Iggy upsets the universeThere seems to be no middle ground with Iggy’s new album, Préliminaires; people seem to either love it or hate it.
I’m on the love it side of the fence. Although nothing will ever come close to the raw greatness of the first Stooges disks, this album is as much a “fuck you” to the industry as those albums were. “I just got sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars,” Iggy said about his decision to record an album with more sax then violence.
Préliminaires is influenced by New Orleans jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton, and includes a cover of the 1940’s French jazz standard “Les feuilles mortes” (Autumn Leaves), which Iggy sings in French (“Finally, I can say, ‘Thank God for that junior high French class,’” Ig told Rolling Stone ). There are also spoken-word and acoustic blues tracks on what has to be Iggy’s most diverse collection ever. Everything fits together very nicely, though, even the one guitar driven track, “Nice to be Dead.”
The songs are based on images and ideas from The Possibility of an Island, a 2005 novel by the French writer Michel Houellebecq. A couple of years ago, Iggy was commissioned to write some music for a documentary about Houellebecq. Préliminaires came out of that project.
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Iggy has also set up a great Website to accompany Préliminaires, including videos, links to interviews, and information about ordering the deluxe version of the album.