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Iggy Pop’s New Album In May

Iggy Pop’s New Album In May

Iggy Pop - Après

“All popular music forms of today get their strength from the beat. Rap, hip-hop, metal, pop, and rock producers will tell you that the beats they use imitate the human heartbeat and that is where the power lies. The feeling of listening to any of these forms is always some variation on excitement, but before the birth of the blues there was another form of popular song, in which the timing comes from the human breath and the feelings are much more about emotion. These older ways of expression were known variously as bel canto, chanson, plainsong or just folk music. I’ve always loved this other feeling, one that is intimate, sometimes a little sad, and does not try to beat me on the head. So I wanted to sing some of these songs myself, hoping to bring the feeling I felt as a listener to my listeners through my voice. Many of these songs are in French, probably because it is French culture which has most stubbornly resisted the mortal attacks of the Anglo-American music machine.“

Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop – an icon, a rebel, godfather of punk, Iggy and The Stooges’ main man with a 40-year-long career. There is no one like Iggy and generations of fans, musicians and music critics can testify to this. He’s also multidimensional which he proves with his new album:


This album is another take on music we do not necessarily associate Iggy with. After the success of his English/French release „Preliminaires“ from 2009 he returns with „Après“ – an album filled with his own versions of songs that inspire him. As Iggy explains his choices song by song in the booklet one cannot help but notice how eclectic, versatile yet well suited this selection is. Iggy’s soothing voice is complimented by beautifully crafted, elegant arrangements that remind us that great tunes are immortal and we can all relate to them no matter what our background is. You don’t need to tamper with them any more than just put your own soul into them.



Et si tu n’existais pas (Joe Dassin)
La Javanaise (Serge Gainsbourg)
Everybody’s Talkin’ (Harry Nilsson)
I’m Going Away Smiling (Yoko Ono)
La vie en Rose (Edith Piaf)
Les Passantes (Georges Brassens)
Syracuse (Henri Salvador)
What Is This Thing Called Love? (Cole Porter)
Michelle (The Beatles)
Only the Lonely (Frank Sinatra)