The Iggster returns with a kick-ass album, ably backed by Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme (doing double duty as co-collaborator and producer) and Dean Fertita, and Matt Helders of the Arctic Monkeys. As producer, Homme homages not only Iggy’s enduring “godfather of punk” legacy but also the late, eternal David Bowie’s producer contributions to seminal ’70s post-Stooges-depression Iggy solo albums The Idiot and Lust for Life. The “Stone Age Monkeys” lock into a simian groove behind Iggy as he rants like a troglodyte on “Paraguay.” Other highlights include The Doors-ish “Break Into Your Heart,” the jaded “American Valhalla,” and the seamy “Gardenia,” a lust-over-love counterpoint to Pop classic “Candy.” Post Pop Depression is easily the best Iggy Pop release since 1990’s Brick By Brick.


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