Brick By Brick

Iggy Pop

Brick By Brick

Brick By Brick (1990) presents Iggy Pop in a cleaned-up if not entirely domesticated state, reigning in his crazier impulses in favor of declarations of love and comments upon modern conditions. At the production helm is Don Was, who combines his affection for primal rock with a skillful sense of commercial possibilities. What results is an above-average collection of mostly Pop-penned tunes rendered by an impressive cast of players, ranging from Guns N’ Roses axeman Slash to freelance guitar heroes Waddy Wachtel and David Lindley. Iggy takes the opportunity to diss the rich and vacuous (“Butt Town,” ”Starry Night”), sketch scenes of urban alienation (“Home”) and give comfort to fellow outsiders (“Main Street Eyes,” I Won’t Crap Out”). His familiar doleful croon sounds smooth and confident, especially on the romantically inclined “Candy” (a duet with B-52’s vocalist Kate Pierson) and “Moonlight Lady.” Flashes of Pop’s old punk edge come through in blistering tracks like “P***y Power” and “My Baby Wants to Rock & Roll.”

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