Here Comes Success
Harold G. Meeks Jr. | raleigh nc | 04/23/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album represents part of a curious cycle of work for Iggy Pop. From the implosive and drug-fueled self-destructive brilliance of Iggy and Stooges "Raw Power" to the solo album "The Idiot" stands a big gap where Iggy had to confront his demons, get past himself and find his footing.
"The Idiot" and "Lust for Life" are two albums that are indeed a study in contrast. Many complain that "The Idiot" is mostly a Bowie album, but really it is in my mind a cathartic moment where Iggy moves beyond the scary junkie trash aesthetic that Johnny Thunders and others succumbed to and begins to write really good songs that can be separated from Iggy's own performance. Bowie covered "China Girl" partially to help Iggy out financially, but also because it is a great song.
This album is part of that recovery cycle, where Iggy is ebullient, clean, taking his vitamins and working out. The album cover screams that.
Iggy is doing some serious Jim Morrison channeling in "The Passenger" - in singing voice, style of song and as someone pointed out - even in his lyrics. There was a period after Jim Morrison's death where the rest of the Doors considered Iggy as his replacement, and here is why. It would have been interesting, but on the other hand I am glad he didn't do it.
I don't have to write about the title track because everyone has heard it many times. "Fall in Love With Me" is one of my favorites - an almost rambling plea that feels so authentic. "Neighborhood Threat" is in more familiar ground thematically.
The album, unlike others in Iggy's earlier canon - is a songwriter's showcase. When I listen to "Raw Power" now it is apparent that he had this and other albums in him.
Well worth owning.