I am a member of an age group that missed out on most Iggy Pop’s past music, and despite how influential he is in the music scene; I recognize him more from his TV/Movie roles (and his reference in Super Mario Bros), he is a musician that I recognize by name but if you ask me to name a song from him, I’ll come up with a blank. I find this a shame because I think that his latest album, Post Pop Depression, is probably one of the best album I’ve heard so far this year.
The album comes as a collaboration between Pop (Vocals) and Queen of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme (guitar, bass, piano and backing vocals), they are joined by another QotSA and Dead Weather member Dean Fertita (Guitar) and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. With this line-up, Post Pop Depression has a lot going for it instrumental wise, from the sick bass line in the creepy-love song Gardenia that will just easily get stuck in your head as the song’s lyrics, to the pop-rock riff of “Sunday.”
However it’s the songs where Pop’s Lyrics really make an impact to the listeners that the album stands out. Songs like “American Valhalla” where Pop ends the song on a somber lyric: “I have nothing but my name.” Something that feels especially true for the aging singer, who has seen his fair share of highs and lows in the industry, it becomes a haunting realization of how he or any other great musicians would be remembered when they’re gone. Another great example of this is “In the Lobby”, a song that can be interpreted as what we expect from Rockstars, and their want to keep an appearance for their fans.
There are a couple of standout out songs on the album, but it’s the last song on the 9 track album that is amazing. “Paraguay” drops an angry, expletive-laden, about how fear is controlling people, and how people are becoming toxic with ‘Knowledge’. This rant drops halfway through the 6 minute song and is delivered with such well deserve anger that you can feel it.
Iggy Pop chose the right team to bring this album together with some great tunes both instrumentally and lyrically. After the 41 minute has passed on the album it almost feels like that this may be Iggy’s retirement album, and if it is, he goes out with a bang. I highly recommend for anyone who is a fan of Pop’s work or Classic Rock in general,