Iggy Pop’s new album is ‘Post Pop Depression’ and it arrives with much fanfare and nearly universal critical acclaim. Find out what the music critics have to say on this, the 17th album from the legendary artist. Here’s a roundup of reviews.
He’s been a legend and an icon for decades, going back to the late 1960s and The Stooges and becoming a trailblazer of punk and later of New Wave and of garage. He’s a contemporary of other iconic artists, including the late great David Bowie, with whom he collaborated in the 1970, notably on his debut solo album, ‘The Idiot.’ Like Bowie, Iggy Pop is one of a kind, entirely his own genre and in his own orbit. He’s weathered through the 80s and the 90s, and continued now into the second decade of the new century. Yes, it’s been quite a long ride, as he is now 68 years old and released a new album just a few weeks before his 69th birthday.
While it might be difficult to think of this provocateur extraordinaire known as much for his parental-advisory provoking behavior, collectively he and those of his generation are redefining what it’s like to be a sexagenerian or a septuagenarian. Yes, the so-called retirement age does not have to mean releasing compilation albums and showing up to receive lifetime achievement awards.
In the case of Iggy Pop it means he’s putting out a new album of new material. This time around, collaborating with Josh Homme and Dean Fertita of Queens Of The Stone Age and Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys. The last album? Iggy Pop himself has hinted so, in a recent interview (video) below, saying, “I feel like I’m closing up after this.”
Now as the new album arrives in full, the critics are weighing in and they are lavishing this new album with virtual mountains of superlatives. Here’s a roundup of what’s being said.
“….Iggy Pop’s newest, which he co-wrote and recorded with Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, recaptures the avant-rock frisson of his early collaborations with David Bowie……” –Pitchfork
“…..Even on the slower songs, though, Homme and the stripped-down lineup he assembled for the album—fellow Queen of the Stone Age Dean Fertita, and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders—provide a heavy, rhythmic bedrock and stylistic versatility. …..” –Slant Magazine
“….The lyrics here are some of the finest Iggy has ever written, perfectly balancing out a more morbid line of thought than he’s followed before with an undiminished lust for late life. From the ominous talk of pursuing his own shadow on the tightly coiled ‘In The Lobby’ to the blunt allegorical imagery on sole album clunker ‘Vulture’, there’s a tangible sense of dusk preceding a long night that lies as heavily across this album. ….” –Clash Music
“…. For all of Pop’s well-earned reputation as a bare-chested banshee in concert, he has an expressive, even sonorous baritone voice, and a pithiness as a lyricist. His words brim with battle-scarred imagery and humor…..” –Chicago Tribune
“…. Iggy’s vocals and lyrics are astounding – he’s like an angry young man all over again, and is far more gnarly and potent than any of his contemporaries. It’s an intelligent, sassy garage rock record that’s obsessed with two things: sex and death…..” –NME
“… It’s a record marked by various strains of strange, but that’s not to say there isn’t fun to be had. If there’s one commonality between Iggy and Homme, it’s how both know how to walk the line between fun and seedy….” –Consequence of Sound
“…. As per usual, every song Homme touches ends up being undeniably sexy, but it’s unlikely you’ll want to take it off and get it on, listening to it. Post Pop Depression isn’t the sound of an acclaimed artist seamlessly slipping away, but a wild animal screaming with all his might into the night.
Yes, it’s not overstating to say the new album has won the nearly universal praise of the critics. If it is truly his last, he’s going out in the proverbial blaze of glory, and longtime fans — and new ones — will find much to celebrate. You can see music videos, plus Iggy Pop’s ‘Post Pop Depression’ album cover art below!