Ready To Die (LP)


Iggy & The Stooges

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Amoeba Review

04/29/2013

With James Williamson back on guitar, who helped develop the iconic guitar sound found on the band’s classic Raw Power album, and raw production to match, Ready to Die feels like the Iggy & the Stooges reunion album fans have been hoping for. It’s clearly modeled after Raw Power, the band’s raucous third album, with acidic opener “Burn” replacing “Search and Destroy” and “Sex and Money’s” dirty groove calling to mind “Gimme Danger’s” acoustic menace. Purists may gripe at this or that; the “I want it!” calls in the background of “Sex and Money” are cheesy, but Fun House-era saxophonist Steve Mackay and Williamson’s insistent riffs, which dig further into you with each subsequent spin like a dirty hook, obliterate most of the issues listeners may take. Simple, thickheaded songs like “Job” and “Gun” pretty much sound great depending on how loudly you play them, despite unfortunate lyrics, while the ballads leave plenty to be desired — Iggy Pop’s take on Serge Gainsbourg’s vocal stylings sound awkward in this framework. Ready to Die sounds best when it looks back; the sentiment of the title track is as macabre as Stooges classics like “Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell,” giving Williamson, Mackay, original drummer Scott Asheton and Mike Watt, who fills in on bass for the deceased Ron Asheton, the chance to get nasty like it’s 1970. At its best, on songs like the grimy “Dirty Deal,” Ready to Die will give fans the dose of Stooges madhouse rock ’n’ roll they’ve been clamoring for.

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Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Burn
Iggy & The Stooges 03:37
2.
Sex And Money
Iggy & The Stooges 03:18
3.
Job
Iggy & The Stooges 03:05
4.
Gun
Iggy & The Stooges 03:07
5.
Unfriendly World
Iggy & The Stooges 03:46


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Ready To Die
Iggy & The Stooges 03:06
2.
Dd's
Iggy & The Stooges 03:12
3.
Dirty Deal
Iggy & The Stooges 03:42
4.
Beat That Guy
Iggy & The Stooges 03:15
5.
The Departed
Iggy & The Stooges 04:36
6.
Dying Breed
Iggy & The Stooges 03:12

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