By Adam Schalke
Iggy Pop has been something of an eccentric. This is the guy who basically invented punk rock in the late 60s, reinvented himself to create pop music with David Bowie and the B-52’s in the 80s and then made a jazz album in French some 40 years into his career. This time, Iggy Pop has returned to his native genre to give us an excellent new rock album.
“Post Pop Depression,” the latest from Pop, features him collaborating with Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, who produced the album as well as writing the songs with Pop.
Members of Homme’s band and the Arctic Monkeys fill out the rhythm section on the album.
While this is still Pop’s album, all the usual elements of Homme’s music, from the sludgy guitar grooves to the snare-heavy drum beats, are on full display here alongside Pop’s baritone growl.
In fact, neither one of them seems to be taking any different approaches on this album than they have on earlier outputs. The whole thing seems to work exclusively because Pop’s style seems to so effortlessly intertwine itself with Homme’s, and vice versa.
At times, the album seems to sound like another Queens of the Stone Age album, especially on the opening track “Break Into Your Heart.” However, that is not necessarily a bad thing.
Pop seems to work best when he has strong people alongside him, and Homme is evidently the newest in a long line of excellent collaborators.
4 out of 5 Torches