Avenue B [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
So does this low-key outing, as many have suggested, herald the birth of a kinder, gentler Iggy? Well...yes and no. While the largely acoustic backing does seem to soothe rock's most savage beast, the Ig still manages to get his dander up on typically pugnacious ditties like "Nazi Girlfriend" and a title track that oughta hit home with anyone who's been on the losing end of the so-called economic recovery. Much of AVENUE B, however, is far more personal, with Iggy picking through the wreckage of a failed relationship and -- on songs like the album-ending "Facade" -- holding the shards up for public inspection. Other than on the minute-long "No Shit" and "Shakin' All ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
So does this low-key outing, as many have suggested, herald the birth of a kinder, gentler Iggy? Well...yes and no. While the largely acoustic backing does seem to soothe rock's most savage beast, the Ig still manages to get his dander up on typically pugnacious ditties like "Nazi Girlfriend" and a title track that oughta hit home with anyone who's been on the losing end of the so-called economic recovery. Much of AVENUE B, however, is far more personal, with Iggy picking through the wreckage of a failed relationship and -- on songs like the album-ending "Facade" -- holding the shards up for public inspection. Other than on the minute-long "No Shit" and "Shakin' All Over," there's very little of the bird-flipping cockiness that Iggy has usually been counted on to provide, which might have something to do with his recent collision with the big five-oh. Although it's taken a while for him to get there, he makes a better adult than you might imagine.
All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
Where did this come from? 1993's electrocharged American Caesar proved the Ig was no spent force. But 1996's Naughty Little Doggie and other post-Soldier LPs the last 19 years yielded merely OK rock 'n' roll, short of his original outrageous inspiration. Time for a radical departure? Apparently so. Three decades into such an illustrious, infamous, distinguished career, Mr. Ostenberg takes his biggest leave from the Iggy Stooge outrageous rocker persona, even bigger than his Berlin Bowie days. At 52, the ex-STOOGES singer wants to play battlescarred sage, with an unexpected, stripped-down style that's equal parts Leonard Cohen, Scott Walker, '90s Lou Reed, and Tom Waits. Avenue B is thus his first becalmed, nakedly introspective LP. There's little hint of hard rock, outside of a boisterous take on JOHNNY KIDD & THE PIRATES oft-covered 1959 classic "Shakin' All Over," and a wonderfully cranky, nearly-psychedelic shocker called "Corruption." Otherwise, troubadour Iggy intones scared spoken word over chilling, soundtracky synths, and lightly croons songs of discontented, post-divorce sequestration betwixt acoustics and bongos. Hmmm! Big fans might lament the loss of raw power, but to hear what's eatin' the Ig after 30 years of carefree mayhem is rather illuminating. Avenue B is the aural alarm of a man who's advancing in age, and hates it without a regular mate. Though it works best with him just speaking apprehensively-the shell-shocked narrator in a world going to hell as always-Avenue B is holds together through a variety of quiet mood backgrounds and the Ig's directness. Clearly, it is the words he wants you to hear this time, this stirring of a soul who has finally faced the fact of his own mortality, if wonderfully so much later than the rest of us more regular mortals. His first album, in 1969, opened "Last year I was 21/Didn't have a lot of fun." His 16th LP, in 1999, begins "It was in the winter of my fiftieth year when it hit me/I was really alone and there wasn't a lot of time left." Prepare for an alienating nerve-wracker.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1999
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 724384821623
  • Catalog Number: 8482162
  • Sales rank: 84,498

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No Shit (1:21)
  2. 2 Nazi Girlfriend (2:57)
  3. 3 Avenue B (5:19)
  4. 4 Miss Argentina (4:14)
  5. 5 Afraid to Get Close (0:59)
  6. 6 Shakin' All Over (4:35)
  7. 7 Long Distance (4:56)
  8. 8 Corruption (4:23)
  9. 9 She Called Me Daddy (1:52)
  10. 10 I Felt the Luxury (6:30)
  11. 11 Español (4:10)
  12. 12 Motorcycle (2:42)
  13. 13 Facade (5:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Iggy Pop Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Peter Marshall Guitar
Lenny Castro Percussion
Hal Cragin Bass
David Mansfield Violin, Viola
John Medeski Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Larry Mullins Drums, Tabla, Vibes
Billy Martin Drums
Andrew Scheps Loops
Chris Wood Bass
Michael Chaves Keyboards
Whitey Kirst Guitar
Technical Credits
Iggy Pop Producer
Ray Martin Engineer
Mark Howard Engineer
Spencer Chrislu Digital Editing
Hal Cragin Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Don Was Producer
Len Peltier Art Direction
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