Iggy Pop, ‘Post Pop Depression’


Aidin Vaziri | Iggy Pop had just one question on his mind when he went in to record his latest album, “Post Pop Depression”: “What happens after your years of service?” With collaborator Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, the 69-year-old punk icon grapples with it on the nine songs here — recorded without a label — but often comes up empty-handed. “It’s so hard to figure it out/ I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know,” he sputters on “American Valhalla.” The music is moody and ominous, with Pop’s dramatic baritone snaking through campy ballads like “Gardenia” and “Break Into Your Heart” with shades of remorse and vulnerability — a far cry from the caveman strut of the Stooges. But in his creative risk-taking here, he may have just found his answer.