nods to all 3 of the original Stooges albums is almost a true follow up to Raw Power, some of it even reminds me of Raw Power or the MC5 albeit with the Ron Asheton sound. Other reference points are the Black Flag tribute album that Henry Rollins released a few years ago and on which Iggy guested, and of course the Sex Pistols particularly in the bass department. I also like Steve Albini's production. Great stuff!
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