Iggy Pop – Préliminaires

      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.” ….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.’

 

Iggy Pop – Préliminaires Tracklist

  1. 00:00 – Les Feuilles Mortes
  2. 03:55 – I Want to Go to The Beach
  3. 06:48 – King of The Dogs
  4. 08:50 – Je Sais Que Tu Sais
  5. 12:02 – Spanish Coast
  6. 16:00 – Nice To Be Dead
  7. 18:50 – How Insensitive
  8. 21:53 – Party Time
  9. 24:01 – He’s Dead, She’s Alive
  10. 26:01 – A Machine For Loving
  11. 29:17 – She’s A Business
  12. 32:27 – Les Feuilles Mortes (Marc’s Theme)

Iggy Pop - Préliminaires

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