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This album is so good, it makes me wish they would stop their nostalgia act on tour and spend more time in the studio releasing new material. Apparently they still "have it" and creating a legacy of great albums like "Ready To Die" would be more valuable over the long-haul.
BUT (as is usually the case), the Japanese version features bonus tracks not easily available for western ears to hear. In this case, the tracks are: "Dying Breed" and "The Departed (instrumental version)". It too is available from Amazon, but of course, at a significantly higher price. Since this album is so short to begin with (34+ minutes), it could have easily incorporated these two extra tracks.
"Ready To Die" isn't exactly tasteful - with half of the original 1969-1971 lineup dead, and permanent drummer Scott Asheton incapacitated from touring due to a stroke - The Stooges aren't exactly a band so much as a team of furious rock commandos, bludgeoning huge riffs across the world. Williamson seems to have packed forty years of riffs into thirty four short minutes and 10 blistering songs. The cover is Iggy wearing a bomb belt in crosshairs. The songs are immaculately presented, with can opener riffs that are largely instant classics, pounding drums, and vocals that are miles away from the dunderheaded and melodically slight "Weirdness" record. Here, it's obviously not the first thing Iggy thought in front of the microphone, immortalised forever - thank God. Whilst its not as good as "Raw Power" (what is?), it's the equal of the firey and angry "Kill City" - with both "The Unfriendly World" and "The Departed", being the kind of blues that you saw glimpses of in the past. Also, this record is angry : "Job" rides on a simple premise many of us can live with : "I've got a job, and it pays ....". A few minutes later, Iggy is telling us all about ambition, about a world that wants to crush us, and about fighting to be yourself.Read more ›
To me his lyrics are lazy and could have been on any of a number of his more recent sub standard solo albums. e.g. Beat em Up, Naughty Little Doggie etc The music served up by the band, welcoming back legendary guitarist James Williamson from the Raw Power days, deserves so much better. (The music is worth five stars and it is the lyrics which result in me very reluctantly docking two stars).
Iggy seems to have dashed off most of the lyrics which rarely speak with any intelligence,which we know that he has, as off stage he is well read, intelligent company. Instead he again follows on from his live image which has him pandering to the worst elements of the heavy metal festival crowd by acting as if he is still a brainless 20 something who feels he has to compete with younger bands who swear every second word when making their song introductions. He is still relying on shock value in adding unnecessary four letter profanities to a number of the high tempo songs on the new album which add nothing, but ensure that they will not get wider radio exposure which a lot of the music deserves. After all how much swearing is on Raw Power? By pandering to the lowest common denominator he falls far short of the lyrical excellence of songs from the Stooges hey day e.g. 1969, Dirt, Raw Power, Search and Destroy etc. In fact some of the best tracks on the new album are the slow ballards.
Its time to make a great, mature Stooges album thatwill stand the test of time and sadly this is not it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
cd arrived wrapped in clingfilm. case battered and broken. not acceptable. avoid.Published 7 months ago by colinsluckyknickers
Awesome album, The Stooges made it again. It is not a repetition of Raw Power, as one could risk, it is innovation that satys true to the band's sound. Great album.Published on 6 July 2014 by Veronica C
Input form the original Stooges makes this a real return to form, still delivering the goods with style and comtent after this many years( I dont want to ventre an amount! Read morePublished on 16 May 2014 by Mr. Ian Mitchinson
Somewhere in the mush of the mix there's some rocking music trying to be heard on this album - the band feels tight, and the re-introduction of Williamson has invigorated the... Read morePublished on 26 Oct. 2013 by Mr. Mw Arnold
This is probably one of Iggy's best albums since the early 90's but it is not a patch on Raw Power which is the version of the Stooges that Iggy is currently touting. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2013 by Mr Anthony Brown
Same as ever. Riffs and awful lyrics. Eg a song about big boobs.
But you either love or hate the formula.
He's showing signs of age I fear! He's 66. Read more
It's worth the money for the last two tracks alone. James Williamson proves what a great guitarist he is and Iggy continues to sing about things that are important to him now, not... Read morePublished on 1 July 2013 by E. R. Hartley