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It’s a shame Iggy Pop already employed Post Pop Depression for his last album’s title, because if ever an LP demanded it, it’s his 18th. It begins with a simple mantra – “I want to be free” – accompanied by ambient sounds and the kind of trumpet playing Mark Isham contributed to David Sylvian albums, and ends with another spoken word track, The Dawn, on which his sparse, creepy accompaniment can’t hide its closing words’ bleak truth: “Love and sex are gonna occur to you/ And neither one will solve the darkness”. But it’s not all doom and gloom: he’s playful on James Bond, cracking jokes to a simple garage accompaniment – “Nuts melt in her mouth/ But not in her hand… She just likes M&M’s” – and familiarly coarse in venting frustration on Dirty Sanchez’s rumbling singalong. But Free – no surprises here – is best at its most liberated, as on Glow In The Dark, which could be Joy Division playing jazz, while Sonali, with its twitching electronic percussion and streamof- consciousness lyrics, has something of late-Bowie about it. His invigorated, Lee Marvin-like reading of Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, moreover, confirms his experimental, but compelling Lee-Hazlewood-does-Blackstar mood may not last long.

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In the latest issue of Classic Pop we have a world exclusive interview with Duran Duran who reveal all about their forthcoming new studio album and the iconic show they played for NASA to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. A candid Gary Numan talks to us about his 40 years as a ground-breaking icon of electronic music and Kim Wilde explains why it’s taken her 38 years to release her first live album, plus we also chat to Metronomy’s Joe Mount about his band’s ambitious new studio LP.

For our latest album-by-album feature we examine the amazing back catalogue of Blur and we also look back at the technology that drove the electro revolution with the help of members of the Human League and Landscape. 

Our classic album is Prince’s Sign O’ The Times and we also meet his collaborator Cat Glover to hear about her recollections of the project.

Our packed new album reviews section includes Charli XCX, Kim Wilde, Bon Iver, Keane, Chrissie Hynde, The Brand New Heavies and more. On the reissues front, we serve up a selection including Prefab Sprout, Goldfrapp, Janet Jackson, Jimmy Somerville, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Teardrop Explodes. In our live reviews section, we check out shows by New Order, kd lang, Stevie Wonder, Jenny Lewis and more.

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