Iggy’s second solo album came hot on the heels of the similarly Bowie-produced, but stylistically very different The Idiot (both 1977). With the Sales brothers on bass and drums and Carlos Alomar and Ricky Gardiner on guitars, this is much more of a rock album, but one that doesn’t at all resemble the Stooges.
The title track and The Passenger are now almost omnipresent, but the record is full of delights - sleazy (Sixteen), daft (Success), or somewhere between comical and emotionally devastating (Turn Blue).
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9/10 Jack Customer review, 1st February 2015
Andy Warhol said he could never understand why this guy didn't make it big but he's the opposite of a flash in the pan. Forty years later he's still going ballistic.
If you heard the recent interview with Terry Gross where he ascribes his stellar health despite all the drugs to sex and chi gong, and ranks on the Hilton sisters for their suburban epitomisation of wannabe stardom, you know with James your dealing with the real thing. Passenger, Neighbourhood Threat, Lust for Life--this guy still sets the standard for raw power on stage.
A rock and roll classic.
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