Ready to Die - Iggy & the Stooges
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  • Summary: The first studio release since 1973's Raw Power to be credited under Iggy & The Stooges, reunites Iggy Pop with James Williamson, Scott Asheton, and new bassist Mike Watt (Ron Asheton passed away in 2009) for the band's fifth studio album.
  • Record Label: Fat Possum
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk/New Wave, Proto-Punk, American Punk
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. May 2, 2013
    89
    Ready to Die finds the quintet on Fat Possum, making them indie artists for the first time, and they give their new label the best produced, loudest, and slickest--without sacrificing any primal grit and drive--Stooges disc yet.
  2. The result wears the weight of its history lightly, with the exception of "The Departed", a solemn tribute to lost Stooges.
  3. May 8, 2013
    80
    Ready to Die is a weirdly exhilarating gem, thanks to Iggy's fiery eloquence and the Stooges' still-raw power. Apparently rock'n'roll can be an old man's game after all.
  4. Apr 22, 2013
    70
    [A] robust studio resurrection of his alliance with guitarist James Williamson.
  5. 70
    That fleeting escape aside [“Unfriendly World”], Ready to Die is another torrid tour de force from a band built for speed, not comfort.
  6. Apr 26, 2013
    60
    Only a couple of cumbersome yet oddly elegiac acoustic ballads push the Stooges outside of their comfort zone.
  7. Apr 29, 2013
    30
    While Iggy's feral mischievousness may still be intact, the Stooges no longer feel like a band capable of anything but embarrassing themselves.

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  1. May 27, 2013
    8
    A very nice return from this classic and iconic band, legends and architectors of Punk Rock. 40 years since their classic and influential Raw Power and they still got it. I gave it an 8 out of 10 score 'cuz I didn't like the last two tracks, just forgetable ones, fillers. If they would have cut it down to just 8 tracks, it would have been a 9/10 score. Collapse