By Ian Bremner, Easy Street Records
Iggy Pop and Josh Homme have teamed up to create an LP that draws from what the both of them do best. A little punk, a little desert guitar, a little Detroit grit and some brief longing for the Berlin days.
Unofficially dubbed as the sequel to the 1977’s Lust For Life, Iggy is as angsty as ever. It is not too surprising given his music retirement comments, but the production of Homme lifts it up enough to prevent the weight becoming too heavy. The rant against modern culture on the last song, "Paraguay," may be heard as the typical “pissed off old guy,” but the rock icon deserves to do what he damn well pleases and be heard. In a time where his legendary colleagues like Lou Reed and David Bowie aren’t around anymore, Iggy is the one guy who bridges so many generations. Josh Homme dubbed him the “last of the one and onlys.”
There are happy moments of course. There is a beautiful string section towards the end of "Sunday," and "Gardenia" is technically a love song.
Josh Homme recruited his Queens Of The Stone Age comrade, Dean Fertita and Artic Monkeys’ drummer, Matt Helders to round out the group and will head out on tour. Whether it is truly Iggy’s last remains to be seen, but for the time being, the actual “post-iggy pop-depression” can be held off until further notice.
The first Iggy Pop album co-created with producer Homme, Post Pop Depression began with a succinctly worded text from Iggy to Joshua, and was realized in seclusion with Homme's enlisted aid of his Queens Of The Stone Age bandmate and Dead Weather-man Dean Fertitia and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders.
Post Pop Depression is a singular work that stands proudly alongside the best works of either of its principles, from The Stooges to Queens Of The Stone Age, bearing its creators' undeniable sonic DNA while sounding like nothing they've done before. It's a record that wouldn't exist without either Pop or Homme-and one that probably shouldn't in theory if you really think about it-but it does, and we and rock n roll are all the better for it.