Album review: Iggy Pop, “Post Pop Depression”

by Jon E. Lynch

Iggy Pop, “Post Pop Depression”

Available: Friday via Loma Vista/Concord a download, CD, LP and a deluxe LP.

This may very well be Iggy Pop’s swan song. In a recent interview with Vice, Iggy admits that “I feel like I’m closing up after this … it’s my, my guts instinct. To really make a really real album, it takes … you really have to put everything into it and the energy is more limited now.”

“Post Pop Depression” is billed under Iggy Pop, but is FEELS like a definitive collaboration with Queens of the Stone Ages front man Josh Homme. Homme’s fingerprint is indeed all over, lending guitar, bass, vocals, piano, various percussion, a slew of other instruments, while serving as the record’s producer. Dean Fertita (QOTSA, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs) adds his signature lead guitar along with wurlitzer, vocals, etc., and Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) holds firm behind the drum kit.

It is an Iggy Pop record; the man just surrounds himself with appropriate company. The tone of the album is what you’d expect from members of QOTSA, unsurprisingly recorded at Homme’s Joshua Tree studio Rancho De La Luna. That said, it is Iggy’s unmistakable baritone that really cements the record as HIS. The songs and lyrical content are bleak, hopefully, and furious all at once. Should this be the last Iggy Pop record, I say well done. Play loud. Especially the album’s closer “Paraguay.”

Recommended if you are a fan of Iggy Pop, Queens of the Stone Age, The Stooges, Dead Weather or Desert Sessions.

— Jon E. Lynch[email protected]


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