STOOGES, THE: The Weirdness: CD

First studio record from this reconstituted outfit, with Mike Watt anchoring the bass duties. Yes, there are a few songs where maybe Iggy should not have tried to reach for that high note. But, overall, the vocals are cool and the band really shreds it up. Producer Steve Albini wisely just lets the band play, without adding any slick reverb effects. I’m digging “My Idea of Fun,” “She Took My Money,” and “I’m Fried.” Seek out the vinyl version with four extra tracks. Add ‘em all to your MP3 doohickey and you got close to an hour of steamy Stoogy goodness!

 –koepenick (Virgin)