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Ready to Die by The Stooges
Released: Apr 2013
Label: FAT POSSUM
Despite guitarist James Williamson's return after 40 years, with a tone recognizable as himself during a few intros, Ready to Die still feels more like an Iggy solo album. "Dirty Deal" probably dances closest to the old raw power; elsewhere, occasional handclaps and saxes try hard to. "Gun" and the domestic-terror-inspired title cut suggest a tabloid obsession with American violence, but Iggy's flattened recitation grabs more when goofing on big breasts and bad jobs. And though plenty of it plods, at least Ig's acting his age when he croons a couple maudlin ballads for the Leonard Cohen crowd.
CHUCK EDDY

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