Review Summary: A lively effort equals perfection when it comes to the duo of Iggy Pop and David Bowie...
After ‘The Idiot’, Iggy Pop and David Bowie returned to the Hansa Studios in Berlin, where Bowie’s acclaimed ‘Berlin trilogy’ and ‘The Idiot’ were recorded in the span of two years, looking to further expose Iggy to the commercial masses. In just a year, Iggy would have an unofficial trilogy of his own, comprised of ‘The Idiot’, ‘Lust for Life’ and ‘Kill City’.
With ‘Lust for Life’, Pop and company experimented with a group-oriented sound instead of the keyboard-driven excess of ‘The Idiot’. This time around, Pop would have more influence in the writing process of the nine songs on ‘Lust for Life’, and like with ‘The Idiot’, each one manages to stay consistent and even work better as an album than its predecessor.
On songs such as “Lust for Life”, “Some Weird Sin”, "Neighborhood Threat", and “The Passenger”, the band grouped up for this album, consisting of Bowie, Pop, Tony and Hunt Sales, Ricky Gardiner, and Carlos Alomar, work even better as a unit than the band from ‘The Idiot’, with the main focus of ‘Lust’ being a group effort with the influence of the sound focusing on the rhythm section. The workmanship on the album, especially these songs, make for the essential listens of the album.
Tracks like “Tonight”, “Turn Blue” and “Fall In Love With Me”, on the other hand, focus mainly on the Bowie-Pop duo, with Bowie’s work on the keyboards being at the forefront, with “Turn Blue”, the grand melodramatic track of the album, is one of more underrated tracks of the album and in Pop’s discography.
In retrospect, ‘Lust for Life’ improves on the group aspect of ‘The Idiot’, and makes it seems like more of a group effort, whereas ‘The Idiot’ seems much more like a solo effort. Another improvement is the lively sound, making for a listen that’ll keep your attention, where ‘The Idiot’ seemed cold and sterile, not in its production, but in its music. Another perfect album by the Igster. It’s a shame, considering he doesn’t have much more perfect albums like this afterwards.