ARTIST: IGGY POP
ALBUM: POST POP DEPRESSION
LABEL: LOMA VISTA
RELEASE DATE: 18 MARCH 2016
Iggy Pop has been laying pretty low on the music radar since his last album with The Stooges back in 2013, so when Pop unexpectedly announced on American chat show The Late Show that he had created an album with Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, the world was understandably shocked and excited.
Pop’s signature raw rock ‘n’ roll stamp is evident on the record from the get-go, particularly in ‘Break Into Your Heart’, with its gloomy rock ‘n’ roll melody using Pop’s husky warbles to its advantage and adding to the melancholy seductiveness of the song.
Leading single, ‘Gardenia’, proves to be the greatest track on the record, with its ‘80s-funk riffs and David Bowie-esque ‘Let’s Dance’ style drums, which paired creates a boogie-worthy track that takes the best bits of Pop’s rock history and brings them into a new dimension. The funk feel continues in ‘Sunday’, reminiscent of Pop’s ‘China Girl’ days alongside the late great Bowie, giving the album its much needed less-glum tracks.
‘Vulture’ takes on a classic great western Hollywood film theme with its The Good, The Bad and The Ugly style guitar. Paired with church bells and Pop’s almost ritualistic singing, it makes for an unusual, but brilliant, listen.
The first true hint that Homme has influenced the record is in ‘Paraguay’, with its slightly more easy-on-the ear listening and vocal breakdowns over simplistic guitar riffs. However, when Pop adds to this with a rant about everything that’s irritating him and how he wants to escape to ‘Paraguay’ “where people are still human beings,” it becomes like rhythmic version of the psychotic psychedelic boat scene in the 1971 adaption of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
It’s a difficult feat to be able to create a record when you’re seen as one of the pioneers and last remaining legends in the music industry, however, Post Pop Depression solidifies Iggy Pop as one of the greats, defending his legendary status and showing that even after creating 22 albums between himself and The Stooges, Pop still has it.