Sunday, May 8, 2016
Iggy Pop doesn't sound depressed on Post Pop Depression, though he has every right to be. Most of the principal members of The Stooges have died, as well as Lou Reed and now David Bowie. As hard as it might be to imagine, Iggy won't be making music forever, and he's now said that he doesn't intend to try.
The opening track "I'm Gonna Break Into Your Heart" starts with Pop doubling Josh Homme's modal Eastern riff. It doesn't sound as though one is following the other, and it's a perfect microcosm of the album as a whole. Even the one misstep, the spaghetti western "Vulture", is made together. Homme's reputation as a meticulous tone chaser with a penchant for drop tunings can obscure his talent as a fluid and dynamic player, and in large part it's his adaptability that makes Post Pop Depression work. It seems as though he can complement just about anyone, while Pop can stamp his personality on just about anything. It makes for a great parting statement if he does intend to retire and a great avenue of inspiration if he doesn't.