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Celebrating his 30th year as a recording artist, Iggy Pop delivers a very personal, intimate album. Produced by Don Was, Avenue B (named for the New York street where Iggy once lived) features Iggy's touring band, with the artist on guitar and keyboards. Guest performers include the inventive, hip jazz trio Medeski, Martin & Wood. 1st single/video: "Corruption." Iggy will tour the U.S. this coming Fall.
James "Iggy" Osterberg's last album of the second millennium is at once confounding, yet immensely compelling. The Godfather of Punk once again largely eschews the anarchic sturm und drang upon which he built his legend to pick up the strangely warm (for him), often nakedly introspective thread that runs from Zombie Birdhouse through Brick by Brick. As on the latter, Iggy has entrusted his reflections to producer and hired gun to the stars Don Was. To both their credits, the result is fresh, textured, and surprising. There are no less than four soul-baring monologues on which Ig's resonant baritone is set against the sort of brooding orchestral backdrop that composer Howard Shore might provide for one of David Cronenberg's more effective nightmares. There are other quirky surprises here: the effective use of Blue Note jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood and a convincing '50s rock-crooner take on Johnny Kidd & the Pirates' chestnut "Shakin' All Over." Yet Iggy's epic, multihued sardonicism remains gratefully intact, as witnessed by the edgy hilarity of "Nazi Girlfriend," the disquieting "Miss Argentina," and the seemingly tongue-in-cheek Latin loopiness of "Ya Yo Habla Espanol." This is not solely a reflection on the break-up of his decade-long marriage, but rather a complex, uneasy meditation on aging, solitude, corruption, and one wide-eyed soul's place in the world. None of it has yet killed him, and we're all the stronger for it. If it's an album more in tune with Sinatra's In the Wee Small Hours than anything Ig's godchildren have managed in a decade, just soak it up. The man's taste is impeccable. --Jerry McCulley
Could be the Igster's worst album, other than that French crap he recorded not long ago!!Published 2 months ago by Jon the Librarian
Iggy Pop is a national treasure and I want him to have everything he needs for a very comfortable life... Read morePublished 9 months ago by TheRaccoonMan
Certainly of interest to Iggy fans such as myself. There are some magnificent pieces here. "Corruption," "Shakin' All Over," interesting "Español," but for the most part, it... Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Bacon
Bought the Idiot in 1976 when 16 been on the train ever since.
Some records were good, average and then great. Read more
I picked this up at the local music store being burdgeoning iggy/stooges fan all i can say is why are there so many crappy reviews of it? Read morePublished on March 15, 2011 by Scott
It should not come as a surprise to long-time fans that Iggy Pop veered into a spoken word setting, since his gigs over the many years would find him dipping into Beat... Read morePublished on May 24, 2009 by Best Of All
Avenue B [Explicit] being Pop's 1999 release and his 12th studio album is a very pleasent album with great tracks such as "Avenue B", "Corruption" and "Nazi Girlfriend". Read morePublished on March 20, 2009 by Bjorn Viberg
Fans either love or hate this album. I fall into the later category for this is without doubt the worst Iggy Pop album, and quite probably one of the worst rock and roll albums... Read morePublished on September 30, 2006 by Stephen P. Cseplo