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Iggy PopAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 2, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B0023HPI1E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2009 album from the Alt-Rock/Punk legend. Iggy Pop takes on the language of romance and puts a decidedly French twist on Pr‚liminaires. Produced by longtime collaborator Hal Cragin, Pr‚liminaires highlights another facet of the Iggy Pop persona, focusing more on Jazz arrangements and the distinctive, rich baritone heard on classics like 'Nightclubbing' and his duet with French legend Fran‡oise Hardy on the song 'I'll Be Seeing You'. The album themes and texts have been inspired by Iggy's reading of controversial French novelist Michel Houellebecq and his book The Possibility Of An Island. On the record, Iggy even sings one song in French, a cover of Jazz standard 'Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves)', a song widely associated with French legends Yves Montand and Edith Piaf. There are also more raucous moments like the Swamp Rock stylings of 'Nice To Be Dead'.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a one-trick dog June 4, 2009
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If you are expecting Skull Ring or The Stooges, don't buy this. And don't bitch about it either. If that's what you want to hear, just put those albums on and be happy there's so much of it. It's about time the world was treated to more of the "other side" of Iggy Pop... the part where he can write intelligent lyrics and back it up with strong musical content, albeit not hard rock.

Preliminaires was written, and in some cases, sung for the French, where Iggy has his biggest following. Pre-release hype claimed it be Iggy's first jazz album. Well, yes, there's Euro jazz here, but there's also plenty of rock and lots of acoustic work too. And perhaps most importantly, some of the most unusual lyrics ever recorded: premeditated, yet sounding completely spontaneous as the finished product.

No, this is not The Stooges or Skull Ring... this is utterly different material for Iggy Pop, closer to Avenue B than anything else, but still completely unique. Listen to the samples to get an idea. It will give you the gist, but remember, those are 30 second excerpts that do not give you the complete picture. Listening to the complete tracks in complete album form leaves you wanting for more in the future and wondering why a project as great as this was not done sooner.

It's very short; clocking in at 36 minutes with flimsy packaging. This is reflected in how inexpensive it is. But that does not deminish the overall impact of this most different of Iggy Pop releases, something I hope there will be more of in the future. Highly recommended to those who can appreciate ALL the talent that Iggy Pop has... this man is no one-trick-dog.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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For the first time since 1999's Avenue B. We see the mellow jazzy soul of Iggy Pop.

First off, for the record, I don't understand why critics universally put down Avenue B as a failure. I'm an Iggy fanatic, and even though Ave B is his least Iggy-like album, I personally loved it. He hooked with Medinski, Martin & Wood, and a bunch of other real musicians, and showed his senstive side. He didn't mention his [...] getting stuck deep inside anything even once. Everyone hated it, but I thought it was the best thing he's done since the 70s.

That is until Préliminaires came along. This album may even surpass the great Avenue B. But I have to listen a few more times to be certain.

Iggy employs some diverse ingedients on this album.

"King of the Dogs" is backed by some suprisingly authentic dixieland jazz. Satchmo shares a writing credit.

Iggy also tries his hand at bossanova and applies his trademark croon to Antonio Carlos Jobim's timeless chestnut "How Insensitive."

And just like Ave B had a searing cover of "Shaking All Over" for the rockers, Préliminaires includes "It's Nice To Be Dead" as it's sole asskicker.

I love the blues number "He's Dead She's Alive." The production is as rustic as some dusty old Blind Lemon Jefferson recording from the Mississippi delta. The acoustic guitar is so shrill and so raw--like my speakers somehow transformed into a shanty of rusty corregated iron. I don't know how that would actually sound, but imagine it would be real creaky.

The rest of the cuts are a bouillabaisse of French pop chanson old and new. Aromatic notes of Edith Piaf mingle with musty Air with an icy broth recalling both The Idiot and 80s Leonard Cohen. Mwah! C'est magnifique! It's a superb dish!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop have never been better November 21, 2009
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Iggy Pop new CD is possible his best. Like Leaonard Cohen, Tom Waits et al these old buggers just keep getting better. The French quarter sound and the use of the New Orleans Funeral Band add to the mood and highlight of Pop's now very gruff voice. Check out the King of the Dogs interactive video on You Tube while your at it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's easy to see why the French love Iggy! August 12, 2009
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I'm a late convert to Iggy Pop (a listener for only the past two years or so), so his music with the Stooges is relatively new to me. I bought Preliminaires because I love his more mature voice (shown to splendid effect on this CD's 'Autumn Leaves'); a bonus was discovering the sense of humor with which he regards himself (the lyrics of 'I Want to Go to the Beach,' for instance). Other attractions: the Dixieland flavor of 'King of the Dogs'; bass chord progressions -- and additional humor -- of 'She's a Business' (a darned fine 'driving song'). On the other hand, the emphasis on death gets a little old ('Spanish Coast' especially). Still, Iggy has certainly earned the right to have some fun while expressing himself musically in a very different way. I really enjoy listening to this album!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I keep playing it August 6, 2009
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Okay this album is more interesting than great but for some reason I keep playing it over and over. It is sort of a cross between a Tom Waits cd and a Leonard Cohen cd. At least it has the pretensions of being like those great artists. Something is missing here and I am not certain what it is. Perhaps it is a certain sort of soul that those artists have that is not revealed here I can not say for sure. But regardless of whether it reaches that sort of height I keep playing it and enjoying it which is why I would recommend it and why I finally broke down and gave it four stars. This album is interesting and fun. It has the Gainsburg/Piaf style, Louis Armstrong horns, acoustic blues, and a playful love throughout of these and other sounds. Not since Tom Waits's 'Rain Dogs' cd have I heard as much eccleticism. It may not be as brilliant as that one but if you already own that one and you don't have this might want to put your money down. As I think I said...

I keep playing it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Curious blend of Berlin,New Orleans and Vegas
Iggy Pop's version of Autumn Leaves sung in French is the best ever of anybody. Just on that alone makes this cd worth having. Read more
Published on February 9, 2012 by Jerry Dunham
5.0 out of 5 stars What James Newell Osterberg Jr. Sounds Like
I was a big fan of Iggy and Lou Reed. I was also a fan of David Bowie. I could see why David sought out the lead singers of The Stooges, and The Velvet Underground, respectively,... Read more
Published on January 10, 2012 by C. CRADDOCK
4.0 out of 5 stars not your typical "Iggy"
Iggy is... Iggy. This is not where you would expect him to go. It has a laid back, bluesy feel. Swampish. Cajun, almost. Jazzy. Yes, it's Iggy. It's pretty awesome. Read more
Published on July 26, 2011 by Eric A. Costley
5.0 out of 5 stars All grown up-not sold out!
I purchased the collectors edition of this album Preliminaires (from Amazon.FR) after hearing the interview and reviews on All Things Considered. Read more
Published on April 20, 2010 by I. Inc
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I am pretty satisfied. It's cabbaret, Piaf, jazz, Sergio Leone, rock, Tom Jobim, electronic, Bowie. It's Pop. It's Iggy.
Published on December 19, 2009 by Rafael I. Fontana
1.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE

Published on September 2, 2009 by Cyber-Punk
4.0 out of 5 stars Tour de Force
Believe or not this is a jazzy one, deep, in some ways remind me Tom Waits. Good for Iggy, he can do anything...
Published on August 17, 2009 by Rodrigo Cuevas Arancibia
5.0 out of 5 stars President of Iggy Pop Fan Club (Carrboro Divsion)-Trust 5 Star...
Iggy and I go way back. I was 9 or 10 when I heard Iggy sing "I Wanna Be Your Dog"
and I instinctively knew that it was the most exciting sound I had ever heard on Detroit... Read more
Published on August 14, 2009 by Famous Jonny Mambo
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets Better with Every Album
This record sounds nothing like anything Iggy has ever done before, yet it is amazing. I bought it because I have never heard an Iggy record that I haven't liked, and this simply... Read more
Published on August 6, 2009 by Jose
3.0 out of 5 stars Lust for Life
"Preliminaires",a blues/bossa nova/jazz album from Iggy Pop, the Godfather of Punk himself, may be the MOST interesting 2009 album. Read more
Published on July 15, 2009 by Amaranth
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Great Job Iggy
I listened to the new cd when it was streaming on and found it absolutely captivating. French existentialism meets punk blended together by an artist that seems to embody both concepts. The jazz influences are amazing and the whole concept demonstrates his uniqueness in music.
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