Post Pop Depression

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Post Pop Depression
Post Pop Depression (Front Cover).png
Studio album by Iggy Pop
Released March 18, 2016
Recorded January 12 – March 9, 2015
Studio
Genre
Length 42:13
Label
Producer Josh Homme
Iggy Pop chronology
Après
(2012)Après2012
Post Pop Depression
(2016)
Singles from Post Pop Depression
  1. "Gardenia"
    Released: January 22, 2016

Post Pop Depression is the sixteenth studio album by American rock singer Iggy Pop, released on March 18, 2016, by Loma Vista Recordings.[4] Produced by Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, the album was recorded in secrecy and features contributions from Queens of the Stone Age's Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders.[5][6]

Background and recording[edit]

Pop and Homme began working on the album in January 2015. Pop contacted Homme by text message to ask if he was interested in writing music together. After they spoke by phone, Pop sent Homme some lyrics by mail, along with notes about Pop's time working with David Bowie. Three months later, Homme sent lyrics to Pop, and they agreed to work together on recording songs in a studio. They brought incomplete ideas as opposed to finished songs, so that they could work on them together. Pop described the album as discussing issues of what happens when your utility is at an end, and dealing with your legacy.[4][6]

Consisting of nine songs,[4][6] the album was recorded between January 12 and March 9, 2015 at Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, California, over the course of two weeks, and another week at Pink Duck Studios in Burbank, California.[7] Pop and Homme self-financed the album.[8] Dean Fertita recorded guitar and keyboards, while Matt Helders recorded drum tracks. Homme stated that preparing Post Pop Depression was one thing that helped him cope with the aftermath of the November 2015 attack at the Bataclan.[4][6]

The album was released on March 18, 2016.[9] Pop and Homme had already embarked, on March 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, on a US tour to support the album due to be followed in May 2016 by a European tour.[10] and later on another show in Paris on August 26, 2016 during the "Rock en Seine" festival.[11]}} In addition to Pop and Homme, the tour included Fertita, Helders, Matt Sweeney playing bass guitar and Troy Van Leeuwen playing guitar.[4][6]

They debuted their first song, "Gardenia", on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on January 21, 2016.[6][12] The song peaked at number 26 on Adult Alternative Songs. The album debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 making the album Iggy Pop's highest charting in the US. It also charted highly in other parts of the world as well.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic79/100[13]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[14]
The Daily Telegraph5/5 stars[15]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[16]
The Guardian3/5 stars[17]
The Independent3/5 stars[3]
Mojo4/5 stars[18]
NME5/5[2]
Pitchfork6.9/10[19]
Q4/5 stars[20]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[21]

Post Pop Depression received mostly positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 79, which indicates "generally positive reviews", based on 33 reviews.[13] Clash magazine critic Josh Gray was positive in his review, writing that the record "is what it says on the tin and Iggy Pop is what every aspect the music revolves around."[22] Matt Wilkinson of NME praised the album and gave it a perfect score, describing it as "an intelligent, sassy garage rock record that’s obsessed with sex and death" and "a solid gold proof of his [Pop's] genius."[2] Pitchfork's Stuart Berman stated: "If Post Pop Depression’s refined execution has you missing the more unhinged Iggy of old, rest assured, he’s not going down without a fight."[19] Andy Gill of The Independent wrote: "It’s as if he’s grown so sick and tired of the veneers of respectability cocooning American sensibilities that, reverting to type once more, he wants to be your dog again."[3] BeardedGentlemenMusic's Aaron Cooper stated: "If Post Pop Depression is the farewell record from Iggy Pop, his rant that closes out “Paraguay” is a satisfying bookend to his fifty-year career as one of the most interesting characters in rock n’ roll history."[23]

In December, 2016, the album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Alternative Music Album category.

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
Consequence of Sound Top 50 Albums of 2016 2016
50
The Guardian The Best Albums of 2016 2016
38
The Independent Best Albums of 2016 2016
9
Mojo The 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
6
NME NME's Albums of the Year 2016 2016
8
Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
45
Rough Trade Albums of the Year 2016
1

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Break Into Your Heart"3:54
2."Gardenia"4:14
3."American Valhalla"4:38
4."In the Lobby"4:14
5."Sunday"6:06
6."Vulture"3:15
7."German Days"4:47
8."Chocolate Drops"4:02
9."Paraguay"6:25
Total length:42:13

Personnel[edit]

  • Iggy Pop — vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Josh Homme — vocals, guitar, bass, piano, synthesizers, mellotron, production, percussion
  • Dean Fertita — guitar, piano, synthesizers, bass guitar
  • Matt Helders — drums, percussion, tom-toms, shaker, backing vocals

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[31] 7
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[32] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[33] 6
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[34] 5
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[35] 17
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[36] 5
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[37] 3
French Albums (SNEP)[38] 4
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[39] 8
Greek Albums (IFPI Greece)[40] 14
Irish Albums (IRMA)[41] 6
Italian Albums (FIMI)[42] 18
Italian Vinyl Records (FIMI)[43] 4
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[44] 11
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[45] 10
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[46] 19
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[47] 12
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[48] 23
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[49] 13
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[50] 3
UK Albums (OCC)[51] 5
US Billboard 200[52] 17

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[53] none 24,600 [54]*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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