After the death of guitarist Ron Asheton and the new entry of James Williamson, the Stooges now have almost the same line-up as they did 40 years ago with the release of "Raw Power" - and consequently call themselves Iggy & The Stooges again. But that's not all, "Ready To Die" also reminds us more musically of Bowie's 1973 classic than of the comparatively disappointing comeback "The Weirdness" from 2007. No wonder with ten pieces between hard, loud, dirty garage rock and three deeply romantic, semi-acoustic Leisetretern. Whereby the enemy images, against which we are raging here, are clearly defined: Bankers, politicians, religious fanatics and the gun lobby. The punk operas, on the other hand, have adventure, freedom, sex and a few big breasts ("DDs"), take on death and devil with self-confidence and set Asheton a worthy monument with "The Departed". Altogether no revelation, nothing innovative, but a first-class album to jump around, stick out your tongue and show your middle fingers. Stooges halt.
Top track: Beat That Guy