Iggy Pop sets the stage for big album releases expected in 2023 –

Iggy Pop sets the stage for big album releases expected in 2023 –

Iggy Pop, 75, lights the fuse for the productions expected during this first half of 2023. With “Every Loser”, the most famous Iguana in rock’n’roll returns to his first love of big guitars after a jazzy parenthesis. An uninspired comeback.

For his return, Iggy Pop saw things on a grand scale since he enlisted a whole armada of musicians and big caliber American rock musicians, including bassist Duff McKagan (member of Guns N’ Roses), guitarist Stone Gossard (of Pearl Jam ), drummers Chad Smith (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) and the late Taylor Hawkins (of the Foo Fighters).

Alas, this squad is a little too noisy and outrageously heard over the eleven new songs by the former leader of the Stooges and godfather of punk. Many tracks are not very inspired, often caricatural and bloated with sometimes even some unpleasant hints of FM rock. Even if we feel in places the irony and the second degree dawning behind the angry battering or boasting of masculine attributes, the rock’n’roll flame only lights up intermittently.

Fortunately, Iggy’s impeccable voice, alternately ardent, shrill and smoky like an elegant crooner, saves the album from complete wreckage. “Every Loser” thus sounds like a somewhat failed return to the primitive roots of rock for the American singer who might have done better to stick to taking his rock bow as he had initially announced on the poisonous “Post Pop Depression” (2016), made with members of Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys.

>> To listen: the track “Strung Out Johnny”

The Cure, Depeche Mode or Metallica to come

We hope that other venerable artists expected in this first half of the year will show themselves in better shape than Iggy Pop in order to prove that it is still sometimes in old pots that the best jams are made. Like The Cure for example, which should finally put an end to the Arlesian that constitutes the release of a new album announced for years – the last original recording dates from fourteen years ago.

The group led by Robert Smith has in any case already begun to unveil unreleased tracks on stage during its current tour through Geneva last November. The album should be titled “Songs of a Lost World”, but does not yet have a final release date set.

>> To see: the report on the concert of The Cure in Geneva in November 2022

Sunday evening in Geneva, the concert of the English group The Cure brought together several generations of fans / 7:30 p.m. / 2 min. / November 7, 2022

Quite the opposite of their British counterparts from Depeche Mode who will publish in March “Memento Mori”, a new album which they will present during a major world tour starting in the spring and which will pass through Switzerland, at the Wankdorf stadium in Bern, on June 11 . A series of concerts that will take place for the first time without their late founding member Andy Fletcher.

>> To read also: Depeche Mode announces new album and tour in 2023

In April, it will then be the turn of another heavyweight to come out of the woods to break a six-year discographic silence. Metallica plans to release “72 Seasons,” her twelfth studio album, on April 14. He has already unveiled an extract, entitled “Lux Aeterna”, last November. Again, the release will be accompanied by a colossal world tour. But no date of the kings of Californian metal is on the other hand envisaged to date in Switzerland.

>> To read also: Metallica announces new album for 2023

Finally, among the other heavyweight albums still expected during this first half of the year are those of Gorillaz, Lana Del Rey, Morrissey, Smashing Pumpkins, Miley Cyrus, Gaz Coombes (ex-Supergrass), PJ Harvey, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Shania Twain, Pink or Blink-182.

Oliver Horner

Iggy Pop, “Every Loser” (Gold Tooth Records/Atlantic Records).

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