Album: Iggy Pop, Preliminaires, (Reset)

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Uninitiated TV viewers moved to investigate who that scary wrinkly man is pimping car insurance in the ad breaks will be doubly baffled when they find out that his latest album is a collection of understated French jazz, retro ragtime and neo bossa nova.

But James Osterberg has had this unacknowledged mellow side for many years and, when he isn't screaming and leaping around, can croon with a handsome baritone. Clarinets are more prominent than guitars, violins instead of violence. Oh yes, he's a real mild one.