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Iggy Pop’s Takes a Trip Through Uncharted Territory on His Jazzy, Provocative New Album, ‘Free’ (Listen)

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Iggy Pop wants to be Free — that’s the sentiment the punk legend expresses on its opening title track of his new album, released on Friday.

But don’t expect anything close to “punk” in the traditional sense of the word, even from someone like Pop, the embodiment of the punk ethos for decades. This album is weird. Mellow, introspective and filled with nearly spoken-word tracks of Pop’s voice accentuating songs written in the indie/rock vein, it’s definitely something new for him, even after the provocative departure of 2016’s Post Pop Depression.

This LP was previewed in recent weeks with a few tracks, each of which showcased Iggy Pop’s intriguing approach for this one. As he said of the record in a statement:

“This is an album in which other artists speak for me, but I lend my voice,” Iggy Pop says of Free. “By the end of the tours following Post Pop Depression, I felt sure that I had rid myself of the problem of chronic insecurity that had dogged my life and career for too long. But I also felt drained. And I felt like I wanted to put on shades, turn my back, and walk away. I wanted to be free. I know that’s an illusion, and that freedom is only something you feel, but I have lived my life thus far in the belief that that feeling is all that is worth pursuing; all that you need—not happiness or love necessarily, but the feeling of being free. So this album just kind of happened to me, and I let it happen.”

Stream the album below, via Spotify:

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