Post Pop Depression

Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression
Critic Score
Based on 34 reviews
2016 Ratings: #279 / 885
Year End Rank: #30
User Score
Based on 261 ratings
2016 Ratings: #333
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March 18, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Loma Vista / Label
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Iggy’s vocals and lyrics are astounding – he’s like an angry young man all over again, and is far more gnarly and potent than any of his contemporaries. It’s an intelligent, sassy garage rock record that’s obsessed with two things: sex and death.
Entertainment Weekly

Underscored by high-octane tunes, Post Pop Depression runs the gamut from quiet introspection to brash rebellion — and stands tall as some of Pop’s most essential work in years.


The lyrics here are some of the finest Iggy has ever written, perfectly balancing out a more morbid line of thought than he’s followed before with an undiminished lust for late life.

The Line of Best Fit

A bit more of such, er, raw power in place of a few overworked moments would've made Post Pop Depression pretty much perfect.


Post Pop Depression isn't the sound of an acclaimed artist seamlessly slipping away, but a wild animal screaming with all his might into the night — perhaps, if he's to be believed, for the last time.


Pop has suggested that Post Pop Depression may be his last album, and if that's true, it wraps up his career with a strong and atypical work.


Post Pop Depression is every bit as startling, both in sound, and end-of-days openness.


Occasionally, Homme, Fertita, and Helders impress, but more often than not, Iggy’s sidemen are unremarkable, which only serves to highlight how commanding the rock n’ roll singer still is at age 68.

The Skinny

Post Pop Depression finds Pop obsessed with his own legacy and exit (from the planet and the industry).

Rolling Stone

On his awesomely gnarled 17th solo album, he plays the low-rent elder statesman, a spectacularly scuzzball Leonard Cohen still snarling, still hoping to get his rocks off.


Post Pop Depression is unremittingly bleak; a meditation on mortality and regret which ... offers no soft-focus reverb, and precious little comfort either side of the grave.

The album recalls so many of his best old tricks while altering the presentation just enough to give it a necessary freshness.
Consequence of Sound

Post Pop Depression feels like salt in an open wound. The only thing more frustrating about the thought of Iggy leaving the game is the ample proof he’s left behind that he can still deliver the goods.

A.V. Club

Post-Pop Depression is a study in bare-bones ’70s rock. The pace and style favors Pop’s throbbing monotone, which blankets each song with a warmth that’s both haunting and familiar.

Slant Magazine

Post Pop Depression seeks to deliver a proper send-off for Iggy the songwriter and pop pioneer.


Thanks in no small part to the significant contribution of Homme, the shirtless rocker has created his best work since his early Bowie collaborations. It seems only right that Iggy should end his long career on such a high.


Musically, the album is certainly not the Queens of the Stooge Age psych-punk blowout the advance billing may have suggested and, at times, the album's ruminative nature makes you long for a little less search and a little more destroy.

Under The Radar

Post Pop Depression is very much a man trying to find the proper context for himself, his considerable legacy, and where his shape fits in the modern world, and perhaps sounding a little lost in the process. 


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.

The Guardian
It’s never poor, but never quite scales the heights you want. It’s a shrug, and Iggy Pop should never incite shrugging.

It’s catchy and has some great stories nestling in there - ‘Post Pop Depression’ gets its hooks into you gradually with each listen. 

NOW Magazine

He seems caught in a place between wizened wild child and something kookier, but he’s apparently too content to go whole hog in either direction.

Pretty Much Amazing

This is a tired, midtempo modern rock album that’s generally listenable, great in seconds-long flashes, and often execrable.

Nice to heae Iggy still rocking in his old age.

Best Track: Sunday
Worst Track: Paraguay
Veteran punk legend Iggy Pop teams up with modern rock renegade Josh Homme for a revivalist stoner/hard-rock experience on Post Pop Depression. While the iconic singer/songwriter seems to be up front on the record (and in pretty good shape), the other members of the newly founded group seem like little more than disposable pieces in the grand scheme. Even though Homme is largely known for his powerful performances and blazing guitar-riffs that usually carry a lot of personality, on this record ... read more
I hope Iggy lives forever man.
With substantial help from Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), who produced this album and recruited Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys drummer) and Dean Fertita (QotSA guitarist), Iggy Pop released his best work in 40 years (yes, since The Idiot and Lust for Life, both produced and co-written by David Bowie in 1977). The lyrics are very autobiographical, as this excerpt from "American Valhalla" indicates: "I've nothing but my name".
Highlights: "Break Into Your ... read more
Dark and stylish.
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Track List

  1. Break into Your Heart
  2. Gardenia
  3. American Valhalla
  4. In the Lobby
  5. Sunday
  6. Vulture
  7. German Days
  8. Chocolate Drops
  9. Paraguay
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Added on: January 21, 2016