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The Weirdness 

The Stooges

Virgin; Release Date: March 6, 2007

The Deal: The original punks return.

The Good: Even the chemically well-preserved Iggy Pop can't recreate the original ferocity of The Stooges. But Iggy and original Stooges Ron Asheton (guitar) and Scott Asheton (drums) come pretty damn close to the late 60s/early 70s rawness that defined The Stooges and birthed punk rock on The Weirdness, the first full-on Stooges studio recording since 1973. Although the Asheton brothers appeared on three songs on Iggy's 2003 solo release Skull Ring. Knob twirler Steve Albini produced The Weirdness and Mike Watt (Minutemen/fIREHOSE) joins the trio on bass. Most of the 12 tracks are rockers with a couple of slower numbers, namely the Iggy-Bowie era gloominess of the title track. But it's when the blokes pare it down to the essence of The Stooges that things get rocking.

The Bad: Albini's production is in fine form, but just for kicks maybe the boys should have hooked up with John Cale, the producer of their 1969 debut.

The Verdict: Even this aged and mellower version of The Stooges rips much contemporary rock to shreds.

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