Preliminaires

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The timing of Iggy Pop's album Preliminaires is probably a product of coincidence and fate rather than careful planning, but it's hard to ignore the fact that just a few months after the unexpected death of Ron Asheton put the Stooges into limbo (at least for a while), Iggy has released an album that almost entirely avoids the issue of rock & roll. In a publicity piece for Preliminaires, Iggy wrote "I just got sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars," and the man whose music helped inspire so many of those thugs keeps a wary distance from electric guitars on most on this album. Advance reports suggested that Preliminaires would be a jazz album, but that's not ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The timing of Iggy Pop's album Preliminaires is probably a product of coincidence and fate rather than careful planning, but it's hard to ignore the fact that just a few months after the unexpected death of Ron Asheton put the Stooges into limbo (at least for a while), Iggy has released an album that almost entirely avoids the issue of rock & roll. In a publicity piece for Preliminaires, Iggy wrote "I just got sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars," and the man whose music helped inspire so many of those thugs keeps a wary distance from electric guitars on most on this album. Advance reports suggested that Preliminaires would be a jazz album, but that's not accurate, even though one of the best songs on the set, "King of the Dogs," features Iggy borrowing a melody from Louis Armstrong while backed by a traditional New Orleans jazz band. Instead, most of the music on Preliminaires recalls European pop -- music influenced by music influenced by jazz -- and the lion's share of the arrangements resemble some fusion of Serge Gainsbourg and late-period Leonard Cohen, fitted with a distinctly American accent on songs like "Spanish Coast," "I Want to Go to the Beach," and a cover of "How Insensitive." For those put off by such things, "Nice to Be Dead" is dominated by distorted electric guitars and "She's a Business" (like the nearly identical "Je Sais Que Tu Sais") booms with martial drumming, (both recall Iggy's moody solo debut The Idiot), while "He's Dead/ She's Alive" is backed by Pop's powerful acoustic blues guitar. Like 1999's Avenue B, Preliminaires is an introspective set, with Iggy crooning in a low murmur as he contemplates the failings of the world around him; he cites Michel Houellebecq's novel The Possibility of an Island as an influence (Houellebecq's words provided the lyrics for one stand-out track, "A Machine for Loving"), and the album is bookended by tunes which Iggy sings in French. Where Avenue B was a pretentious mess, Preliminaires is flawed but significantly more successful; though "Party Time" is mildly embarrassing in its depiction of decadence among the idle rich, the other songs are intelligent and often compelling meditations on a world where love and compassion are in short supply, and if "King of the Dogs" isn't exactly a new sentiment coming from Iggy, it's cock-of-the-walk air fits him like a glove (as does the trad jazz arrangement). Iggy's a better shouter than a crooner, but time has burnished his instrument with the character to fit these lyrics, and the best moments on this disc are truly inspired. Iggy Pop would be ill advised to give up on rock & roll, but Preliminaires shows he can do other things and do them well, and it speaks of a welcome maturity missing from many of his efforts outside the realm of fast and loud.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/2/2009
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • EAN: 5099969857829
  • Catalog Number: 98578
  • Sales rank: 210,064

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Iggy Pop Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Hal Cragin Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards
Kevin Hupp Conga, Drums
Tim Ouimette Trumpet
Jon Cowherd Piano
Technical Credits
Iggy Pop Composer, Engineer, Author, Concept
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Lil Armstrong Composer
Hal Cragin Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Kevin Hupp Engineer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Jacques Prévert Composer
Ray Gilbert Composer
Tony Gillis Mastering
Joseph Kosma Composer
Alfred Figueroa Engineer
Michel Houellebecq Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    this is not the same old iggy

    once again, iggy has remade himself, this time as a swamp rocking-jazz crooner, with a few literary bits thrown in for good measure. Some iggy fans will hate this album- but once again he proves, never take iggy for granted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Preliminaries by Iggy Pop

    I cannot say I am familiar with Iggy Pop's works except to say that I recognize his name. I never associated him with more than the genre he plays. So I was quite surprised when listening to NPR they played a snippet of one of his songs ( I had just tuned in and didn't know who they were interviewing )and I listened because it sounded like an old french artist that I am familiar with. Then I found out was Iggy Pop and was surprised! So I bought the CD and am not as 'in love' with it as I thought I might be. It is very sad and heavy for the most part. So I may listen to it every now and then.

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    Posted August 10, 2009

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