Iggy Pop puts it best when he describes Raw Power: ‘Everything’s still in the red. It’s a very violent mix’.
Never has an album’s title described its music so well. Raw Power is pure violence and aggression: it absolutely bristles with furious energy, and gets both the speakers and adrenaline pumping. Throat-shredding vocals, pounding drums, and scratchy, scraping electric guitars; this makes Never Mind The Bo*****s seem like a timid house bunny called ‘Fluffy’ by comparison. I can only imagine what an experience it must’ve been to see Iggy and The Stooges live in the early seventies…
This album is so frantic, in fact, that it does get exhausting to listen to. The change in pace of I Need Somebody three quarters of the way though is most welcome, and gives the listener the chance to get their breath back.
Raw Power doesn’t take any time to ‘get into’, as it works more as a listening experience than anything else, and has an impact from the first chord of Search And Destroy.
Short, sweet ‘n’ sour, and very, very loud. Put it on, turn it up, and enjoy.