The Stooges
The Weirdness


1.5
very poor

Review

by ValiumMan USER (17 Reviews)
March 6th, 2007 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Proto-punk heroes return after 30-odd years. Mission "Spoil Legacy" accomplished.

Woo-hoo! Let's all celebrate cos the Stooges are back! What's changed for the legendary forefathers of many (or all) things punk rock through the years since their glorious(???) disintegration in 1973? Well, on the surface, not even that much. Iggy Pop still wears his trusty "jeans and no shirt" combination on stage, even though he looks strangely metalhead-esque now, guitar Ron Asheton still looks like the cynical asshole next door, especially with his additional weight and that mean little piece of facial hair. His brother Scott (drums) essentially has the same "generic, booze-happy rocker" looks he's had back in the day as well. Bassist Dave Alexander, who actually died shortly after the band split up, is replaced by Mike Watt of Minutemen/fIREHOSE (among others) fame and Steve Albini, America’s finest when it comes to ugly, noisy rock music produces. Steve Mackay, who played some sax on their legendary Fun House album is there too. So all’s well and the band’s new 2007 album The Weirdness is a “great, mature comeback”, right? Well, actually, no.

Right when you (iggy) pop the CD in (or play an illegal copy of it on your computer), you know something’s wrong. Well, no, actually, everything seems right at the very first glance, the song is introduced by one of Iggy’s famous “huh!” grunts, the guitar is noisy and heavy, the bass rumbles and the drums bang appropriately. Props to ol’ Stevie A. The production’s really fitting.

But wait, there actually IS a lot wrong. First of all, the music feels very generic-hardrocky and almost life-affirming. The heroin-addled bleakness and subversive energy from their old albums is completely gone, replaced by something that’s far closer to the 70’s revival *** any second-class “stoner rock” band plays these days. The whole album, with the exception of the title track, which tries to sound like Fun House’s Dirt but miserably fails and Passing Cloud, which is a pathetic attempt at the boring psychedelia the Stooges rebelled against in the 60’s/70’s. Nice sax though.

Iggy’s vocal delivery is terrible as well, to say the least. He’s had that snarling voice with the “*** off” attitude kinda implanted into it back in the days, but now he just sounds like some dude who sings for some bar room blues band. I acknowledge he’s almost 60 now, and his past self is one of my favorite rock singers, but there’s others that are just as old and don’t completely suck (Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, even Paul McCartney!), so that’s no ***ing excuse, really. And My Idea Of Fun seriously has the most out of tune chorus vocal melody I ever heard on a non-Syd Barrett record. That’s actually what ruins this album for me. Without Iggy’s ***ty-ass performance, it would’ve been passable, but this way it just stinks.

Even the so-primitive-they’re-brilliant tongue in cheek lyrics have been replaced by uhhmm… dumb and embarrassing tongue in cheek lyrics. The album opener Trollin’ has Iggy boasting about how big his wiener is and how many girls he can *** with it. Sorry, but I just find that extremely hard to take seriously, especially since it’s coming from a 60-year-old, and if it’s a joke, it’s a bad one. I mean, when he sang “Now I’m ready to feel your hand/and lose my heart on the burnin’ sand” in I Wanna Be Your Dog in 1969, it was clever in all its simplicity, but “My dick just turned into a tree” is nothing but juvenile and stupid (may I remind you of the guy’s age again!) Free And Freaky ain’t better either. "Alabama/ Dalai Lama/ Baby mama/ Madonna/ Benihana/ Intifada", and that’s actually how it goes. Nothing to add there. Where have all the Stooges gone?

In conclusion, the sad thing about The Weirdness is that it’s not just bad, Iggy Pop lets you know all the time, which is a pity, because the other band members’ as well as Steve Albini’s contributions are actually rather good and would make for a nice dirty rock’n’roll album, if the singer hadn’t chosen to go down the juvenile route, lyrically and the forgettable route, vocally. “Rock critics wont’t like this at all”, he sings right at the beginning of the album. Well, I’m at least an amateur critic and I don’t ***ing like this piece of ***. At least Iggy seems to be happy about that.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
JohnXDoesn't
March 6th 2007


1283 Comments


goddamn you i was just through my first paragraph for this review but i must say while i don't agree with the very low rating i do agree with the review for the most part. this album is a huge disappointment and Steve Albini should be shot for his "clean" mix. nice review...meh...i will finish my review, anyways....

EDIT: SOP has done one, too .....fuk it....This Message Edited On 03.06.07

MrKite
March 6th 2007


5020 Comments


Mission "Spoil Legacy" accomplished.

That was awesome.
This seems like a big mistake on everyone who was involved's part.

Tangy zizzle
March 6th 2007


253 Comments


Hrm, 1.5 is a little low. On the whole it's an average album with small flourishes of promise.

ValiumMan
March 7th 2007


493 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks everyone.
I'd have given this 2.5, but I subtracted one point for the sheer disappointment, seeing as their 3 "original" albums (particularly Fun House) are some of my all-time faves, and this is just a fucking disgrace if you know those albums, really.

AlienEater
March 7th 2007


716 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

why did they bother?

Iai
Emeritus
March 7th 2007


3553 Comments


This was quite difficult to read. There's loads of run-on sentences that seem to disappear into tangents. What you're trying to say isn't clear at times.

I get the feeling the sentiments are right, though. With the exception of Mojo, everybody who's reviewed this has given it something in the region of 2/5.

Iai
Emeritus
March 7th 2007


3553 Comments


Yeah but you have a Hanoi Rocks avatar.

ValiumMan
March 7th 2007


493 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@Iai: I know this was gonna come. You can even give me a neg if you feel like it. I don't mind.
Thing is, this review was originally just a bunch of random thoughts I had about the album when I listened to it 1 or 2 times maybe and I tried my hardest to assemble them into some sort of semi-concise thing, but it didn't really work out.
But at least it has something in common with the album that way. :D

Lemmyisgod
April 17th 2007


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love the new record myself. I just saw The Stooges play in philly last week and it was the best Iggy concert I have ever been to so far and I have seen Iggy 17 times. Even some of Iggys music that I didn't think I liked to begin with seems to grow on me and the more I hear it the more I like it. From what I see of what those who are critical of this record are digging it seems to me they wouldn't know great music to begin with. Avril lavigne? LMAO The stooges rock, go rate the newest brittney spears record, that's more your style! At least Iggy never sold out!

ValiumMan
April 23rd 2007


493 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I hope that "Lemmyisgod" dude didn't neg my review because he doesn't agree (I suspect it though).
Anyway, I've read into this again, and I must say, I think it's quite decent for what it is, actually.

skatersonic2002
June 15th 2007


48 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

this album made me cry. My favorite band of all time making one of the worst albums of all time.



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