Bagism: Albums & Singles

Mind Games


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Aug 4, 1995
Jeff Blehar (Bleharj@Erols.com)
Arguably Lennon's most famous album, Imagine does not do much for me. Although the title song is definitely his most famous, and most loved, it leaves me feeling somewhat flat. The instrumentation is too sugary for my taste (What would you expect from Phil Spector?) and the tune, while quite easy on ears, is much too repetitive. "Crippled Inside" is, as one reviewer put it, a "quintessentially stupid song," and there is much too much echo on the song. "Jealous Guy", a rewrite of Lennon's 1968 song "Child Of Nature", suffers from the same problems as "Imagine"; candyfloss orchestration, and a repetitive tune (my KINGDOM for a middle eight!!). "It's So Hard" is a standard blues song, and actually it rocks nicely, but again, it's very derivative. "I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier" is a sonic experiment; brave, defiant, and the like. It's a stormy affair, with reverb-drenched guitars and voices, but it is the closest John ever got to the avant-garde 'sound' other than "Revolution 9" and the "Nutopian International Anthem". All of that being said, there are some very good tunes on the album. "Oh My Love" is quiet, contemplative, beautiful and lyrically very revealing. ("Oh my love for the first time in my life, my mind is wide open") "Give Me Some Truth" is another classic Lennon raver, this time with some real conviction backing it. "How Do You Sleep?" is Lennon's best hate song, and Spector is to be congratulated for giving this song the edge it needed. Finally, "Oh Yoko!" is my favorite song on the album. I imagine that if you had to ascribe a sound to the feeling of serendipity, this song would be it. Guitar, drums, piano and John's impassioned vocal come together in the best possible way imaginable to create a wash of happy sound. (Credit ought to be given to the mixing engineers here). Overall an average album with a few high points, and a let-down after Plastic Ono Band.

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Rating: 5.0
May 24, 1996
anonymous
personally i found this album the most uniqiue in his collection thus other albums of his have the quality of the true song writer he was. the beatles were obviously sincere in song writing,but when john lennon wrote and composed a song, it was magic.

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