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Iggy Pop - Free
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2019 Ratings: #334 / 493
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Based on 54 ratings
2019 Ratings: #745
September 6, 2019 / Release Date
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Caroline International, Loma Vista / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Northern Transmissions

The dissolution of song form on Free emulates the personal work Pop has been doing to dissolve his ego.

90
DIY

It’s the uniquely sombre and contemplative Iggy Pop album we didn’t realise we needed.

80
The Independent

It feels less cohesive as a result, a likely polarising listen that sees Pop embracing the guises of poet and provocateur, but with an admirable disinterest in whether the two ever satisfactorily coalesce.

80
NME

Iggy's 18th solo album sees the rock'n'roll icon take control of his legacy with a contemplative and liberating collection that unshackles him from his past.

80
Exclaim!

Exploring the concept of personal freedom in a manner that's direct and musically sparse, Iggy Pop is reflective and resolute on his compelling solo album, Free.

80
AllMusic

As a detour from rock & roll, Free is a fine and compelling study of the mind and mood of Iggy Pop at the age of 72, and if it's clearly the work of an older artist, that works to its favor, a pointed contrast to the abandon of his youth but with no less gravitas.

80
Spill Magazine

While not a record one would put on every day, Free is the latest expression of Pop’s sheer sense of joy and love for music, and it certainly delivers.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Free feels like more of a ‘getting your house in order’ album than Post Pop Depression ever did.

75
Under The Radar

The proto punk has made one of the year's most surprising and likable albums in Free: A slinky, jazz infused work, with a dose of poetry, dash of mariachi, held together by his wiry baritone and an astute take on current ills.

70
Rolling Stone

At 72, the Iguana proves he’s something of a modern-day lounge lizard who, yes, still sings about sex.

70
FLOOD Magazine

This time, Pop’s focus finds itself on the hardened edge of a path he’s taken before: the searing spoken-word of 1999’s Avenue B, and the jazzier leanings of 2009’s Préliminaires and 2012’s Après.

70
The 405

Iggy is more interested in reading poetry than writing hooks, and longtime fans will have no problem admiring the words.

67
Consequence of Sound

Free is a celebration not just of the singer’s surprising longevity, but his creative relevancy.

67
Pitchfork

The haziness of Free has its share of frustrations—as alluring as the pensive soundscapes are, it’s hard not to wish they were occasionally more sculpted—but there’s something curiously human and appealing about its ungainly nature.

60
The Observer

Thomas’s mournful solos are foregrounded throughout, and Noveller’s contributions are subtle rather than showy, while Iggy intones instead of singing, recalling Johnny Cash’s American albums.

50
Loud and Quiet

Free may share a melancholy, and an engaging self-referential spirit, with Post Pop Depression, but it’s a grab bag of incomplete ideas grasping for cohesion.

40
The Skinny

For all but the hardcore, Free seems to baffle as much as it bewitches.

40
The Guardian

This strange patchwork of jazz, poetry, ambience, lamentable lyrics and the odd pub-singer moment works fitfully at best.

KengojiUltamYT
40
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Doofy
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I Have a Really Cool Voice: The Album

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dgzsz
34
The spoken-word tracks on this album made me realize Iggy Pop should give up on his musical career and voice National Geographic documentaries instead.
jordymusic
62
I don't mind this you know. It is ridiculously self indulgent, careless, and probably due to those traits, quite funny. I have a soft spot for the attitude Iggy's displaying here. If you like Iggy Pop enough to hear him not give a fuck for 33 minutes then give it a shot. A lot of his vocalization here is similar to the Teatime Dub Encounters EP from last year though not quite as good humoured. Guy's just pissing around man, have a laugh with it.
their_nickname
20
Iggy Pop is a legend. There's no denying it. The man actually release a really solid album just recently, with Post Pop Depression. The horrible truth of that record's successes is sinking in however. Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age fame was all over it. I'm now unfortunately convinced he is what made that album cohesive and listenable, because this album is neither of those things. There are spoken word passages that aren't as deep as they'd like to be, a dash here of jazz and some fuzzy ... read more
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Track List

  1. Free
  2. Loves Missing
  3. Sonali
  4. James Bond
  5. Dirty Sanchez
  6. Glow in the Dark
  7. Page
  8. We Are the People
  9. Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
  10. The Dawn
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