Iggy and the Stooges

Ready To Die

I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new album from Iggy & The Stooges after the dismal failure that was their last effort, The Weirdness. After seeing the band on their recent tour, I was thinking they were going to come back swinging, delivering a return to form with an album that reeks of awesomeness.

Sadly, this wasn’t the case. Ready To Die just comes off a tad, well, boring might be too strong a word to use but let me just say that it IS much better than The Weirdness but still a long way from the amazing impact that Raw Power had and continues to have on anyone who comes into contact with it. At times the songs seem rushed and a bit messy with no real purpose and repeated vocals. Sure, there are times when it really hits the spot but they are too far and few between and I found myself losing interest more often than not and I hate that, I felt dirty. It’s definitely not worthy of being dismissed altogether but if you thought Raw Power, Funhouse or even Kill City was ass kickin’ then you may want to listen to this before you shell out the cash expecting Search And Destroy and instead get subjected to the songs Unfriendly World and The Departed which I feel are the weakest links on the album.

Believe me, I really wanted to love this album and shower it with praise because I am a huge fan of The Stooges and I still think that Iggy is one of the greatest frontmen to ever grace a stage. Sadly, Ready To Die was not the album I wanted to hear. Maybe I will listen to it again another day and it will connect with me and I will ‘get’ it but after repeated listens, so far I am just not feeling it. Sorry.