The Weirdness

  • Record Label: Virgin
  • Release Date: Mar 6, 2007
Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 32
  2. Negative: 11 out of 32
  1. A major disappointment that puts a real chink in this great band's legacy.
  2. Alternative Press
    10
    I'm listening to "Free And Freaky"--the third track on this new, horrible Stooges album and possibly the worst song ever written by anyone anywhere--and I can't believe you actually just rhymed "Obama" with "Dalai Lama" and "baby's mama." [Apr 2007, p.191]
  3. This is not the sound of a band with anything on the line.
  4. Billboard
    70
    It's a tightly woven scheme whose anthemic simplicity is deceptive and leaves room for sophisticated (but still fierce) arrangements. [10 Mar 2007]
  5. Blender
    80
    Fans of the Stooges' early-'70s masterpieces wondered what they would have sounded like with a big-league budget. Here's the answer: loud, surly and still barely civilized. [Apr 2007, p.120]
  6. "The Weirdness" is raw, but where's the power?
  7. The songs themselves aren’t so much unlistenable as just a little sad, highlighting the fact that Iggy Pop is less-than-scary nowadays, and his voice is shot to hell.
  8. It sounds like 4th generation Stooges impersonators.
  9. The problem lies in the fact that The Stooges have nothing left to say.
  10. Devoid of inspiration, lacking in any edge, this is pathetic.
  11. There are certainly moments of The Weirdness that rock. A few of these new Stooges songs may even cause you to stand up and take notice. The difference is, the old ones made you duck for cover.
  12. The band sounds crisper and cleaner than it should.
  13. Though hardly the disaster it could have been, then, The Stooges’ return feels unnecessary and, more importantly, undignified.
  14. It doesn't have the kind of force and power that would show the kids how it should be done.
  15. Mojo
    80
    These 12 tunes pack an almighty sonic punch. [Apr 2007, p.96]
  16. Sure, 'The Weirdness' rarely comes close to capturing the feral magic of the band's best vintage work (even if 'Mexican Guy' is built on the same rhythm as '1969') , but, hey, it's The Stooges - and that should be enough for anyone.
  17. The Weirdness does have many of the recognizable sonic and structural traits, but the essential threat of impending doom is missing.
  18. An album that hideously disgraces the band's original work.
  19. It's a rather sad indictment that by the end of the album you almost forget its The Stooges gainfully toiling away.
  20. Like every other inferior album by a defunct cult band that has unexpectedly reunited, it is a danger to the band’s legacy.
  21. Q Magazine
    30
    Where they were once a glorious mess, here they are simply a mess. [Apr 2007, p.114]
  22. You know how reunion albums work: You listen for the playing, not for the songs, which are mediocre at best.
  23. The Weirdness never sounds like anything more than a competent but ultimately unremarkable band that sounds a little like The Stooges.
  24. Spin
    70
    Both a big relief and a mild disappointment. [Mar 2007, p.90]
  25. Cringe-worthy lines are unfortunately rampant through The Weirdness’s (long) forty minutes.
  26. The Weirdness comes off as another solid yet daffy Iggy Pop solo album. The performances are energetic, but Watt is a virtual non-factor.
  27. Even at 40 minutes, this album is interminable.
  28. Pop's lyrics about his penis and ATMs are beyond self-parody.
  29. The spirit is there, even when, in some cases, the songwriting is not. [25 Feb 2007]
  30. Uncut
    30
    The problem with The Weirdness is that it shoots its bolt immediately and has nothing left to offer. [Apr 2007, p.93]
  31. Under The Radar
    30
    Instrumentally, the album might be as strong as any Stooges work, with blistering guitar, blazing tempos, and well-placed skronking sax, but time and again, Pop proves its hindrance. [#17, p.93]
  32. Urb
    50
    The results... rarely match up with the legend. [Apr 2007, p.107]
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 42
  2. Negative: 15 out of 42
  1. May 10, 2015
    7
    Been listening to The Stooges since the early 80's, and while this album may not become a classic like their first 3, it is still one of theBeen listening to The Stooges since the early 80's, and while this album may not become a classic like their first 3, it is still one of the best records to come out in 07. And personally I like it better than Fun House, but that's just me. Full Review »
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jul 23, 2007
    3
    You can't go back. Iggy's done just fine-amazing really-with his solo career. This,however, doesn't work at all. The Stooges You can't go back. Iggy's done just fine-amazing really-with his solo career. This,however, doesn't work at all. The Stooges are one of my favorite bands-they were damn near perfect. Today these are the same guys but not the same band. I'm a little surprised we all expected more. We all could use a few extra bucks and I hope the Ashtons snag a few here-good guys that did something amazing back in the day. Full Review »
  3. DR
    Jun 11, 2007
    8
    The vinyl version is infinitely better than the cd version. It's got a better overall sound (you can actually hear the bass!) and the The vinyl version is infinitely better than the cd version. It's got a better overall sound (you can actually hear the bass!) and the bonus ep makes it all worthwhile with songs infinitely better than on the album and cd version. The big mistake here is only a select amount of people are going to get to hear the best part of the release. Full Review »