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Avenue B [Explicit Lyrics, Import]

Iggy PopAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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listen  1. No Shit [Explicit]Iggy Pop 1:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Nazi Girlfriend [Explicit]Iggy Pop 2:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Avenue B [Explicit]Iggy Pop 5:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Miss Argentina [Explicit]Iggy Pop 4:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Afraid To Get Close [Explicit]Iggy Pop 1:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Shakin' All Over [Explicit]Iggy Pop 4:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Long Distance [Explicit]Iggy Pop 4:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. CorruptionIggy Pop 4:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. She Called Me Daddy [Explicit]Iggy Pop 1:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. I Felt The LuxuryIggy Pop With Medeski, Martin & Wood 6:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Español [Explicit]Iggy Pop 4:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Motorcycle [Explicit]Iggy Pop 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Facade [Explicit]Iggy Pop 5:29$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 21, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B00000K4FD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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His 1999 album for Virgin. Out-of-print domestically.

James "Iggy" Osterberg's last album of the second millennium is at once confounding, yet immensely compelling. The Godfather of Punk once again largely eschews the anarchic sturm und drang upon which he built his legend to pick up the strangely warm (for him), often nakedly introspective thread that runs from Zombie Birdhouse through Brick by Brick. As on the latter, Iggy has entrusted his reflections to producer and hired gun to the stars Don Was. To both their credits, the result is fresh, textured, and surprising. There are no less than four soul-baring monologues on which Ig's resonant baritone is set against the sort of brooding orchestral backdrop that composer Howard Shore might provide for one of David Cronenberg's more effective nightmares. There are other quirky surprises here: the effective use of Blue Note jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood and a convincing '50s rock-crooner take on Johnny Kidd & the Pirates' chestnut "Shakin' All Over." Yet Iggy's epic, multihued sardonicism remains gratefully intact, as witnessed by the edgy hilarity of "Nazi Girlfriend," the disquieting "Miss Argentina," and the seemingly tongue-in-cheek Latin loopiness of "Ya Yo Habla Espanol." This is not solely a reflection on the break-up of his decade-long marriage, but rather a complex, uneasy meditation on aging, solitude, corruption, and one wide-eyed soul's place in the world. None of it has yet killed him, and we're all the stronger for it. If it's an album more in tune with Sinatra's In the Wee Small Hours than anything Ig's godchildren have managed in a decade, just soak it up. The man's taste is impeccable. --Jerry McCulley

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iggy, mature and introspective--an oxymoron? Hell no! October 27, 1999
Format:Audio CD
What a sobering, reflective, naked album. I'm not sure how many of Ig's old fans this will appeal to, but actually I know a few people who are really thrilled he's taken some chances with this album. It's scary to listen to because he's so honest about himself, as in "She Called Me Daddy." I love the odd "Nazi Girlfriend" and "Miss Argentina." There are great tunes here, Iggy's in fine form, the production is smoky and understated, and even the cover "Shakin' All Over" has a muted, restrained feel that works. I'm glad Iggy's using his art to reflect the changes in his life; the opening lines "It was the winter of my 50th year when it hit me" are as bold and startling as anything the Stooges ever did--think about it: Iggy Pop has been with us for half of the twentieth century. Goddamn. Thanks, man. Thanks a lot.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do you dare look away? December 3, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Albums don't often come this brutally frank and some of the raw --- and graphic --- desperation makes the listener cringe. As far as the music goes, however, let's go out on a limb here: the Ig hasn't hit such a focused groove since 1979's New Values --- maybe not even since The Idiot (1977). Acoustic guitars wash over the crooning delivery and (sit down for this) arresting melodies are all over the place. When an artist takes a risk like this, there is usually a dud track or two, so you have to sit through the odd vile lyric (Nazi Girlfriend is the biggest embarrassment), a few brief spoken interludes that are strictly hit-or-miss and the strangely irritating and overlong I Felt the Luxury. In spite of all that, Pop hasn't sounded this good in a couple of decades.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I felt the luxury September 11, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Iggy Pop goes Leonard Cohen! Poetry! Jazz music! Serious melancholy! I like it though. Several of these songs are just Iggy reading what appear to be diary entries over a minor-chord keyboard/strings backdrop. These pieces, along with the dark photos of old man Iggy walking around his dank NYC apartment hall in his pajamas, do a much better job of creating a grimy, dreary city mood than the trite Lou Reed descriptions he used on Brick By Brick. Plus, musically, this is unlike anything Iggy has ever done - not only does the Igjig himself play guitar on nearly every track, but jazz/soul trio Medeski, Martin & Wood guest plays on a bunch o' tunes, giving the whole CD a feeling of "beat". The guitar rockers "Corruption" and "Shakin' All Over" (yes, a cover of course) seem sort of out of place on this singer/songwriter confessional record of lazy jazzy sadness, but they're very welcome, especially to big guitar rock fans like mine me!
So that's Iggy Pop for you - over 50 and still churning out uncommercial, unsuccessful records for a legion of...actually I don't even know who besides me buys his records. God, do you think I'm the only one? That puts a lot of pressure on me!
Oh no!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, Iggy is as raw as ever August 28, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Many regard Iggy Pop as the king of raw, driving, rock and roll. I am one of these people. However I think some of his fans still think his music should be mindless testosterone induced lunacy (don't get me wrong, I love that side of his music), but there has always been much more to Iggy than that.
Iggy Pop is a poet; he has always been intensely witty and perceptive under the guise of his animal energy. This record is as raw as it gets for Iggy, just not in the same way his fans are used to. "Avenue B" is reflective and emotional, and seems to take more time developing these ideas than is typical of any other Iggy record. The man won't conform to any conventions, not even the ones his fans unintentionally impose.
To sum it up, this record is the darkly beautiful account of an aging man who is still struggling with the difficulties of modern life. It is what "Time out of Mind" was for Bob Dylan. I too have to applaud him for taking such a chance, and having the sheer talent to end up with an honest, moving, and uniquely "Iggy" work of art.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Iggy's accessible beatnik rocknroll December 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Let's face it, Iggy's an acquired taste for most. His albums have never sold much, and therefore his following over a 35 year career is hardcore and loyal. This AVENUE B however, works on a few levels. Play it for someone who likes artists like the Stones, Dylan, U-2, Neil Young, Van Morrison, John Lennon, Doors, and who have heard of Iggy but never bought any of his work, and they'll probably like this. Long-time Stooges/Iggy fans might like some of it, but find the rest forgetable or boring. Even Iggy must find it boring however, to stick to the same musical range he's been doing since '69, and the beatnik poet side of him was probably looking for expression after passing his 50th year. The honesty of the lyrics on AVENUE B rival that of John Lennon on his 1970 PLASTIC ONO BAND album, with its stripped down sound, and overall openness. To the casual Iggy fan, I suggest this along with his BEST OF album to get a good taste of Iggy's musical range. And to his hardcore loyal following, I say cut him a break. He returned to your narrow musical fold with BEAT 'EM UP and SKULL RING, OK?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of all time January 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Sounds excessive, maybe,

but I do count this within the 5 best albums I have ever heard, and I have close to 10.000.

This is an album full of pain, full of emotion, reflexion, wisdom, poetry, it has it all.

Iggy like you never heard him before, and like he was never heard since
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Shakin' All Under...
Certainly of interest to Iggy fans such as myself. There are some magnificent pieces here. "Corruption," "Shakin' All Over," interesting "Español," but for the most part, it... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bacon
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont fence him in, baby...
Bought the Idiot in 1976 when 16 been on the train ever since.
Some records were good, average and then great. Read more
Published on July 28, 2011 by Johnny Komatsu
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated
I picked this up at the local music store being burdgeoning iggy/stooges fan all i can say is why are there so many crappy reviews of it? Read more
Published on March 15, 2011 by Scott
1.0 out of 5 stars Dead End Street
It should not come as a surprise to long-time fans that Iggy Pop veered into a spoken word setting, since his gigs over the many years would find him dipping into Beat... Read more
Published on May 24, 2009 by Best Of All
4.0 out of 5 stars Avenue B [Explicit]
Avenue B [Explicit] being Pop's 1999 release and his 12th studio album is a very pleasent album with great tracks such as "Avenue B", "Corruption" and "Nazi Girlfriend". Read more
Published on March 20, 2009 by Bjorn Viberg
1.0 out of 5 stars Everybody Bombs Now And Then
Fans either love or hate this album. I fall into the later category for this is without doubt the worst Iggy Pop album, and quite probably one of the worst rock and roll albums... Read more
Published on September 30, 2006 by Stephen P. Cseplo
4.0 out of 5 stars Iggy goes mellow and what happens? A beaut of an album
Let me begin by saying that i totally understand those Iggy fans who might be a little alienated by this. Read more
Published on November 16, 2003 by Takis Tz.
1.0 out of 5 stars Iggy's on a downward spiral
As a lifelong Iggy fan that owns everything he has ever recorded, it's unfortunate to report that the great one is on a downward spiral. Read more
Published on June 28, 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Who The Hell Is This?! It ain't Iggy, I can tell you that!
Don't get me wrong I love Iggy Pop... Hell I worship the guy! He IS the "Godfather of Punk". That's why this effort is so disappointing. Read more
Published on August 2, 2001 by "doctor_ivan"
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