Post Pop Depression, Iggy Pop

04/01/2016

It can be effectively argued that Lord Iggy has always been, and continues to be, one of rock’s greatest experimental artists. The soul of a crooner with a punk rock heart, trapped in the body of a performance artist, probably no one has bled more on the tracks and boards than good ol’ Iggy.

When given the right sonic environment, Iggy Pop is incredibly emotional and moving, a torch singer in the finest sense, not unlike Billie Holiday or Leonard Cohen. Queen Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme has managed to finely craft that sonic environment without overwhelming it with his own signature style, allowing Iggy to shine as he does best, against a powerful haunting backdrop. The beauty here is that the album manages to cover a wide range of Iggy’s musical landscape without sounding forced nor disconnected.

If “Post Pop Depression” is indeed to be Iggy’s swan song, fans can take sweet solace that at 68 he is still broken, still a hopeless rock n’ roll romantic, and is still as edgy as ever. What sounds like the soundtrack of a late night escape from a troubled past into an uncertain future; “Post Pop Depression” is a stiff middle finger of a farewell, not so much out of angst, but of the confidence of an artist who carved his name into musical history against all odds, on his own terms.

-Scarlet Rowe / bassist for “Smash Fashion”


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