Continuing the french theme from his last album Preliminaires, Apres is a collection of covers this time - no original Iggy songs here. Of the ten songs, five are sung in french...the well known french track being Piaf's La Vie en Rose (interpreted here as per the Louis Armstrong version with trumpet). The other five tunes are sung in english and they include 'Everybody's Talkin' by Fred Neil (more famously sung by Nillson for the Midnight Cowboy movie)and the Beatles' Michelle...Another track covered is a Yoko Ono/Sean Lennon original 'I'm going away smiling'...
Iggy sings each song beautifully imo in his deep and distinctive baritone voice that has matured like a fine french wine and sounds better than ever......and the musical backing is perfectly complimentary and as a whole creates a wonderful 'ambience'. I much prefer Apres to Preliminaires, which I also think is an excellent album.
I will make a bold statment and say that some of these versions by Iggy could be the definitive ones for me in future....but its early days..
The downside to the album is the length of duration - its just short of 30 minutes long - although that is no different to the Beatles 'A Hard Days Night' album and Dylan's 'Nashville Skyline' - quality over quantity..
The cd comes with a booklet with lyrics and notes by Iggy on each tune..