Review - Avenue B

Artist: Iggy Pop


The one aspect of Iggy Pop's career that has been ignored -- his voice -- is in full force on "Avenue B." That's not necessarily a good thing. The godfather of punk was always more potent as a performer than as a singer, and this half-hearted collection of hazy memoirs -- Iggy's most introspective CD -- sadly makes for an uneasy listen. It's obviously not a reflection on his adventurous life -- just the current state of his songwriting abilities.

The energetic Iggy lacks the literary bent of Lou Reed and the dandyism of David Bowie. "Shakin' All Over" has a taste of the familiar Stooges wah-wah guitar, but the session players simply don't rock. The organs and conga drums on "Ya Yo Habla Español" sound like a poorly contrived punk-rock Santana. In "Corruption," he screams, "Order in the court/ decision to abort." Both the music and the lyrics, including three short spoken-word pieces, are far from eloquent. Yet Iggy has never been consistent and predictable. Remember, it's 1999, so don't expect to hear 1969.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.