Perhaps a hint as to why this is labelled a solo album exists in the title, Post Pop Depression. Lyrically the record indicates that Pop is at a point in his life where he is contemplating death and legacy, and these concerns are clear on American Valhalla when Pop opens with the lines “I have no plans/I have no debt/But mine is not the carefree set/I’m looking for American Valhalla”,
and later laments that “this hasn’t been an easy life” and ends by repeating “I’ve nothing but my name”, with the final repetitions being delivered as a weary growl. Rumours are circulating that this may be Pop’s final album, so maybe this record exists as a coup de grâce to his long, influential, career, with solo billing being granted in deference and recognition of his place in the canon of rock music.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 18th March 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.