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2007's The Weirdness broke the protective glass on The Stooges' untouchable legacy as Godfathers of Punk. It proved that to keep rock 'n' roll a living ideal, illusions of perfectionism had to be shattered. There's no way for anyone—not even the men who created them—to match or surpass the three albums Iggy made with the various Stooges lineups in the '60s and '70s. Yet on 2013's Ready to Die, he still dukes it out at a higher level than most of the competition. Original Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton has passed away—and is serenaded here on "The Departed." James Williamson, the guitarist who headed the Raw Power days, takes over. Williamson was always the more versatile guitarist, so it's no surprise that when it comes to writing new Stooges anthems, Williamson is more than capable of bringing the band into new territory. "Job," "Gun," and the title track are primal rockers, but the acoustic blues of "Unfriendly World" might be the most poignant tune The Stooges have cut since their Kill City days. "DD's" proves there's no growing old gracefully for these naughty little doggies.

Customer Reviews

Finally here!

I heard the preview of this album in an NPR first look and couldn't wait to get it. I found myself going back to the NPR article everyday and listening to it from there. Finally I can hear it while I'm away from my computer. Great album. Iggy's voice shows its age on the slower songs, but the fast songs really rock.

Worth the Wait!

I have been an Iggy fan for 30 years. It never gets old. This guy and the Stooges rock! This release exceeded my expectations!

The Stooges in amber

I'm surprised how much I'm loving this album. Sure, the edges aren't quite as ragged as they once were. But it's amazing how deftly these 60-somethings blend teenage angst with anxieties of the aged. It's a Stooges album without doubt yet modern enough to be accessible to Iggy's newer fans.


Formed: 1967 in Ann Arbor, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '00s, '10s

During the psychedelic haze of the late '60s, the grimy, noisy, and relentlessly bleak rock & roll of the Stooges was conspicuously out of time. Like the Velvet Underground, the Stooges revealed the underside of sex, drugs, and rock & roll, showing all of the grime beneath the myth. The Stooges, however, weren't nearly as cerebral as the Velvets. Taking their cue from the over-amplified pounding of British blues, the primal raunch of American garage rock, and the psychedelic rock (as well...
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