Ready to Die

How many second chances does Iggy Pop get? The singing Stooge nabs another with this robust studio resurrection of his alliance with guitarist James Williamson, the axis behind the Stooges' 1973 lethal-glam classic, Raw Power, and the battered jewels on the 1977 Pop-Williamson set, Kill City. Ready to Die more resembles the latter, not just in the lower acoustic gear of "Unfriendly World" and "The Departed," a homage to the late Stooge Ron Asheton, but in the meaty brawling-Stones thrust of "Burn," "Job," "Gun" and the lascivious "DD's." Iggy is, as you can tell, in blunt fuck-you and just-try-to-kill-me form – the reason, of course, he gets all these chances.

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