What do you get when you combine a legend, an icon, and members of two of the best alt rock bands in modern music? You get an album that has restored my hope for the future of rock music, despite it’s title.
Iggy Pop, the “Godfather of Punk,” teamed up with Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, Dean Fertita of The Dead Weather, and Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys to release “Post-Pop Depression.” This is an interesting album, because it is as unique as it is familiar. Confused? Allow me to explain.
You see, the combination of Homme’s signature music production, accompanied by Helder and Fertita’s musicianship amplify Iggy Pop’s deep and distorted vocal styling, giving completely unlike anything this generation, or even the previous, has ever heard before. Resonating vocals accompanied by distorted guitar and a solid backbeat on the drums make for quite an enjoyable listening experience.
So, where does the familiarity factor in? For any long-time fan of Pop’s, you’ll recognize the similarity in song writing and overall tone of “Post-Pop Depression” as it feels like the sequel to his 1977 album “Lust for Life.”
Much like “Lust for Life,” “Post-Pop Depression” is a departure from Iggy Pop’s “Raw Power” sound, and focuses more on lyrical impact and musicianship. From the the echoing opening of “Break Into Your Heart” to the lyrically symbolic “Vulture,” all the way to the closing track “Paraguay,” the album holds strong the whole ride through. At no point do any of the songs falter or feel generic, and that is a rarity in any generation of music.
“Post-Pop Depression” proves, undeniably, that over-produced, hyper auto-tuned, computer generated beats aren’t necessary to create an excellent album. It proves that genuine musicianship and sincere songwriter are still very much alive and well, which brings me to my earlier statement: it gives me hope for the future of rock music.