onsdag 4 mars 2015


Ono's fourth solo album and her last for Apple. This time backed by John Lennon, Jim Keltner and a bunch of renowned studio musicians. I'm one of those who really like her earlier work - the experimenting, avant garde and kabuki style singing. The debute is an abuse to common music sense and "Fly" a killer on so many levels. In comparison this is easy listening. Soft pop as ballads or slow raggae carrying politically concerned lyrics on feminist issues. Instrumental backing is meticulous, but not very exciting. To me the one outstanding track is "Woman Power" where she talk-sings to a pumping krautish background and shrieking guitars. That could have been on "Fly" and at least I wish there was more in that vein here. I've seen a lot of yammering about her vocals. Get real! As a rock fan for fifty years I've heard a lot worse from both male and female singers without anyone raising complaints. I think the dissatisfaction more has to do with different cultural background, female confidence and the old "the woman who broke up The Beatles" sore. In all it is a rather pleasant album. To my taste not as good as her earlier ones, but certainly worth having. First US on Apple (SW-3412). 1997 re-mastered CD on Rykodisc (RCD 10419) came with two bonus tracks and each copy individually numbered. Premiere UK had label as shown here and thin matt cover. (FÄV*) (BÄ*) (JYZÖ*) (ÄPLÄ*)

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