Post Pop Depression by Iggy Pop (Lorna Vista)
After his 16 solo albums, alongside five albums as frontman for punk-spawning The Stooges, one has to wonder what Iggy Pop has left to say. With March 18’s Post Pop Depression, the answer, unfortunately, seems to be “not much,” though he still manages to say it in an entertaining way.
Now 68, Iggy seems to struggle through the vocals at times, particularly when trying for the snarls or screams of more modern hard rock.
However, the album’s main weakness is in its sometimes awkward, often predictable lyrics. “Gardenia” is a particularly clear example, with “you could be burned at the stake/for all your mistakes,” and “the streets were your home/now where do you roam?” serving as particularly notable cases of lyrical blandness. The blandness is discernable on plenty of other tracks, where an interesting hook is repeated ad nauseam with little development.
That said, the production of the songs helps make them into unique entities in a way the lyrics generally fail to. As the album goes on, this aging icon shows an interest in making unexpected musical choices, such as when the track “Sunday” transitions into a classical composition. Other tracks integrate the sounds of country and, in an interestingly bizarre choice, a disco-like beat backs “Chocolate Drops.”
Despite the sometimes uneven quality of Iggy’s latest, it ends on an indisputable high note, the hilariously overthe- top track “Paraguay,” in which Iggy expresses his towering disgust for his life, his career, and his listeners.