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Ready to Die

April 30, 2013

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  • Original Release Date: April 30, 2013
  • Label: Fat Possum
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Gimme Danger Under Exclusive License to Fat Possum Records
  • Total Length: 37:56
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  • ASIN: B00CF0VGUG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,720 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Vstmxo on April 30, 2013
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Ready to Die offers enough great songs to earn five stars, despite the one clunker. "Job," "Gun," "Burn," and the title track are blistering, concise, and sardonic, with more humor and grit than any of us have a right to expect. If you doubt their power, check out the recent live NYC performance video posted on NPR. Iggy and the Stooges start the set with these songs, and they hold up admirably to the classic material. My admiration for this album has a lot to do with James Williamson's guitar. I'm in awe of his riffs and tone, which are creative, natural and expressive. Also, listening to the studio album you might assume you're hearing dense layers of guitar overdubbing, but watch the live performance and you'll see that Williamson is creating most of those "layers" in one pass. I've read a bunch of other reviews of Ready to Die, and the music critics' ambivalence about Mr. Pop still comes through, but they can't have it both ways: They can't say the new material doesn't hold up to the old, when many of them never liked The Stooges in the first place. The claim that the 66-year-old Iggy doesn't have the fire of his youth sets an impossible and irrelevant benchmark. His age and experience is now an advantage, otherwise we wouldn't have two heartfelt ballads, the near-mystical ode to "the Departed" Ron Asheton, and the beautifully lyrical "Unfriendly World." This album is great [enough]. Give Iggy and the Stooges their due. The fans and the critics lapped up the recent David Bowie release The Next Day, but Ready to Die has already earned 50-times more repeat plays at my house (thanks to NPR and Amazon[today]).

Update: On further listening, I have to acknowledge Mike Watt on bass, Scott Asheton on drums, and Steve MacKay's sax. All great. In the Stooges' live performances, the saxophone in particular is often buried under mega-decibal guitar, but on Ready to Die it really comes through beautifully.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By bdlove@earthlink.net on May 4, 2013
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This is, in any universe other than our own, a six star record. Iggy is amazing. Nobody can condense the human condition into a couple-measure couplet like he can: "I'm on file/with a reptile." Well, that pretty much covers our security state, doesn't it? No need for a gaseous position paper. You can glean wisdom like that throughout the whole record, and DD, while it is very, very funny, also has some smart shots at what we perceive as feminine beauty and, oh, this is sounding academic. Just listen to it.

This doesn't replicate the Stooges of a generation ago, and it shouldn't. They aren't the same performers and we aren't the same listeners. (And the other writer is correct; critics of this never liked the Stooges in the first place. They were writing glowing reviews of "Muskrat Love" for its "poetry" or some such.) What this Stooge production does have is the intelligence. This stuff has often been imitated, but never successfully copied, the mix of great riffs and, well, Iggy...never afraid to go reeling into quarter tones if it serves him, no AutoTune here, obviously, and crooning like a champion when that suits the bill. It also has better guitar chops than you'll hear from the formula shredders, GIT sanctioned.

In the end, though, all the above is beside the point. It's a great Iggy record with a simpatico band that really gets him. I saw one of their first gigs way, way back in the day...Wampler's Lake Pavilion, in Michigan...and I have never missed a single release since then. Iggy sticks. I cannot recommend this record too highly to anyone who cares about rock and roll. Because it still matters, in some universes.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dano on May 7, 2013
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The last Stooges recording, with the dearly departed Ron Asheton at the helm, rocked off the scales. I always thought"The Weirdness" was Asheton's version of Raw Power, since he was relegated to Bass on that record. This while a new guitar hero named James Williamson got the glory. Any Stooges fan who doesn't get the inherent humor of "The Weirdness", with it's great snapshots of the real world(Greedy Awful People, My Idea of Fun)can now rejoice. They now have the album they've been waiting for. This is "Kill City" for the new mellenium or where "New Values" left off so many years ago. The fact that it really doesn't sound like a Stooges album is beside the point. I can understand this coming out as The Stooges though, instead of Iggy Pop and James Williamson, because the name has certainly become popular to a new generation of skate punks (who are direct descendents of the original CBGB punks). Amazing stuff then that a rock band who were way ahead of their time are finally getting the respect and adulation they always deserved. Even stranger still it's happening in this decadent society we now inhabit. I'll never forget the hatred I was greeted with by the Deadheads when I came to the party with "Raw Power" on the first day it came out. But I knew I had to turn them on to it and stuck it on the record player anyway. Everyone but me hated it, of course, but time has proven me correct. Iggy and The Stooges rule today, and that is simply incredible! Anyway this is an excellent CD, produced expertly by James Williamson, with some of the best songs Iggy and The Stooges ever came out with. They strip the world down to it's lowest common denominator, Just as "The Stooges" did 40 years ago.
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