Post Pop Depression

Iggy Pop

Loma Vista/Concord, 2016

REVIEW BY: Pete Crigler


Well, this is an interesting record. On his first real rock solo album since at least 2003, Iggy Pop has teamed up with Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age/Eagles Of Death Metal) to create a new disc. Hooking up with some guys from Queens, Iggy has attempted to do something different. But ultimately, it just leaves the listener wanting him to sound like Iggy of old.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Opening track “Break Into Your Heart” is a slow burner that comes across like dirge-y blues. Iggy has always been a complete musical chameleon, but sometimes, you wish he would stick to what he’s always done best. Main single “Gardenia” is a decent enough song, but it doesn’t really grab me. It’s just too plain and average. “American Valhalla” is a bit better. Moodier and a bit creepier than other tracks, it sticks out and works well.

“In The Lobby” is another great track that helps make the album a little better than the last dozen or so of Iggy’s solo records. “Sunday” feels like a leftover QOTSA track with Iggy on vocals. It’s decent but not essential.

“Paraguay” is about the only time that Iggy comes alive and sounds like himself again. The song is alive, vibrant, and sounds really good as Iggy goes off on a rant that makes the song sound like something from the early ‘90s. “Chocolate Drops” is a great track with some always amazing backing vocals from Mr. Homme.

In the end, this is a decent enough record but nothing more than just another average Iggy Pop record. Iggy’s solo releases have always been completely hit or miss, and while this one has promise, it’s just okay. Fortunately, it is better than some of his godawful, mediocre records, but it’s nothing that would make anyone make a mad dash to the record store.

Rating: B-

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