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If you don't think that this album rocks hard enough then I think that you may not be listening to it at the correct volume setting: maximum. Every song here hits hard and fast and is overpowering at high volume. If people tell you this album has no balls, or that the production is poor, don't believe it.
The truly disappointing thing about all of the dismissive reviews is that no one is actually bothering to analyze the material on the record. They seize on some of the dorkier lyrics and give the thumbs down. What we have on this record, as one of the better reviews has put it, is a profound cynicism. Iggy express hatred for mankind and human nature ("You Can't Have Friends", "My Idea of Fun"). He attacks religion ("Greedy Awful People", "No Christianity") and war ("My Idea of Fun") and links sex with money ("ATM" and "She Took Money"). Songs like "I'm Fried" and "Free and Freaky" also express the disaffected drop out attitude that we are familiar with from past Stooges material ("1969").
More important than the cynicism expressed throughout the album is the recurrent theme of weirdness that's explored in "Free and Freaky", "Mexican Guy" and, of course, the title track.Read more ›
The band behind him oftentimes sounds like they're in front of him, smashing through 12 tracks of rock n' roll, pretty straight ahead.
I'm guessing Iggy hasn't been a regular smoker because his voice is in solid shape. And he's really funny. At the end of the first song when he says, 'Trollin' ... Trollin,' an awkward emphasis especially on the second pronunciation, I think it's so funny.
He's really been through it and on 'I'm Fried' he repeatedly sings, 'I'm REALLY fried,' and the more times you hear it the more amusing and either off-putting or engaging it becomes, depending on if you are allured by discomforting truths.
I think ATM is my favorite track. Towards the end, the guitar work becomes a monster and the creator of this over-powering, blue-collar riff is from another planet. With bullets flying past him, a mutant uses a wide ladel to swipe lava from a black, boiling pot and pours it down his throat which ignites the machine gun in his other hand to shoot out this cranking soul. Or something like that, because this simplicity appears metaphysical.
While the band keeps shooting, Iggy often displays his spooky amount of insight. In the brilliant 'My Idea of Fun' he sings/says:
'Attention thrills and then it kills
They make you a king, it makes you ill
Till your alone, dead on your throne'
All this after desperation enters through an excellent guitar hook 15 seconds in, setting this song on fire.Read more ›
Turns out to be next to classic Iggy, some lyrics are lightheaded, but most are great songs.
My faves are ATM, My very fave is My Idea Of Fun, the creepy title track with balladeer, crooner Iggy in rare form, ALL stand out but maybe 2 that are fillers.
If you like Iggy and Stooges, GET IT ASAP.
Take my suggestion on listening more than once, you will be sold.
Norman C- Houston
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hear the joy! Truly amazing reformation album--I just recorded it with Ready to Die--another winner. Both Highly Recommended!Published 14 months ago by P ski
This is a very good CD but many will be disappointed if comparing it Stooges ST, Fun House, Raw Power and Kill City.Published on April 18, 2013 by David B. Woods
After Skull Ring, I was expecting a really rocking record from the Stooges, at first listen when this was released I dismissed it, did not like it, now almost 5 years since it was... Read morePublished on July 4, 2012 by Dennis R. Goodwin
Its great that Iggy reunited with the Stooges but this CD is not so great. The songs just arent that good. There is no urgency, no passion in the singing. Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by Kevin Brock
this is a great cd it is fun and enjoyable to listen to the best songs on this cd are
5. The Weirdness
6. Free & Freaky
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they should of never got back together to do a studio album this sounds nothing
like the old stooges its complete crap but iggy is the man i would of though
he would... Read more