After Iggy Pop celebrated his birthday yesterday, he gives the fans back a present as his latest upcoming album with his Stooges, titled Ready To Die, is now available for a full listen for free over at NPR.
The album, which reunites him with James Williamson (the two haven’t played together on record since Pop’s 1979 solo effort New Values), clocks in at under 35 minutes and showcases the spirit and hard edge of the band’s glory years. The fact that the 66-year-old Iggy and the 63-year-old Williamson are even able to muster up sounds such as these, which range from the simplistic yet powerful yelps of pre-punk rock and roll to mellow ballads with iron bottom floors to them, is alone ear opening. In hearing the record, the men (along with original Stooges drummer Scott Asheton and bass by the post-punk legend Mike Watt) musically wax earnest, bouquets all around indeed for effort and attitude.
Have a listen over at NPR and judge for yourself. The raw power may have lost a few amps and ohms in the decades since The Stooges butted their musical heads through titanium, but the current still runs high. The record is to be officially released on April 30th.