The Stooges
Ready to Die


3.0
good


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: After the abysmal "The Weirdness" in 2007, the veteran proto-punk rock group shows signs of improvement in "Ready to Die", but have a long way to go if they are to show that they still have what it takes to be a great band after all these years.

The Stooges have been through a lot in the past decade since their reunion: A comeback concert marred by the 2003 Blackout, loads of touring, oddly, with most of it being in Europe, especially after the release of "The Weirdness" in 2007; the death of guitarist Ron Asheton in 2009, and the return of James Williamson, who came out of retirement and his prominent post at Sony to play with the Stooges. After Asheton's death, Iggy Pop proclaimed that "The Stooges died with him, [Asheton] but there's still "Iggy and the Stooges."

In 2012, five years after "The Weirdness", it was announced that "Ready to Die" would be released the following April on Fat Possum Records. Thus began the anticipation, sparked with a snippet of "Job" with Iggy dressed as a scarecrow.

Admittedly, when I saw this, I wasn't that impresssed and was baffled. But none the less, I was excited for the album. Sure, it wasn't going to be a second "Raw Power", but that wasn't the point of the album. "Ready to Die" is simply a Stooges record for the sake of being a Stooges record, and not looking to be the next "Raw Power", but to be different and to earn a place among the nearly-perfect discography of the band.

"Ready to Die", though decent when it comes to its songwriting, the instrumental work is perfect for a group like The Stooges. Unfortunately, "Ready to Die" doesn't stay consistent, and tends to go off the rails every now and then. Iggy's vocals are at its best in nearly five years, and compliments the music very well. The only thing missing is Ron Asheton on bass, but in return, we get Mike Watt, who isn't too bad, but lacks the charm and power that Asheton had on the bass.

While there are some flaws in "Ready to Die", it shows that the group still has what it takes to be great and hopefully, if they have a follow-up waiting it the wings, it'll improve on this.



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rockandmetaljunkie
May 3rd 2013


6006 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm a big fun of the Stooges but idk if I will jam this one.

Gwynbleiddsfang
May 3rd 2013


363 Comments


I'm hoping that that album title has something to do with the band

I only heard 2 songs from the previous album but they were embarassing, still need to jam older stuff tho

tempest--
May 3rd 2013


18915 Comments


You haven't really described the album a whole lot, you just say that there is "good guitar work" in every track.

Calc
May 3rd 2013


15034 Comments


I like your name but yeah, track by tracks are lame. I get that there's drumming and riffs in the record.

peaks40
May 3rd 2013


2825 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

what? this is that good?

peaks40
May 3rd 2013


2825 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

then i must listen

Adabelle
May 4th 2013


4304 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's a decent album, wasn't huge on the lyrics...

KILL
May 4th 2013


78265 Comments


prob sucks

Digging: Bryan MacLean - Ifyoubelievein

peaks40
May 4th 2013


2825 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

^wow KILL that fucking hurts bro

rockandmetaljunkie
May 26th 2013


6006 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Then, you probably need to edit your introduction. You're contradicting your self with the following statements:

"makes a fantastic return to form with "Ready to Die"."

"Ready to Die" doesn't stay consistent, and tends to go off the rails every now and then."

eddie95
August 3rd 2013


675 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pretty decent album, nothing special though

MUNGOLOID
September 5th 2013


4450 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

they should make one more album so they can call it even and quits.

Pheromone
October 28th 2013


4945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The albums good but cringey as all fuck.

oltnabrick
May 15th 2014


35173 Comments


Hopefully, this does the album justice, and gets it a great review it deserves. It's a shame people's votes put it down to a 2.9. The average should be 3.3 at most.

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Tunaboy45
January 23rd 2016


13275 Comments


This'll probably end up being the last Stooges album.

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Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
January 23rd 2016


7783 Comments


this and The Weirdness are harshly underrated

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Tunaboy45
January 23rd 2016


13275 Comments


I haven't actually heard The Weirdness.

Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
January 23rd 2016


7783 Comments


it's not that bad. worst Stooges album but it's pleasant enough.

tempest--
January 23rd 2016


18915 Comments


wow my comment on this was like ars moriendi lvl better edit that LOL



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