Iggy Pop seems to have closed the curtain on a decades-long career full of erratic performances and a few memorable collaborations.
With Iggy Pop‘s latest album, which is assumed to be his last, he seems to be giving up and going home and neither in a particularly exciting way, if early reviews are to be believed.
While Iggy Pop has shared iconic moments in music history with the likes of the late great David Bowie, among others, it seems the feeling he gives off in Post Pop Depression is sort of…meh.
Post Pop Depression is a collaboration with Queens of the Stoneage’s Josh Homme.
Writer Dan Weiss from Spin gave his opinion on Iggy Pop’s final bow, saying, “Pop’s increasingly box-checking discography veers dangerously close to novelty, and could use a bit of seriousness if he’s ever gonna pull off that elder statesman thing.”
He later added, “It’s hard to say if Homme and Pop are better served by the nine-track length or not. Post Pop Depression doesn’t feel particularly tight or focused, but neither dude is conceptual enough to really justify a larger sprawl. They’re both too old to not get in and get out, yet their solid collaboration feels slight anyway.”
However, despite the many reviews that pan Iggy Pop’s album as mediocrity, it seems his live performances may still be as fulfilling as fans have come to expect over the last several decades.
Iggy Pop was recently at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, and if one writer for the New York Times is to be believed, he’s still got it.
The review read, “On Wednesday night he hurtled onstage with legs pumping, arms flailing and hair aswirl. Two songs later he tossed away his jacket and he remained bare-chested through the rest of his two-hour set at the Moody Theater here. After he belted out the credo of “Funtime” — “I just do what I want to do” — he stage-dived into the audience. At 68, he was not holding back.”
Have you heard Iggy Pop’s Post Pop Depression? Were you impressed or not so much?