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on 8 July 2010
'Party' traditionally gets a critical kicking but as the first Iggy Pop LP I heard as a teenager back in 1982, I've always had a soft spot for it. It was made during one of Iggy's periodic bids for mainstream success, and co-writer Ivan Krall of The Patti Smith Group was actively pushing him in that direction, so it's a bit more conventional than many Iggy fans are comfortable with. But that overlooks the fact that it's packed full of strong, memorable tunes which hold up better than a lot of other early 80s new wave stuff. Absolute standout is the manic near-hit 'Bang Bang' (later murdered by David Bowie on his 'Never Let Me Down' LP) but 'Pumpin' for Jill', 'Pleasure', 'Sincerity' and 'Rock & Roll Party' aren't far behind, the trademark Igster lunacy seeps out on 'Eggs on Plate' and the covers of The Outsiders' 60s hit 'Time Won't Let Me' and Phil Phillips' swamp popper 'Sea of Love' have their charms too. Even the throwaway oompah-ska 'Happy Man', routinely cited as the worst Iggy Pop song ever (worse than 'Cold Metal' !?), isn't as bad as it's cracked up to be ! Sure, 'Party' isn't 'Raw Power' but give it a try, you may be pleasantly surprised.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 25 October 2013
Iggy recorded three albums for Arista - this is probably the least strong of the bunch ('Soldier' being a real corker!).

At this time, Iggy was in his post-Bowie phase and perhaps looking for a new direction. The result is an album with some intelligent compositions, making this a good listen and a respectable addition to the Iggy Pop back catalogue.

Don't pass it by - give it a go; it's not his best but still has its merits.

3.5/5
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on 5 July 2011
I love this album. It's definitely up there with my favourite Iggy Pop recordings.

The cover is deceptive - it has a relatively sane looking Iggy staring out from a mass of multi coloured bubbles. This is not the image of the man known for on stage self mutilation, or from someone who re-invented the consummate energetic stage performance. This might be a nod towards my (over) reliance on aesthetics, or a show of how album covers can be misleading. Whatever the case, this album, like the cover itself, draws you in.

Sixth song in `Pumpin for Jill' is a fantastic song - bubbling and brooding and hinting at the explosive energy this man can deliver in a heartbeat. We also have a couple of rock/pop classics in `Happy Man' and `Bang Bang'. Upbeat and well delivered feel good songs. Moving through the spectrum, we have a beautifully delivered 'Sea of Love'. Although this is a cover version, Iggy delivers a love song in a way that old time crooners could only hope to. Beautiful.

And so it goes on. There's not a bad song on this album. It is a blend of tempos and moods that is a listening delight. 'Party' is an absolute gem delivered for fans and newcomers alike.
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on 7 June 2016
Party.has so many great songs, it's hard to choose one of them ...... . Houston is Hot Tonight, Pleasure, Pumpin for Jill (Bowie's guitar riff ?) - I'ts a rock and roll party from the beginning to end.
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on 9 September 2013
Iggy Pop Party is an upbeat excellently written album that I recommend to everyone. The lyrics are great and sung with real energy and fun. Within just a couple of listens you can really sing along with the tracks. An essential an underrated record. The bonus tracks are good and fit with the rest of the CD.
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on 15 November 2001
I don't like every single track on this album but those I do like are impossible to tire of, and for this reason alone the album deserves the full whack of 5 stars. It is also, in my opinion, definitely one of the best albums in Pop's portfolio. From the moment Pleasure fire's off at the album's arrogantly vivacious tangent it becomes clear that this man means business. Was Iggy ever on the Muppet Show? Sincerity sure sounds like he and the furry gloves are having a good old knees-up. "I'm going to get a beer, but I will return my dear"... Mr Pop must certainly have had fun with this recording.
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on 9 January 2013
WHILST I AM A FAN OF IGGY POP HIS OUTPUT IS PATCHY TO SAY THE LEAST, THIS A DEFINITE LOW! FROM THIS PERIOD GET NEW VALUES WHICH IS REALLY GOOD. WHILST NOT A FAN OF COMPILATIONS IN THE CASE OF IGGY POP THE DOUBLE CD ANTHOLGY IS A GOOD OPTION OFTEN THE PRODUCTION OF HIS STUFF IS REALLY POOR NOT SURE WHY?
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