THE STOOGES — The Weirdness (review)

THE STOOGES — The Weirdness album cover Album · 2007 · Proto-Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
1.5/5 ·
Warthur
When the first track on the legendarily confrontational Stooges' long-awaited reunion album is called "Trollin'", it's hard not to raise an eyebrow. Iggy Pop sings in the track in question about how "Rock critics wouldn't like this at all", and it's hard not to take that as a direct admission that as far as a followup to the band's legendary proto-punk releases at the dawn of the 1970s goes The Weirdness simply isn't up to scratch.

On albums such as Raw Power and (especially) the incredible Fun House the Stooges sounded like nothing anyone had heard before, and precious little that has come since; on The Weirdness, they sound like any other third-rate garage band. In fact, the closest point of comparison is Skull Ring, Iggy Pop's preceding solo album (on which the Stooges reunion first manifested), a piece which showed a similar total lack of good ideas. In short, I am left with the profound impression that Iggy got the Stooges back together simply because he ran out of better ideas, not because there was any material worthy of the band's illustrious past for them to perform.
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