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Iggy Pop

Free

Eighteenth solo album from the legendary singer and former Stooges frontman

ADM rating[?]

6.9

Label
Thousand M
UK Release date
06/09/2019
US Release date
06/09/2019
  1. 9.0 |   Northern Transmission

    Iggy Pop has forged many sounds and worn many guises over his legendary career. But stripped of all those, with his agency forfeited to trusting hands, he finally sounds free
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  2. 9.0 |   DIY

    The uniquely sombre and contemplative Iggy Pop album we didn’t realise we needed
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  3. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    An icon tests his own core and audience expectations to get to something authentic within his current state of mind
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  4. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    One song is delivered in a croon so wavery it’ll divide listeners into those moved and those who think it sounds like a basso profundo Kermit the Frog
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    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
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  6. 8.0 |   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
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  7. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Free transforms not so much into a finite record, but one that feels like a lyrical wind-down, Pop pondering the road ahead and trying to make sense of it
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  8. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Free is quite the opposite – it's a moody, hazy, gloomy take on modern jazz. It’s also a return of Iggy Pop the elder statesman, the icon, the legend in his own lifetime
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  9. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The intimate, minimal work done by his accomplices serves to channel Pop at his bleakest and most rueful. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    This is not so much a case of an old dog learning new tricks as it is young pups frolicking and gambolling under the watchful eye of the old dog they know so well
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  11. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    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
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  12. 7.0 |   The Music

    An escapist record that’s not among Pop’s most exhilarating
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  13. 7.0 |   The 405

    Iggy Pop manages to remain punk while taking a more measured approach on Free
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  14. 7.0 |   music OMH

    It is a solid album, but just leaves you wondering slightly what could have been
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  15. 6.7 |   Pitchfork

    On his meditative collaboration with the ambient guitarist Noveller and jazz trumpeter Leron Thomas, Iggy Pop turns inward
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  16. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    An intriguing, if uneven, change of course for a punk legend
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  17. 6.0 |   Clash

    On an album centring around concepts of storytelling and reflection, Iggy Pop’s voice remains phenomenal. It always will. However, an underwhelming feeling lingers throughout 'Free', one which is hard to ignore
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  18. 6.0 |   The Observer

    There is much else to enjoy in this unpredictable set, from an impassioned reading of Dylan Thomas’s Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night to the gradual build of Glow in the Dark
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  19. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Free, in a good way, resembles his more esoteric work. Print edition only

  20. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Accompanied throughout by experimental guitarist Sarah Lipstate and jazz trumpeter Leron Thomas, the soundscapes here are minimalistic and yearning, exploratory and spacey
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  21. 6.0 |   Q

    Imperfect but never less than interesting. Print edition only

  22. 5.0 |   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
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  23. 4.0 |   The Skinny

    For all but the hardcore, Free seems to baffle as much as it bewitches
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  24. 4.0 |   The FT

    The album teams the ex-Stooges singer with guitar instrumentalist Sarah Lipstate and jazz trumpeter Leron Thomas
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