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on 7 May 2018
I really like the bowie collaboration albums, New Values & Zombie Birdhouse, but this ones not for me. In my view they are mostly weak songs, with hackneyed guitar. Even Iggy sounds restrained and almost sane. It's a much more mainstream American sound to my ears. The first track is quite catchy, and Candy is a fairly decent song, but I do not like the way the album is produced ......and some of the songs are just poor. There are much much better Iggy albums.
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on 9 August 2017
It's good to have this album back in my collection after so many years on CD (good price and delivery), I don't know what state Iggy was in at the time but it's like one big therapy session and none the worse for that, it's an 'up' album, quite positive and an observant commentary on the state of society in the US at the time (not much had changed since in truth). Iggy's really got himself together here and he sings his heart out and well too, the songwriting is excellent and the band play well. I love all the songs except Starry Night, I Won't Crap out could have been a Who song, great duet on Candy, a great cover of Something Wild (a Hiatt song) and Livin on the Edge of the Night is a strong song, perfect for Neil Diamond! Saw Iggy so many times live including January 1991 on this tour at Brixton Academy and he gives everything, a man full of honesty and integrity. Looking back on his recording career, he has a good body of work with only a few weaker albums - Soldier, Party and Zombie, this album is really worth a go and is on a par with New Values, Instinct, American Caesar, Avenue B etc and hopefully and I'm confident that you won't be disappointed. We all live in Butt Town
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on 24 August 2017
Excellent
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on 29 May 2015
This album exceeded my expectations. No surprise there. We Germans have high standards! Iggy is raw, wild and the lyrics are divine!
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on 1 April 2016
Good buy will shop again
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on 24 March 2016
quick delivery,good quality
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on 28 March 2014
REVIEW FOR BRICK BY BRICK:

Virgin records threw a lot of money at this album which achieved success on the MTV charts and the rock charts.

It is a commercial and crisp album produced by Don Was, focussing primarily on the subject of urban decay. It has some strong, catchy material which warranted a number of individual single releases from the album.

Brick by Brick is not Iggy's strongest album but it is a good listen and arguably one of his better albums of the era.

REVIEW FOR NUDE AND RUDE:

For someone new to Iggy Pop/ the Stooges or for a casual observer, this is a good place to start.

It is fairly comprehensive, taking in the best of his early days, the creative Berlin period with Bowie and beyond.

It is not absolutely up to date - there have been many albums since the most recent material here, but it is better than many of the compilations out there that draw from one particular period in his career due to label constraints.

A solid, well thought out offering.
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on 28 March 2014
Virgin records threw a lot of money at this album which achieved success on the MTV charts and the rock charts.

It is a commercial and crisp album produced by Don Was, focussing primarily on the subject of urban decay. It has some strong, catchy material which warranted a number of individual single releases from the album.

Brick by Brick is not Iggy's strongest album but it is a good listen and arguably one of his better albums of the era.
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on 28 March 2014
Virgin records threw a lot of money at this album which achieved success on the MTV charts and the rock charts.

It is a commercial and crisp album produced by Don Was, focussing primarily on the subject of urban decay. It has some strong, catchy material which warranted a number of individual single releases from the album.

Brick by Brick is not Iggy's strongest album but it is a good listen and arguably one of his better albums of the era.
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on 9 February 2010
Despite its flaws this is still a major release for Iggy and it got him enough brownie points with his record company that he could threafter afford to be more experimental and hardcore on other albums. The record is very well produced by Don Was who has a natural ear for a hit and manages to find at least half a dozen strong tracks from Iggy's rough demos. It is however an album of two parts with the first half being the better. 'Candy', 'The Undefeated' and 'Moonlight Lady' are rousing anthems which are all clear singles and 'Main Street Eyes' is good too. 'I Won't Cr*p out' and 'Butt Town' are rather throwaway though.

A needless cover of 'Something Wild' starts the second half but a trio of album fillers really dilutes the quality. Just when you think they are all starting to sound the same though the album picks up towards the end with the excellent Slash collaboration 'My Baby Wants to Rock'n'Roll' and the worthy title track 'Brick by Brick' (can you guess what he ryhmes brick with?). The album then had the excellent movie theme 'Living on the Edge of the Night' tacked on at the end (from the film Black Rain which came out before this album was released) and hey presto, you suddenly have an album with 7 or 8 oustanding tracks which makes it a top 5 Iggy record. The record is notable for some of the most unexpected and frequent swearing I've heard on a mainstream LP but it is for the most part good natured and fairly humorous. However, one wishes that a few more fillers had been sacrificed to maintain the depth of quality. With 10 tight tracks it would have got to number 1 but as it is it is by no means a dispensible Iggy record as some suggest.
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