Iggy & the Stooges return once again with their roaring and raucous fifth album ‘Ready To Die’. Their latest offering features what is only to be expected of The Stooges, with the album featuring clanging guitar and bass-lines, accompanied by Iggy Pop’s interesting yet entertaining vocals. It seems that none of the spark that was prominent in The Stooges or even Iggy Pop’s solo work has been lost on this record. ‘Ready To Die’ is seemingly a great record, which should be sure to entertain old fans. It should be said that it is easily not their best record, but even after all this time, it is great to see the band come out with something that sounds as good as this.
Iggy Pop & The Stooges’s new album offers a lot that is sure to please fans of The Stooges, and perhaps even fans of the genre. It seems the band hasn’t cashed out on their new album, and have instead simply made an album that is only to be expected of them. ‘Ready To Die’ features track after track, all of which just seem to hit the exact right notes. It feels like everything an Iggy Pop & The Stooges album should be. It’s pleasing to see the band coming out with an album that is as strong as this, without the band losing any integrity. In essence, ‘Ready To Die’ is a Stooges album simple and true, featuring everything that makes up a Stooges album. Musically, the album is great, with tracks featuring some great guitar riffs that push the songs along, which are then accompanied by Iggy Pop’s vocals that help to make the other half of the album. The album also features a good variety of songs, ranging from fast-paced and roaring tracks, to more downbeat and slower songs. The variety helps to keep the whole album interesting, and works well in The Stooge’s favor.
Whilst there’s many strengths to ‘Ready To Die’, it does seem though that although it is a great album, it feels like it may not become an album that is well remembered or revered. The songs on the album are good, but they’re nothing that is truly amazing or inspiring. It’s fun to listen to, which is one of the most important things about it really, but it is a shame considering that Iggy Pop himself has been responsible for some truly memorable songs in the past. Considering that it is also the year of David Bowie’s return to music after a decade, whose latest album fits in perfectly as one of his best, it is slightly disappointing that Iggy Pop hasn’t really achieved the same.
Overall though, ‘Ready To Die’ is simply a great album. There’s enough in the album to keep things incredibly entertaining, with a few tracks being quite amusing, (lyrically). It seems that Iggy Pop and The Stooges haven’t lost anything that has helped to make them so great, with everything sounding pretty much as good as it has ever done in the past. Considering that this is the band’s fifth album as well, and that they’ve been around since the late 60’s, it’s interesting to see that the band are still sounding as strong as they have ever done.
- ★★★★☆ 4/5
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