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"Double Fantasy" was John Lennon's last album released during his lifetime and is a collaboration with Yoko Ono. It was released on Nov. 17, 1980 (US & UK) to mark the return of John's five year hiatus from the music business. Double Fantasy won a Grammy award for best album of the year for 1981.

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Rating: 4.5
Apr 5, 2012
Jack Reed
I love this album period. John's songs (to me) are some of the best of his solo career. Woman, Watching the Wheels, etc are all fantastic, Yes we all know they are a a bit over produced, but the album was made in 1980, what do you expect. Now normally, I can't take much of Yoko on a musical level, but her songs on this album are a guilty pleasure for me. And unlike most, I do not find they disrupt the flow. She doesn't quite stand up to JL, but who does? The question that looms is, her songs are musically the best she ever wrote, did she have help?

Rating: 3.0
Jul 20, 2008
Lennon had his creative juices flowing in 1980 & he was suddenly back in the studio recording some new songs after a long self imposed exile of five years. The results of these efforts was Double Fantasy & the later Milk and Honey which includes some songs that were still a work in progress. The best of the songs from Double Fantasy: Watching the Wheels (discusses his withdrawal from the music scene. great lyrics, great song), Beautiful Boy (the love for his son), Woman & Dear Yoko (his devotion to his wife), Starting Over (the need for a new beginning), Losing You (his fear he may be losing Yoko). All find John in good form. However, the problem I have with Double Fantasy is the concept (the dialogue between John & Yoko) simply does not work. Yoko's songs disrupt the flow of John's songs causing, in my opinion, an uneven record. It's my belief Double Fantasy has always been somewhat of an overrated rated album due to the awful, tragic event that happened a few weeks after it's release. John has a few great songs here though most are just good, nice sentimental songs. Yoko's songs range from a few being average to the rest being just plain awful rubbish. Yoko's insistance that this be a 50-50 split prevents the potential of this album from being fully realized. Put the best of John's songs from Double Fantasy and Milk and Honey & add a few songs like Walking on Thin Ice from Yoko then you have the makings of a great comeback album. Double Fantasy in it's current form just doesn't do it for me. It's overrated.

Rating: 4.0
Jan 11, 2008
Carl M
Double Fantasy is a good album IF you accept it for what it is. It's not a John Lennon album. It's a concept album, JohnAndYoko's "Heart Play" which is something somewhere in between the soundtrack from the broadway musical, Evita (a big hit at the time) and Plastic Ono Band. It has some soft spots: "Clean Up Time" is John's weakest track but it's okay. "Hard Time Are Over" is a pretty good song but not well suited for Yoko's voice although the backing singers cover that fairly well. "I'm No Angel" and "Beautiful Boys" are just plain bad. BUT the rest of it is good, some of it very good and the orignal LP had 14 tracks at a time when the typical LP 10.

Rating: 4.0
Aug 14, 2007
Paul Panetta
I still play this album that's in my collection. Even the Yoko stuff is fine ( even though in 1980,we were still in the punk mode) so her stuff works. However, this would have been a real good album if for 2 things. 1- If Lennon finished off some of the songs that he shelved for the Milk and Honey Lp and put them on Double Fantasy. 2- If Yoko would have only lotted 2 or 3 songs ( sort of the way George Harrison had it on the Beatles records of the '60's. I think everybody knows this and I agree with the reviewer that had Lennon lived, this album would have NOT won best album of the year at the Grammys in 1981.I remember in 1980,when the single ( Just like) Starting Over played on our oldie station at that time. It was soooo good to hear John Lennon's voice back on the airwaves,'cause all we had for the last 5 years was McCartney stuff.And then the album came out in November and I almost bought it until the disc jockey notified us listeners that " Not only John has his songs on this new LP, but Yoko also" I remember I let out with a scream( A yoko scream)!! The night of December 8th-Monday night. Cold and Foggy. I was at my electronics job as a machine operator working a swing shift(3-11:30pm) and I just got back from a dinner break at 7:55pm PST. I had a radio in the area and I turned it back on and the song that was finishing up was the Police song DODODO-DADADA (That silly title song)and I was turning on my 4 machines and they weree loud! The song that was after that Police song was ( I swear to you readers)ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST by Queen. I would say not even a 1/4 into the song, I heard what was like taking the arm that holds the needle on the turntable and just totally hearing that scratch across the vinyl!! I looked up and the first thing I thought was,"Hey Man, really good for the record".Then while my loud machines were buzzing,I heard him mention what sounded like GLENNON. I was saying," Who the hell is GLENNON?" and I heard the words DAKOTA BUILDING and SHOOTING. I looked up again and I said,DAKOTA BUILDING ,John Lennon lives there.LENNON,NOT GLENNON. I quickly went over to the area where the radio was and the last thing I caught from the DJ was,"That's all the information I have for now, John Lennon ,Dead at 40 tonight".Can you say SHOCK? I was like a manniquin at Macys with it's mouth open,not really taking in that bulliten over the speakers.They went into the Ballad of John and Yoko and they played Imagine and then after 2 more songs the DJ came back on confirming it,making it offical that our childhood idol was dead of a senseless act! They did play the whole Double Fanasy Lp, but the next day, My college friend bought the album and we both listened to it. I never owned this album until 1998,so it's a fine album that I will always cherish ,but it would have been better for the legend like Lennon had it been different.

Rating: 3.5
Jun 18, 2007
OK. Yes after being out of the business for five years John Lennon comes back in the ring and he comes back strong. Starting Over, Watching the Wheels, I'm Losing You, and Woman are 4 knockouts. Excellent songs and he shows he hasn't lost a thing in those lost 5 years. Clean Up Time is ok. This could have been as good as his 1971 Imagine album if he could have done the whole album himself. He didn't learn from the Sometime in New York City record. " Keep the woman off the album!!!!!!!!!!" Why is she singing on this album? Mr. Lennon does not do his fans a favor letting her sing on his albums. It's a shame too. I must apologize to the Paul McCartney fans buy perhaps being a bit too harsh in my other reviews. In the same year 1980 he releases "McCartney 2." The only good thing was that his Mrs. Linda does not sing on the album. Mr. Lennon should have taken the same approach. Paul McCartney was a great singer and a excellent musician. He was a strong part of the Beatles success. "But Muzak to my ears solo career". Band on the Run album and "Juniors Farm" single were good but it ends there. John Lennon made some great songs, but the ablum is only 1/2 done. That is very sad to see. One the creative and most orginal man the world has ever known in the entertainment business manipulated by a spouse like that. In retrospect, it would have been more moralastic and things would have worked out much better for him if he would have kept his first wife. But we all have choices and he made is. Not a bad album but if he was going make records with her singing half the songs, then he really didn't need to come back.

Rating: 4.5
Apr 21, 2007
I find it almost impossible to listen to this album from A to Z.The sound has dated, but not the songs, at least john's, and even a couple of Yoko's.After a 5 years absence from the "merry-go-round", John was back, I was (just!) seventeen and shortly after the release, John Lennon was shot to death.It screwed me at the time and I still can feel the pain and the bitterness associated with "Double fantasy".But the album still is very good,particularly tracks like "I'm losing you","starting over","Woman" and "watching the wheels".that leaves 3 just good tracks, the lullaby "beautiful boy", the funky "cleanup time" and the Buddy holly parody "Dear Yoko".

Rating: 4.0
Feb 24, 2007
I was 14 when this alblum came out, and didn't like it too much. See, at that age his rawer/angrier music, ie. Plastic Ono Band, was more appropriate to what I was feeling. Also, that alblum fit in better with the Punk that was going on, making it hipper at the time. This alblum seemed corny and glossy. He was too happy it seemed, and I didn't like it. BUT with age, this alblum has become one of my favorites. It has aged the best of all his alblums. The themes are timeless. "Woman" is probably one of the best songs he ever wrote, with beautiful arrangements. The reason I do not give it 5 is because I don't like Yoko's songs - no offense, but I can't stand her voice (although I admit she has talent).

Rating: 4.0
Apr 4, 2006
"Double Fantasy" is one of my personal favorite Lennon albums, although I really only listen to John's half. Yoko's songs are okay but fail in comparison to John's. (and "Kiss Kiss Kiss" has a rather disturbing sequence of yoko sounds at the end, if you've heard it you know what i mean, if you haven't, DON'T!) his songs are extremely heartfelt, like "Woman", and it's a shame this turned out to be his last. i only gave this a 4 on behalf of Yoko's contribution ( or domination) to the album. BUY IT!!!

Rating: 5.0
Mar 20, 2006
Lennon in the sky now
this is a great album dispite what other idiots might say. Lennon's track (half the album) is really what people listen on this album. Although, there is about 3 good songs Yoko did on here. Anyway, This album is comeback album filled with energy and passion. Every song he did on here is superb, especially the sentimental "Woman". I urge all the true lennon fans to buy this album along with any of his other material, for it will do you some good in life.

Rating: 1.0
Jan 8, 2006
John Douglas-Reed
I was at the tender age of 13 when John Lennon was shot. I had always had a regard for The Beatles' music, having been brought up on Sgt Pepper and Abbey Road in particular, and so largely out of possibly media driven deference to the great man I resolved to spend copious amounts of my hard earned paper round money on not only The Beatles' work but also Lennon's solo post Beatles. I'm glad I did, looking back, since when it came to upgrading my record collection to CD a few years later I already had a pretty good idea of which albums to weed out. In fact, to my mind the only Lennon albums worthy of my hard earned these daya are 'Live Peace In Toronto' (and even then, John's contributions only needless to say); the awesome 'John Lennon/ Plastic Ono Band' and the similarly innovative 'Imagine.' OK, the title track has been done to death, but it still stands up as do many of the others to be found on this, Lennon's most commercially successful album. I have always thought that Lennon's music began to go badly awry as soon as he relocated to New York - no disrespect to the citizens of that great city intended, since of course the 'experimental' work which he and Yoko unleashed on an unsuspecting record buying public back in the late 60s is just unlistenable. But listen 'some time' to 'Some Time In New York City,' to the elevator pap which is 'Mind Games' and similarly 'Walls And Bridges.' Even 'Rock 'n' Roll' fails signally to recreate the spirit of that era, presumably Lennon's intention; there's just no heart to it and so it all just falls rather flat, I'm afraid. 'Double Fantasy' is nothing more or less than an aural emetic, which just leaves 'Shaved Fish' - a compilation, and a compilation at least partially drawn from 'POB' and 'Imagine'! I also remember from the night Lennon was shot that some pundit posed the enigmatic question: 'Just what have we lost?' If 'Double Fantasy' and the even worse horror promised by the then embryonic 'Milk And Honey' are any indication of the Lennons' future recording career, then the answer has inevitably to be 'Not very much.' Don't get me wrong, I genuinely believe that when Lennon (and The Beatles) were on form - which they usually were - they were unassailable. The man is a great hero for me and always has been, since earliest childhood, but I'm thankfully no longer as passively uncritical as I was when I was 13 and I like to think that I can exercise a little more discretion in my choices. It's just a pity that Lennon

Rating: 4.0
Sep 1, 2005
This album was meant to be a love story and that's exactly what it is, it's just that alot of people find it hard to relate to it possibly because not every man is married to Yoko Ono and not every woman is married to John Lennon. Out of John's tracks Starting Over, Woman and Watching The Wheels are all instant classics, I'm Losing You is cool and aggressive at the same time, Beautiful Boy is a bit pretentious but still catchy and who can resist singing along to Dear Yoko? Yoko's tracks are a bit amateurish but that's not really her fault. You can guess that Kiss Kiss Kiss isn't going to be an all time classic just by hearing the title. Give Me Something? Yeah, give me something other that this tripe. I'm Moving On is a great follow on from I'm Losing You. Yes, I'm Your Angel.......erm yes well, it certainly catches the essence of romance. Beautiful Boys sounds like Sean was playing a computer game in the background with it's strange sound effects. Then there's the other tracks, Every Man Yadda Yadda Yadda is a bit too long but still has a great bass and haunting lyrics. Hard Times Are Over is brilliant and shows that Yoko can right a classic song, definately one to gather round the piano for. Help Me To Help Myself is just a demo and therefore feels out of place on such an over-produced album, but it has Lennon's trademark talent beaming from it. Walking On Thin Ice basically predicted the whole next decade of 80s electronic pop, you just get the feeling that this song is something special (or weird) but now it will be remembered as the last song that Lennon worked on which I suppose is appropriate given the fact that it sounds like a 6 minute car crash. Just to sum it up, if you're looking for the mean hard rocker Lennon then steer clear of this one, but if you like the master songwriter and romantic Lennon and you don't mind a bit of Yoko thrown into the mix then this is the one for you.

Rating: 3.0
Aug 26, 2005
c. Hetherington
They say love is blind! But is it also def?

Rating: 2.5
Mar 16, 2005
David Moses
John's songs are all good, except for the rubbish 'clean up time', which sounds like a re-hash of 'cry baby cry'. Yoko's songs are absolute rubbish. She has no talent and her voice is constantly off key. 'Kiss kiss kiss' is one of the worst songs I have ever heard, it is atrocious. Allowing Ono to write half the songs is so ridiculous. Try and equate it with taking the album revolver by the beatles, telling John, Paul and George they could only write half the album, and Ringo writes the other half. This will give you an idea just how crap half of this album truly is.

Rating: 5.0
Feb 3, 2005
Bret Staples
A fitting final album to come from John (so long as you don't count the posthumous Milk and Honey) for a couple of interesting reasons. First of all his initial solo album "Plastic Ono Band" started with eerie church bells ringing and this one starts with a japanese chime (I think) with means love or peace or something (check out the final interview for exactly what it is) which marks a fascinating coming of full circle from the bad break of up the beatles and inner turmoil to ending the decade in peace. As for the songs Starting Over is an obviously fitting opening and a spectacular song that shows John hasn't lost his love of Rock, experimentation, or lyrics. The song transists and grows enough that it harps back to the style of Dear Prudence rather than Move Over Ms. L which we were left with 5 years prior. Almost every Lennon track on the album is well crafted and with the obvious idea that any could be a hit and his reintroduction to the public life should be on top. Watching the Wheels, Woman, and Beautiful Boy all could have been leadoff singles and I'm losing you and Cleanup Time were easy on the ears and a fun listen as well. For anyone who wanted to know John's feelings on things he has a song for each. Watching the Wheels on his retirement, cleanup time and starting over on coming back to the fold, woman for yoko, beautiful boy for sean, and I'm losing you possibly on his pre retirement seperation or acknowledgement that no relationship is perfect, even John and Yoko's at the end. Now to the hard part...Yoko's songs. I read plenty of reviews that say that Yoko is great, her songs are great, her experiments are great etc. In many cases I think people just want to look like they understand the relationship since John shunned those who didn't. However the truth is Yoko's half of the album isn't that bad at all. For those who think they are the worst songs ever they should take a listen to Cambridge 1969 and they will be pleading to hear "Kiss Kiss Kiss" on repeat. The songs are relatively tuneful, often quite lighthearted (a huge change from the past) and interesting musically, and perhaps the best part for cynics like me is that they are quite a bit shorter than johns songs. Half the album is no where near half the time. At the worst they make John's slighter songs like "Cleanup Time" sound fatastic (and relieving) in comparison. I wouldn't condemn anyone who skips her tracks however it should be noted that the "heartplay" of the CD is brilliantly created with the songs weaving together and the track listing obviously painstakingly crafted to make the album more of a look into john and yoko's life rather than an album full of tracks. Listening to just selected tracks is like picking and choosing off of sgt. pepper, it gives and incomplete feel. Double Fantasy is a fantastic album through and through and gives a different and final look to John Lennon as he created just the sort of Peppery Abbey Road like album he was so against at the end of his Beatle days.

Rating: 5.0
Sep 28, 2004
Rick Jackson
a great album of lennon tracks and a sad time to come(dec 8 1980) lennons murder, i love it most of the band cheap trick played on these albums. john was recording the tracks from milk and honey as well , he intended the tracks from double fantasy and milk and honey to be one one album,that would have been such a great thing, but i know yoko wanted half the records as well and as john always did gave her 50% of the space on these records, needless to say the album was on it's way to number 1 due in fact to johns tracks, i put milk and honey and double fantasy as one , with both albums 12 lennon tracks would have been the thing to do. and could have titled the record "double honey"

Rating: 2.0
Sep 27, 2004
burning man
There are two ways of approaching this album. Some of the songs are amongst the best Lennon has done, ("Woman", "Watching the wheels go round") but the album as a whole is totally redundent. Lennon had once again decided to give over half of his creative space to Yoko, and the music buying public is forced to suffer for its art again. This has to be the most cynical move Lennon ever made, given that he could have combined his output with that from "Milk and Honey" and done the same with Yokos rubbish a-la "John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band"/ "Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band". Double fantasy was the album that the skip function on CD players was invented for. My brother termed this function "the Yoko button", after finding that the track listing alternated Johns tracks with Yokos.However, with the advent of a number of collections featuring the better moments of Double Fantasy, no one needs concern themselves with purchasing this album for any reason other than to be completest, or as a tribute to the mans bank account. To many people these songs are important because of the context in which they where released, and as such it is hard to seperate the songs from the surrounding emotions in which they have become enveloped. For fans looking for somekind of heart felt insight into Lennons final years, this selection might be considered essential, but I wonder how these songs would have stood up without the surrounding emotion. We can never know, but non the less, all the best moments of Double Fantasy can be enjoyed without having to resort to obtaining this album.

Rating: 5.0
Aug 24, 2004
Rene Butler
An album which displays the two extremes of music. The Yoko Ono songs can be most accurately described as 'experimental', though I prefer to use the word bizarre. Three of Lennon's songs, Starting Over, Woman and Watching the Wheels are unarguably three of the finest songs ever written. A broad statement you may say, listen to them! I think that Starting Over sets the tone for (the good half of) the album. “It’s kinda tongue in cheeck, ala Elvis" Lennon remarked in his final interview. What this song has for me is spirit, emotion and vocal excellence. Personally it's my favourite song ever. There is no doubt in my mind that John was at the peak of his career when he wrote it. As for Woman, well it's reflective of Lennon's respect for the female form, apparently not Yoko orientated, but I think that was the intention. The chorus is catchy, the vocal range proves that Lennon was a magical singer, despite what some of the ‘experts’ claim. Again, it's the message of the song that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, Lennon bearing his sole. Watching the Wheels is autobiographically brilliant; a straight "There you go to the fans, that’s what I've been doing”. The drumming is sharp too. Beautiful boy (Darling boy) does grow on you, McCartney said that it was his favourite Lennon solo song, you can see why too. Basically the handful of songs I have mentioned here are so damn good that they carry the album on to the plato of 'An all time classic'. It would be interesting had it been minus the Mrs, but he loved her.

Rating: 5.0
Jul 28, 2004
Rhonnie P Fordham
This is a great album but firstly I would like to say John's music 5 stars. Yoko's no stars at all. Her songs are some of the worst of all time. I also read in ''The Lives Of John Lennon'' by Albert Goldman that somebody offered John 25 million dollars for this album then John told him about Yoko on it the studio changed their mind and gave him 1 million dollars. Now if Yoko was out and ''Double Fantasy'' and ''Milk & Honey'' were combined with just John stuff that would be one hell of a album. Anyway back to the review. ''(Just Like) Starting Over'' was one of John's best saying he's back in business after his 5 year break. ''Watching The Wheels'' is the best song on the album great song talking about his 5 year retirement. ''Beautiful Boy(Darling Boy) is a excellent song about Sean. ''Cleanup Time'' is another good song. ''Dear Yoko'' and ''I'm Losing You'' are other great ballads. ''Woman'' a beautiful song about Yoko. Buy this album you won't regret it.

Rating: 2.5
Jul 24, 2004
Dima Morozov
Need to say one more thing. Although some songs which I noticed below are OK this album is only an example of pop culture in the beginning of 80th, along with, for example, McCartney's "McCartney II" or "Pipes of Peace". That's why this album can be characterized by Lennon's remark which he once pronounced concerning McCartney's songs: "The music for escalators".

Rating: 2.5
Jun 20, 2004
Morozov Dima
The "Double Fantasy" isn't a good album to me. Before I purchased it I heard some songs like "Starting Over", "Woman", and "Beautiful Boy" from my disc "Imagine: John Lennon (music from the motion picture)". I recognized from some Internet sites that this nice songs were released on original "Double Fantasy" album and I dicided that this album must be very nice to listen if it includes these beautiful songs. BUT I WAS WRONG!!! When I listened to this disc from the first to the last song I discovered that the only nice songs which I didn't hear before are "Watching The Wheels" and "I'm Losing You"(although the Anthology vrsion of the last composition is, in my opinion, much better). All other songs are only Lennon's tribute of love to Yoko and second half of the disc is a terrible complication of Yoko's "singing".So I found out that this album has only five good songs (they are shown above). So if you want to listen them you should buy "John Lennon Collection" and you will be more satisfied.

Rating: 3.0
May 29, 2004
J Starling
DOUBLE FANTASY is John Lennon's "farewell", and his tragic death within weeks of its release has a huge effect on how we hear this album. My heart wants to give this 5 stars (or apples!), but this album was not intended to be a definitive end - in the sense that George Harrison's BRAINWASHED or even the Beatles' ABBEY ROAD was. But sadly, this is the end - not counting the unfinished MILK AND HONEY. I think I would be playing it safe if I said that over 99% of this albums buyers or listeners are interested only in John's work. But while John's vocals are far more pleasing to the ear, his music tends to be on the safe side of adult contemporary or soft rock. Only one song, "I'm Losing You" has any real Lennon grit to it. There are too many session musicians and not enough recognizable touches from John. By contrast, whatever you may feel about Yoko's siging voice, "unique" mannerisms, or lyrics - her tracks are at least more detailed and interesting. Perhaps this was a deliberate attempt to put her music in a more favorable light. Many people probably don't care for the new wave/disco sound of her tracks (it was 1980 after all). "(Just Like) Starting Over" is one the big hits, and it has an optimistic, breezy air, with an irresistible call to drop everything, book a flight and honeymoon all over again (maybe down by the Seine). "Cleanup Time" is the disco number people tend to dislike, though I think its fairly enjoyable, though some of the lyrics took on a very ominous meaning with Lennon's murder. Likewise, no one can hear "Beautiful Boy" without feeling an incredible sense of loss. This is by far the finest song on the record, with "Watching The Wheels" coming in second. "Watching the Wheels" has Lennon's best vocal performance on the album. "Woman" is a fine song as well, though its production is a little too AOR for my taste. Many have commented that this is the most "Beatlesque" track, with its bouncy bassline, chiming chords, and vocal harmonies on the chorus, but it lacks the energy of even a slow Beatles track. Lyrically, I suppose its a commendable improvemnt from "Girl" and "Run For Your Life" though.

Rating: 4.0
May 11, 2004
20 years after its initial release, John Lennon's comeback release has finally been remastered with new liner notes, pictures, and bonus tracks. Sadly, this album will forever be known as Lennon's final official release. Critics over the years have panned this album as being "light-weight" compared to Lennon's harder-edged 70's releases. And having Yoko's contributions added to the release didn't help to gain any plus votes for "Double Fantasy" in the minds of record critics. But listening to this cd again proves that Lennon, along with Yoko, wrote some pretty solid pop songs that helped usher popular music into the 1980's. "Double Fantasy" kicks off with Lennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over". Ranking up there with some of the best pop songs that he performed with and without The Beatles, the song still sounds fresh and alive 20 years after it's initial release. Ironically, it's been discovered that McCartney's "Coming Up" inspired Lennon to write his own up-beat pop number. Besides writing about getting away with his wife on "Starting Over", Lennon writes plenty of material about his young son. "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" is the premier track on "Double Fantasy". Filled with calypso sounds that Lennon brought back with him from vacationing in caribbean, Lennon wrote the perfect lulaby song for his young son. Lennon reassures Sean that "the monster's gone, he's on the run, and your Daddy's here.". Instead of writing about "Revolution" and "The Luck of the Irish", Lennon's influence for songwriting was focused squarely in the home-front during these years. The swooping bass effect, played brilliantly by Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel), gives the song a perfect dream-like effect. While bluesy piano livens up the very popular "Watching the Wheels", I always felt that "Cleanup Time" is the most underrated song on the cd. "No friends and yet no enemies, absolutely free..." is the phrase that perfectly captures the Lennon's attitude at this stage of their lives. I'll go out on a limb here to say that I enjoy most of Yoko's contributions to "Double Fantasy". Her "new wave" approach to songwriting is a welcome contrast to the bright pop/rock of Lennon's tunes on the cd, and amazingly suited for the early 1980's. "Give Me Something" and "Kiss Kiss Kiss" are almost dead ringers for the B-52's. The musicians that the Lennons hired for this album play the new wave/punk roll just as well as the straight-ahead rock musicians for John's songs. Echo and feedback are heard on many of Yoko's songs here. Although I think that Yoko misses the mark on "Beautiful Boys" and "I'm Moving On", her strongest song on the release would be "I'm Your Angel". The jazzy/cocktail lounge effect here is a huge departure from the other tracks. The remastered "Double Fantasy" features three bonus tracks. Yoko's "Walking on Thin Ice" is a wild sonic assault for the ears. I'm reminded of Blondie while listening to it. This track is best known for being the final track that the Lennons were working on the night he was murdered. "Help Me to Help Myself" is a simple demo of John on the piano. The song comes off sounding more like a Billy Joel song than anything, and probably didn't fit in with the other songs on the album. Regardless, it's well-recorded and well performed by John. In many ways, I enjoy listening to Lennon's songs in their original forms. The Beatle's Anthologies and the John Lennon box set have other great examples of how effortlessly Lennon churned out classic tunes. It's a true shame that we missed out on two more decades of his creativity. I was 14 years old when "Double Fantasy" was orginally released. I was extrememly excited when it was originally released, and extremely crushed when Lennon was killed a few months later. I was always proud to have rock heroes like Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Pete Townshend. The improved sound quality and packaging is a great reason to re-discover this wonderful album.

Rating: 5.0
Apr 2, 2004
Joseph G. Obias
Double Fantasy is the magnum opus of John Lennon. Play it loud in the company of other friends... when someone pays no good response, stand quickly then proceed to the nearest exit. hee hee... that would be impossible. All love.

Rating: 5.0
Dec 25, 2003
Chopboy the shooting camera
You will definitely love this whole cd! Yoko has a beautiful voice and boy. This album alternates between John and then Yoko's song! You'll enjoy this! You'll kill yourself if you lost this cd! If you don't like this, your nuts!

Rating: 3.0
Dec 4, 2003
Nick W
Oh how the marketing men must have wept when the Lennons insisted on splitting this album between alternate John and Yoko cuts. Yet more commercial suicide from pop's oddest couple that was bound to alienate current fans and put off new ones thinking of taking a look at what all the fuss was about - doh! If nothing else the set-up of the project proved Lennon's clout in the music business was undiminished after five years of baking bread and that Yoko's influence was as strong as ever. Even persuading them to have a side each would have been something - but it wasn't meant to be. John's offerings range from the inspired - Woman, Watching the Wheels and I'm Losing You - to the downright banal - Cleanup Time has to rank as one of the few duffers in the Lennon songbook. Yoko's contributions are truly awful, unlistenable tosh that should be put in a sealed concrete box and jettisoned into deep space without delay. The cruel trick of alternate tracks would be repeated on Milk Honey. Take my advice - record Lennon's offerings from both and you have a reasonable late period Lennon album. Good but not great.

Rating: 5.0
Oct 22, 2003
John said it best, to the effect of: "Anybody that dosent understand why I'm with Yoko dosent know sh**." Her songs cant be mistaken for anything less than intense, namely "Kiss Kiss Kiss" and "Give me Something", while it gets no eerier than "Beautiful Boys" and no more playful and fun than "Yes I'm your angel". Its hard for someone who is just a beatle fan, I'm sure, to understand who Yoko Ono was...her perspective as such an incredibly witty and effective minimal artist, which was FOLLOWED by her meeting and collaboration with John Lennon. If you got her, you'd know why she was THE ONE for somebody like him, plain and simple. and then John's songs? Beautiful Boy? Just like Starting Over? Woman? Watching the Wheels?? Those are some of his CLASSICS. It suprises me to hear that anybody could disagree. This album is a FIVE all the way, a fine example of greatness which two human beings can be capable of. We all start out from scratch. Its never too late for YOU to do something

Rating: 4.0
Aug 18, 2003
Skeptics will tell you that this album only won the Grammy award due to Lennon's untimely death. However, I really would wonder if those same people could find me any album from that year with songs as flawless as Lennon's are here. Sure, I can speak for most of us in saying that we would have rather had a full album of John's tunes rather than one half filled with those of Yoko, but you have to remember that John is making an artistic point, showing that he is now back to his equal partnership with Yoko. After the lost weekend, he has re-realized his love for Yoko o("Woman"), has come to understand the place of fatherhood in his life ("Beautiful Boy") and is now back from his self imposed home life and is no longer "Watching the wheels go round". Just as Plastic Ono Band was arguably the greatest album ever that focused on a man confronting all of life's ills and troubles, this is arguably the only album that shows a man realizing his place in life. When it all comes down to it, it's the most beautiful, best produced album that Lennon would ever make. We couldn't have asked for a better goodbye present.

Rating: 5.0
Jun 1, 2003
Rene Butler
An album which displays two extremes of Music. The Yoko Ono songs can be best described as 'Experimental' though I prefer to use the word bizzare. Three of Lennon's songs, Starting Over, Woman and Watching the Wheels are unargubley three of the finest songs ever written. I don't say this lightly, I don't compliment easily. I think that Starting Over sets the tone for (the good half of)the album."It's kinda tonge in cheeck, ala Elvis" Lennon said in his final interview. What it has for me is spirit, emotion and vocal excellance. Personally it's my favorite song ever. There is no doubt in my mind that Lennon was at the peak of his career when he wrote it. As for Woman, well it's reflective of Lennon's respect for the female form, not nessicarly Yoko orientated, but I think that was the intention. The chorus is catchy, the vocal range proves that Lennon was a magical singer. Again it's the message of the song that almost makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, Lennon bearing his sole. Watching the Wheels is autobiographically brillant. A straight "There you go to the fans, thats what I've been doing".The drumming is sharp too. Darling Boy grows on you. McCartney said that it was his favourite Lennon solo song and I can see why. Basically the handfull of songs I have mentioned are so damn good that they carry it to the plato of 'An all time classic'. It would be interesting had it been minus the Mrs, but he loved her.

Rating: 4.5
Oct 23, 2002
deimon gurosu
I never planned to review this record but I'd thought I would chime in here about one of my favourite LPs, "DOUBLE FANTASY." In my opinion this is John's greatest solo effort as a whole, the sound is timeless especially condidering the period inwhich it was recorded. One exception to Lennon's usual excellent songcraft is "I'm Losing You." The vocals are tight enough, but the blues guitar is overbearing and dated. The only thing that saves that track is the mix into the one that follows: "I'm Moving On." It follows the same progression roughly, but somehow just seems much more exciting. Go to the lyrics page and read these, they are brilliant. John's words on the former are really generic. Everyone is probably familiar with "Beautiful Boy," (that Dick Dryfuss movie wrecked this one) "Watching the Wheels," and all... "Woman" is great, but the best tracks on this album are provided by Yoko Ono. Any lemming whom dismisses her efforts on this record a "laugh" should go ahead and jump. "Kiss Kiss Kiss" will delight any fan of new sounds like Le Tigre but they already know that and arn't living in the past beating off to some faint memory of an era they will never live in or be a part of. Lennon closed the beat and psychedelic era with this record, and Yoko Ono helped make it the first American PUNK lp to win a grammy for record of the year. She helped usher in an entire new age of music where woman don't just pount about and stroke their hair and guitars (if these fuck dolls can even play instruments). "I'm Your Angel" rocks, as does "Give me Something." John's freshest effort here is an ode to Yoko called "Dear Yoko." He had been a wonderful songwriter, but this one is really unique for him. Don't take my word on this LP, listen for yourself, and pick it up in the used bin on vinyl for $0.25 USD. People who buy CDs of records recorded BEFORE CDs were made available are a curiosity. With all that cash you could pick up a fine turntable and double your collection of music. Or just be a slave to convienience and click the link above.

Rating: 4.0
Oct 16, 2002
Andrew Bowman
Well, can I start by saying that this album doesn't work without the Yoko influenece. It could be said, and I'm saying it, that John spent the majority of the '70's trying to be Yoko Ono, and Yoko was doing the same, to better effect. If you listen to this album objectively, rather than with the grey cloud of John's murder hanging over it, you'll find that his songs aren't all that strong, whereas Yoko's are. Now, before someone e-mails me saying 'how dare you say John's songs were crap on DF', let me just say this: would you be praising this album that highly if he was still alive? Of course not, he had a lot more to offer, and he probably would have produced much better albums than this one, although it is fair to say it's his best album of the '80's. (Just Like) Starting Over peaked at number 8 in the UK, before John died. It then went right up to the number 1 slot. Draw your own conclusions. The song has a nice sentiment, and is pure Lennon, but he was still finding his feet after five years as a recluse. Now, I know that he was writing some of these songs during that period, but his studio technique was a bit rusty. Cleanup Time is perhaps the weakest track on the album (that and Yes, I'm Your Angel), but he tries to recapture some child-like innocence and fails. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) has a nice eastern tune, and a great lyric (Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans), but seems overly sentimental in some places. Watching The Wheels, wow. What a great song, Beatles for the '80's with a nice Mr Kite fairground ending. A classic. Now, the Piece de resistance, Woman. My second all time favourite Lennon tune, the first being Jealous Guy, and a promise of things to come. Ironic, isn't it? I'm Losing You is an attempt to sound angry again, but it's almost as if he's forgotten how. A good song by anyone else's standards, but it sounds like he's trying to reheat a bitter souffle. Dear Yoko is a rollicking tune with a nice heartfelt sentiment, and the last Lennon track on the album, which kind of makes it more profound. John's contributins are good, but not as good as they could be. Right, Yoko's tracks. (What? The bitter and twisted widow is getting a review on John's page? Quick, burn him at the stake!)Now, before everyone goes off half-cocked, let's look at her contributions. Kiss Kiss Kiss is a very strong tune, perhaps marred by the orgasmic (yes, she is having one) climax, but that only adds to it's interest. Give Me Something is a strong track which could probably be released as a remix (as Open Your Box was). It would certainly be interesting. Yes, I'm Your Angel has an incredibly scenic opening, and it seems that Wham nicked the idea for Club Tropicana, so influential if nothing else. Beatiful Boys has all the sentiment a loving wife and mother should have, so if anyone doubts her feelings for John, just listen to this. It also mentions his age, as if she was looking forward to growing old with him. (so any conspiracy theories at this point can fly out of the window). Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him, a duet btween man and wife. What's wrong with that? The song itself isn't that strong, but the sentiment, i feel anyway, is genuine. Hard Tims Are Over, what a way to end this album. Am I the only one who understands the profoundness of this song in retrospect? At the time, obviously to end one chapter with a brighter outlook to the future, but now...

Rating: 3.0
Oct 7, 2002
I got this album from the library since I have Lennon Legend and the John Lennon Collection and I was afraid of Yoko's songs. John's songs are all good but Yoko's all suck. The album has a good start with John's #1 hit "(Just Like)Starting Over". Great 50's sounding song. The next song "Kiss, Kiss, Kiss" is good for a laugh. I was laughing so hard at this one. This song is horrible but funny and probably Yoko's best on the album. After that funny song there's "Cleanup Time". I was happy to see that there was one John song I didn't know off here. Good song, nice lyrics. "Give Me Something" is horrible but hilarious. "I'm Losing You" is a good song too. I like it. "I'm Moving On" sucks. Next there's "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)". I was never a big fan of this song but I'll take it over Yoko! "Watching The Wheels" has some very nice vocals and lyrics. I didn't like this song at first but I heard it later again and now I like it. "Yes, I'm Your Angel" is atrocious. "Woman" is my favorite John Lennon song. Nice and sweet lyrics. "Beautiful Boys" is pure crap. "Dear Yoko" has the cool music. The music makes this song! I don't like "Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him". "Hard Times Are Over" is the worst of Yoko's. Bad, bad, bad song. This album is good but would be better without Yoko's songs and her screaming in them.

Rating: 2.0
Sep 11, 2002
David Moses
It is such a shame I have had to give this album a bad rating, since I think that Lennon was writing some of the best songs he had in a long time. Yet the album must be taken on its own merits, and it is quite simply, poor. Yoko Ono may be a conceptual artist. I also think she has received unfair treatment in her role in splitting up the beatles. I think she actually had no role. But she is not a musician, and is certainly not a singer. All her tracks on here are absolute rubbish. She sings off key and the songs are laughable. 'Kiss kiss kiss' has the worst set of lyrics I have ever heard, and the melody is laughably simple. Her orgasm at the end is something I don't want to know about. If she wants to record nonsense like this, she should do it on her own, not pollute Lennon's solo albums. Her other contributions are just as bad, verging from her terrible versions of punk music, to her grating ballads. The only one that does not get a '0' is 'Every man has a woman who loves him', but with John singing NOT her. Lennon's efforts are OK. 'Clean up time' is rubbish and forgetful, and sounds like a rewrite of 'cry baby cry', lyrically and musically. 'I'm Losing you' sounds like Lennon has harked back to his older, more aggressive material, another definite miss. 'Dear Yoko' is all right but just so shallow. But the others are really good. 'Watching the wheels' has a nice piano line, reminiscent of 'Imagine', just slightly funkier. A good melody for this one. 'Beautiful boy' is also good, with subtle carribean sounds. But 'Woman' is the best. Rich musically, a lovely melody,and Lennon singing is with passion. Yes, he was writing about himself, but others can identify with this track, unlike '|Dear Yoko'. 'Just like starting over' is a great opening to an album, and Lennon makes a good impression of Elvis. A very strong song, and catchy. A couple of conmments about 'milk and honey' here. Yoko's tracks are laughable again. 'O'sanity' is simply terrible, Ono is so out of key, a dog would howl. But John's songs are all good, if under produced, but this must be because there was not enough time to go back and improve upon things. The only bummer is 'I don't wanna face it'. 'Forgive me' is a lovely ballad and 'grow old with me' has the best lyrics lennon ever wrote and the most honest. This would be a heart wrenching song even if Lennon had not been shot. A beautiful song. With some programming, double fantasy can be altered to sound asit should have, since John wrote enough songs in this period to have an amazing album. The track listing should have been as follows:- 1) Just like starting over 2) I'm stepping out 3) Watching the wheels 4) Real love 5) Nobody told me 6) Now and then ....(I really love the demo of this song.) 7) Forgive me (My little flower princess) 8) Beautiful boy (darling boy) 9) Borrowed time 10)Free as a bird 11)Woman 12)Grow old with me What an album that would have been! I think I'll re-programme it now.

Rating: 3.5
May 12, 2002
Having rested for five years, Lennon sounds very refreshed on this album, and it pays off, as it contains some of his finest work musically. My favourite on this one is Watching The Wheels, as to me, it embodies the whole spirit of what Lennon was about - looking at the world from an outside view - although I have read that it was in fact about his five-year hiatus. (Just Like) Starting Over is equally as good, I might add, a very bluesy song that Lennon himself said was a tip of the hat to the old days (or something like that), and it is fun - pure escapism, I defy anybody not to like this song! In fact, all of John's songs on it (half of the material is Yoko's), are very clever musically for various reasons. Woman, for instance, is a fairly straight love song, but given the Lennon touch, it excels itself into something very moving. Dear Yoko is more on the "just-for fun" side, but still has its moments with an instantly hummable melody line. Maybe not quite one of his standout songs, but more than good enough. The real emotional star of this album, though, is "Beautiful Boy" - written for his son Sean, this is a tender lullaby. As a rule, I don't generally like lullabies, but again, it's all in the melody line. And this one's is irresitsible. The line "I can hardly wait to see you come of age" always makes me well up for obvious reasons. Certainly, this is a refreshed John Lennon, making great music once again. My only complaint about this album is that Yoko's songs "lose something in the translation"; I suspect some or all of them were originally written in Japanese - notably in the song "I'm Moving On"; the line, "you're getting phoney" in particular doesn't fit. Either that, or "anything for a rhyme", as in the song "Walking On Thin Ice" - walking on thin ice, I'm paying the price for rolling the dice . . . hmm. The most interesting of Yoko's songs on here is "Beautiful Boys" - about John and Sean together, comparing them. It still doesn't have the same edge as John's songs, but it's well worth a listen. To sum up, then, this is a good album. It has plenty of interesting moments on it, and is "worth the wait". It's not my favourite of Lennon's albums by any means, but he's never sounded better. Good work!

Rating: 5.0
Mar 16, 2002
I'm going to give "Double Fantasy" 5 Stars because I have enjoyed and loved the songs on this record for a very long time, and play it more than any of John's other albums. That isn't saying that his other albums aren't up to par- not at all. POB, "Imagine", and "Walls and Bridges" are fantastic records that I thoroughly love and enjoy (POB being, imo, the closest thing to a masterpiece I own). Its just that, honestly, I love all of John's songs on "Double Fantasy" a little more than the ones on these other records. When I hear this record, I hear a man who is relatively happy. Not perfectly happy, mind you, but somewhat content with his life. And these songs are so uplifting. I was actually listening to some of Paul McCartney's music today- because its been very common for people to compare John's songs on DF to McCartney's music in general- and its happy stuff, but not meaningful in any way. John's songs on this record are. Even the weakest song, "Dear Yoko" (which, for some reason, my brother feels is the best song John Lennon ever wrote...he's a little, well..I'll be nice) tells a story about a man who really ADORES his wife. I mean, he sounds a little obsessed here, but nobody knows how much Yoko really did do for John. He was, for many years, one of the most popular, most beloved, most wanted (by women) men in the world. He was also a highly prolific, exceptionally creative and innovative song-creator,poet, and author, and this was all before he was what? 30? So his life was really, as he said, "like being in the eye of a hurricane." He may have loved it initially, but it was really a little difficult to adore all the adulation later on, and he was getting tired of it. So Yoko came around and gave him a reason to go on and gave him reassurance and confidence. I know most people detest this woman, but I respect her for the fact that she truly was a vital person in John's life, and he REALLY, REALLY loved her. So "Dear Yoko" tells that story, about their relationship. The man was learning to become so selfless that he didn't care if songs like "Woman" (which I love to death so much that most of my friends know the song by heart) was basically telling the story of a guy who is really dependent on his wife/lover for his sanity. I think it is a beautiful masterpiece, and very important because it shows how truly important WOMEN are for MEN (not visa versa, as this male-dominated world would like to think). It is one of those songs I knew before I knew who John Lennon was. I was 3 when I heard "Woman", "Beautiful Boy", and "Watching the Wheels" played on the radio constantly. That was, what...'84? Anyway, these songs are clear and show a PERSONAL growth of John Lennon the MAN. It seems that he was really getting his life together. And-contrary to what I have read from some people- he was beginning to get very close to his son Julian. It meant a lot to him to have his family together, and for all he may have said, he was truthfully very guilty over his neglect of his son. Recently, Julian has seemed to become very bitter towards his father. But I think its more of him being bitter at YOKO for being greedy and stingy towards him with John's money and valuables, than really at his dad. If you look at the many years after John's death, Julian didn't deny he wasn't very close to his dad, but he never said his father was an awful person. He had great memories of them together, and he spoke of those. Now he acts like he never saw the man once. There's something deeper to it all, but I honestly feel bad for Julian and like him very much. Its terible that when him and his dad were becoming so close that monster of a cow had to take him away. I got a little carried away, but anyway, this album is truthfully terrific. You have to be touched by John's music, his voice, and the energy he puts into creating these songs. One great tune is "I'm Losing You", which is obviously directed at Yoko, since they didn't really have that pie-in-the-sky relationship most would like to believe. It is definitely, with out question, the most bitter song he ever sang to Yoko. And it is perfectly connected with "I'm Moving On", Yoko's best tune on the record. These two songs together are unbelievable, and very underrated. I could hear them played on the radio nowadays, and I believe they would both be hits. I love this album and think it was a beautiful record about a marriage and family that wasn't perfect, but trying to be together and dealing with their personal frustrations and emotions as best they could. The music is great, the production is slick but very powerful, and I think almost every song by John on here became a hit. Except "Losing You" (although I remember it being played quite a bit in the late 80s, early 90s) and "Cleanup Time" (I'm not counting "Dear Yoko" because, well, it just doesn't peak up there in the "hit" topic), which are two of the strongest-if not THE strongest- songs on the albums. I couldn't be bothered with hits many have NSYNC had? But these songs deserve it. Every one of them. They are wonderful tunes, and this is a beautiful album. I didn't rate Yoko, except for "Moving On," but she wrote some good stuff on here- most notably "Walking on Thin Ice." But isn't that sad? Didn't John play lead guitar and produce that (Yoko's biggest hit) on December 8, 1980? Its a little hard to listen to, actually, and makes me very, very sad. What a great loss. But, as Johnny once said, "we all shine on," and that can definitely be said about Mr. Lennon. For sure.

Rating: 3.0
Mar 11, 2002
Hector Roddan
When I first heard this album, I got the feeling that Yoko had only let John go back into making music if she came to, and this certainly the case on his first (and last) comeback album. Apologies to people because I only have the new release CD, which has a lot of non original album material on it. 'Kiss Kiss Kiss' always make me feel 'no no no', the horrid high notes and pointless repetitive lyrics have the effect of deadening enthusiasm for the album. The album improves with 'Cleanup Time', a slightly nonsensical cheery song about John and Yoko's love for each other and how while he's been at home,s he's been working ('the queen was in the counting house, the king was in the kitchen, making bread and honey'). The sterength of the previous track is undermined by 'Give me something' which makes me think if thats how your going to ask, dont bother. 'Im losing you' is the most curious song on the album, is it: to Yoko, is it to May Pang (who he visited that year) or is it his desire to return to Cynthia and his english family, who he had written to saying he was coming home. 'Im Moving On' is the most unusual Yoko track on the album, it seems to express a desire to leave John (perhaps she would have done) or more likely, it is about John's 'lost weekend' where she started to move on, then realised that her and John were so close, they could never be apart. 'Beautiful Boy' is John's song about Sean. 'watching the wheels' is an autobiographical song about John stopping working and not making music. I have never got through 'yes Im your angel' without screaming with frustration at the pathetic lyrics and orchestration, another song which makes me think, if that's your angel, maybe satanism is the way for you! The album reaches its high point with 'Woman' - a song not simply about Yoko, but about all the women John had known, (though the song is mainly to Yoko, May and Cynthia are mentioned 'I never meant to cause you sorrow or pain') perhaps John was at last realising how cruel he had been to all the women in his life. 'Beautiful Boys' is another Ono classic, written in answer to John's 'Beautiful Boy' about Sean, Yoko expresses her love for Sean and John. The album nose dives from this point on, with the pointless lyrics and schreeching music of 'Dear Yoko' through the slightly repetitive and pointless 'Every man has a woman who loves him', past 'Hard times are over' which harks back to 'How' on Imagine and into 'Help Me to help myself' a slight improvement on the rest, t he album ends on the way up with 'Walking on Thin Ice' and the dialogue 'Central Park stroll' which suggests that John would have continued making music because he had realised what it was like to be 'just two ordinary people'. Whenever I hear 'Watching the Wheels' Ialways ask why John couldnt have continued making music throughout the late 70s becuase then there would be more great music, and ask why on earth anyone could want to and kill such a brilliant musician and such an original mind.

Rating: 5.0
Dec 10, 2001
Joe H.
This album is so amazing that it makes me sad. Not because the songs are sad, but because Lennon comes up with his best solo album to date after years of being idle in the music world and he is viciously gunned down months after (before? I forget) this albums release. The biggest tragedy ever if you ask me. Songs like "Woman", and "Beautiful Boy" are incredibly beautiful songs which personally, for me at least, rank up there with the best of Lennon's songs with The Beatles. "Watching The Wheels" (i think the acoustic demo is a bit more superior though, i guess something about that whimsical, underproduced quality to it makes it special for me), "Just Like Starting Over", "Cleanup Time" are really jovial, optimistic songs which make me even sadder then those aforementioned ballads, reason being is that you can tell Lennon had a whole new optimistic outlook on life, including his music, or politics of the upcoming new decade (1980's). The Yoko songs honestly do not do anything for me though. A few songs that escape me right now are not bad, but for the most part, these Lennon compositions overshadow them to the point where you have the urge to ignore them. Im not gonna give this album a low rating just because of that though, so the 5 it remains!

Rating: 3.0
Apr 15, 2001
Bart Williams
Double Fantasy (1980) was John Lennon's first album of completely new material for six years. In 1975, his second son, Sean, was born and he would go into hiding for five years until eventually returning to the studio with Yoko. That is the first thing that has to be remembered about Double Fantasy, it is A John and Yoko collection, not a solo collection from the former Beatle. The music on this 'comeback' album is quite inconsistent. Those hoping for a political or angry record will feel disapointed as the tracks feature Lennon and Yoko singing about their relationship and their son. With this record, there is a danger to be over-critical of Yoko's contributions, but there is no doubt that her songs on this album are some of her best ever and are a far cry from the avant-garde rubbish produced in the 60s. The record starts off with Lennon's excellent (Just Like) Starting Over which is an almost 50s-like pastiche. The second track happens to be one of Yoko's worst efforts (the exremely repetitive Kiss Kiss Kiss) , but she manages to gain back some respect from the listener with the far more listanable I'm Moving On, but manages to test patience again with the mundane Yes I'm Your Angel. Cleanup Time (Lennon) is a banal tribute to staying at home and looking after the kid. It is tarted up with trumpets and a few lame guitar pieces, making it even less memborable. I'm Losing You (the ex-Beatle again) is a generally decent piece of work but sounds a bit over-produced, and would have sounded better with more of an emphasis on the guitar pieces. However, Lennon is definitley on form with Woman and Watching the Wheels, the latter is an excellently reflective song whereas the former is one of Lennon's best love songs since the early 70s. Although very sentimental Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) is a decent enough song, and deserves to be on any Lennon best of collection. His final song, Dear Yoko, is a baffingly poor song, and is also bound to make even the most stringent Lennon fan laugh, lyrically though, he definitely meant it. One of Yoko's best songs is Every Man Has A Woman and if you own the digitally re-mastered version (2000), Walking On Thin Ice (a modern and popular dance pastiche). Double Fantasy will remain unsatisfying for a Lennon fan who thought his best album was, say, Plastic Ono Band. But is a thoughtful and for the most part, an auto-biographical record which says a lot about John and Yoko's life together.

Rating: 4.0
Nov 22, 2000
laurie marks
The world waited nearly five years for the voice of Lennon to re-emerge, and the 7 tracks on this album were well worth the wait. Lennon ensured that the songs were all polished, perhaps fearful that any half-arsed effort would be pilloried by the critics. The opening track and single, "Starting Over", is a song that has lost none of its freshness and verve 20 years on. Lennon's vocal captures all the warmth and charm he could muster and the break into the song's middle eight "why don't we ..." is a magic moment in his repertoire. The ballads "Woman" and "Beautiful Boy" are skillfully written and performed, the former so well presented that it overcomes what could be seen on one level as lyrics that are embarrassing at the extent to which they crave acceptance form the "woman" in becoming a classic pop song, the latter one of the best moments on any Lennon album with its depth of sincerity and lack of cloying on a lyrical content that woiuld take real skill to avoid being cloying. "Dear Yoko" is like its cousin from 1971 "Oh Yoko", a great personal love song which with a different title lyric could be a far more widely accepted song. Unfortuinately, it carries too much Yoko baggage with it to ever reach the heights eg. a song like "Woman" could reach, even when their subject is the same. "Watching the Wheels" is another priceless Lennon ballad, a song that helps you to increase appreciation at Lennon's ability to look objectively at himself while simultaneously crafting lyrics with general appeal and music, which like his best Beatles output, is simple yet attractive. The other 2 tracks, "I'm Losing You" and "Clean-Up Time" are strong filler tracks which appeal upon repeated listening. Unfortunately, the musical ability of Yoko had not improved upon her exile from pop music, and like it or not, she only got the gig for the same reason Linda played keyboards in Wings. Her vocals rate high on the cringe-o-meter as per usual. The best song of hers, "I'm An Angel", sounds awfully like the old track "Making Whoopee" musically and like the balance of her material, has lyrics which range from banal to not fitting into the music. Lennon enthused about "Kiss Kiss Kiss" but I am yet to see anyone else define it as a turning point in modern music. Even the high production standards cannot hide the amateurish sound of her seven songs. Anyone starting off a career of songwriting would have no chance of scoring a contract to release some of this material, even allowing for the parts where Lennon apparently helped out. The net result is Yoko's seven tracks take the gloss of Lennon's seven tracks, leaving behind an album that is, by numerical definition anyway, only half-decent. The better part overshadows the poorer half to justify a higher rating. Without wanting to indulge in a Yoko-bash (since it is her musical ability only that leaves me baffled here), I have simply taped off the seven Lennon tracks and combined them with his half of the Milk And Honey album (from the same sessions) to produce a tape of a complete Lennon album from 1980 that makes for excellent listening. Having said that, as a group there is no doubt that seven of the best ten Lennon tracks from those sessions are to be found on Double Fantasy, even if "Nobody Told Me", "Stepping Out" and a finalised "Grow Old With Me" could easily pass muster on his last pre-posthumous release. The final reflection on this album is this - its quality is only enhanced by the tragic circumstances of Lennon's death which never quite escapes your attention whenever listening to the tracks. It leaves the question of 'what might have been' hanging in its most poignant meaning.

Rating: 3.5
Feb 11, 2000
History is a funny thing. Certain events have different resonance in hindsight than they might have on initial impact. Such is the case with Double Fantasy; I'd venture most people didn't get to hear this album until after John was dead, by which time he'd been elevated to messianic status. Nonetheless I do remember hearing Starting Over on its first airplay on the radio, and I couldn't wait to get the 45, which I nearly wore out the first day. The flip, Kiss Kiss Kiss, mystified me; here we have Yoko yelling about something for 2 minutes, then we have TWO Yokos climaxing in stereo. Clean Up Time helps with the househusband mythology, plus its a kick to have the Lewis Carroll references after all those years. Give Me Something, like most of Yoko's tunes on this LP, dated back to the Lost Weekend; this one is mercifully short, but displays her influence on punk bands, which some think is a good thing. I'm Losing You is incredibly real and aching, segueing neatly into Yoko's I'm Moving On response; this pairing made people again look at the cover photo where the kiss seems so genuine. Alomst as genuine as the love song to Sean in Beautiful Boy. Side 2 starts with Watching The Wheels, with its jaunty piano. There's a slight air of melancholy while John's telling how happy he's been "no longer riding on the merry go round." I'm Your Angel would have been mostly harmless had it not been Making Whoopee with different lyrics. Woman was a perfect choice for the next single, chiming guitars and all. Beautiful Boys (Yoko's title is in the plural) is a scary little number most likely written as a response to John's other song. Dear Yoko is essential to the story, but inneffective and embarrassing as a song, to the point where the last 2 songs, both Yoko's, are superior. At the time Double Fantasy was nice to have, and certainly not awful, but just pleasant in the same way as the Mid Games LP. At the time we assumed there would be lots more now that John was back, so we were willing to wait. But life is what happens to you while you';re busy making other plans. Double Fantasy's place in history is chained to the events soon after its release, to the point where musically it's more interesting to hear what else he'd left in the can, as heard on the Anthology box. The LENNON box puts all of John's 1980 songs together without Yoko's responses, and is the preferred way to take them in.

Rating: 4.5
Dec 2, 1999
The album " Double Fantasy " marked the commercially artistic return of John Lennon & Yoko Ono to the music scene after a five year hiatus. This album is the most positive recording of Lennon's post Beatles career. Yoko's songs are great in their own right, she's no Olivia Newton-John as a vocalist. John went back to his rock-n-roll roots on this album with " Just Like(Starting Over). " John's love song for Yoko in " Woman " his son Sean " Beautiful Boy " & " Watching The Wheels, I'm Losing You " is John being his most meloncholy, mature & sarcastic. I think the album represents a commercial artistic statement of hope, love & peace that John & Yoko wanted to share with the public & the fans. The album is the final record John Lennon recorded when he was alive & that makes it important as a closing on the Lennon legacy.

Rating: 3.0
Jan 2, 1999
Howard Sauertieg
John and Yoko put together a clever concept album with Double Fantasy, but the message was overshadowed by Lennon's subsequent death. Side A could well be a short form of J&Y's relationship up to 1980 - the themes go vaguely from Happy in Love to Breaking Up to Reunited with Baby Sean. Side B takes place in the present(1980): John Watching the Wheels, Yoko writing benign and hopeful songs for her husband and herself. Lots of people complain about Yoko's presence, but without her contributions Double Fantasy would be an unspectacular Lennon album... "Woman" is lovely but arranged according to the standard of AOR rock ballads - note the key change on the repeat of the chorus, a tactic employed by musicians from Journey to Barry Manilow, used to create a false sense of elevation. "Cleanup Time" and "Dear Yoko" are competent but forgettable (compare with "Cold Turkey" and "Oh Yoko"). Still Double Fantasy is a strong album, more purposeful than Mind Games or Walls and Bridges. Too bad Lennnon couldn't have hung around to enjoy the Classic Rock revival of the 1980s.

Rating: 5.0
Nov 8, 1998
Nathaniel C. Otte-The biggest Lennon fan
This album is incredible. I was ten at the time and already had the John Lennon Collection, and wanted to add Double Fantasy to my collection. When I finally bought it, I would listen to it endlessly, straight through. This was at the time, and probably still is, my favorite album. As it turned out, the only of John's song on there I did not know was "Cleanup Time," which became my favorite song off this album. Double Fantasy also shows that Yoko has a special talent for writing good lyrics. One of my favorite songs on here is "Beautiful Boys." She gets very poetic while also giving a clue who she is speaking to (John and Sean). I think that "Beautiful Boys" should have been released as a double A-sided single with John's "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)" because they are so closely related in more than just their titles. This album may also bring tears to one's eyes, because one can tell that John's mood is a happy one, one can hear it in his voice and in his lyrics. I feel that if John's music career had to end for good, this album is a great way to end it. Still, it would have been better if John had lived.

Rating: 3.5
Sep 28, 1998
soop dog
Even if you're not a Yoko fan, you may be surprised by her work on "Double Fantasy". She turns in two of her best performances ever on this album. Those two tracks are "Kiss, Kiss, Kiss" and "Give Me Something". On these two, her lyrics are clever, the musicianship is good and her singing style actually fits the songs. Of course, the rest of her songs border along the nails on chalkboard and stuck car alarm state line. On the other hand, John's songs are nearly all strong and Jack Douglas' production gives John's music a sound that was contemporary at the time and still stands up today. The only complaint that can be made about John's songs is that he once again chose to employ technically gifted but soul-less studio musicians. At one point, Rick Nielsen and Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick were brought in to liven up the sessions and frankly, these two spirited and honest rockers should have been allowed to play on the whole record. Still, overall, the record is a good one and recommended to anyone who is just a bit more than casually into Lennon. Also, this album gives evidence that John Lennon's murder is a hoax. Listen to "Kiss Kiss Kiss" backwards. You'll hear Yoko saying "I shot John Lennon". Hmmmm.........

Rating: 3.0
Mar 6, 1998
matthew eley
However highly I rate John's songs on this album I can only give a mark of three out of five. The reason for this is simple, Yoko's moronic screaching ruins what could have been a great comeback record. I concede that Yoko was the 'Woman' that John needed to find inner peace, but did she really need to sing on this album. Some of Yoko's artistic work, Grapefruit, was truly comendable, but lets be honest the girl can't sing. On a more positive note, John exhibits his inner peace in tracks such as the jovial 'Starting Over' and my personnal favourite 'Watching the Wheels'. The most haunting aspect of the album is in 'Bueatiful Boy', at the end John whispers, "Goodnight Shaun, see you in the morning", sadly that is no longer possible.

Rating: 5.0
Feb 13, 1998
Christopher L. Tower
Double Fantasy is a terrific album. The music is upbeat and the lyrics are honest. Yoko's songs fit very nicely around John's which allows me to listen to the whole album. Lyric wise this album is spooky considering John's death. It sounds as if he had come to terms with his feelings for himself and his relationships with Yoko and Sean. I'm glad he did! Musically, John reverts back to his Beatle period giving this album a more commercial sound. Some of the reviewers on this page think the music is to Beatlely and lacks his early 70's bite but John had grown up and was feeling better about his life. Are we not entitled to grow and to change? It's funny how the ex-Beatles get slammed for sounding like The Beatles when the sound belongs to them. Who doesn't want to hear more Beatlesque music, especially from The Beatles themselves? I'm not going to pick out my favorites on Double Fantasy because they are all great but I will say, "Cleanup Time" has gone unnoticed. What's up with that? Who knows what John would have done musically these last 17 years? Maybe he would've knocked Paul off the charts for good? Anyway, if you haven't really listened to Double Fantasy, you should. Double your pleasure, double your fun, Double Fantasy is for everyone!

Rating: 5.0
Feb 9, 1998
Double Fantasy is and always will be fantastic. The album represents a time in John and Yoko's life when things were going great. The album was never meant to be depressing but I think that some how it ended up that way. Just listen to the lyrics in each song and you'll know what I mean. I would recomend this album to anyone. Although I can't imagine anyone not owning it.

Rating: 5.0
Jan 27, 1998
Bill S.
My friends gave me this album for my 32nd birthday. They knew I liked the Beatles so much that they gave me the record as soon as it was released, two weeks or so before my birthday, December 11, 1980, and about a week before John was murdered. Enough time to realize that Lennon was still capable of communicating to and for me. As I played the Lennon tracks through for the first time, I was pleased to find the strong Beatle alchemy firmly in place: memorable melody and crisp lyric perfectly matched to produce mood and message. Beatle music by only one Beatle! But with a difference, age and fatherhood must have mellowed Lennon's caustic tendencies the way the playful McCartney once had. Never content to merely entertain like McCartney, Lennon had many interesting things yet to say and, in Double Fantasy, he said them well. John was maturing and it pleased me to know he would be around, as poet, to articulate the pleasures and pains of growing older. As I mentioned above, I only had a week to savor a future enriched by John Lennon's take on the world. So sad ...

Rating: 5.0
Jan 16, 1998
Well, it seems John has lost his edge with this album, but the songs are still very enjoyable. For the first time in quite a few years, John seems content and displays a joyous and melodic sense of optimism. The only song on the album that suggests John hasn't lost his bitterness is "I'm Losing You" which is John's last great rock song in my opinion (save the brilliant "Nobody Told Me"). The rest of the songs are semi-adult contemporary, smooth, yet beautiful, and a joy to listen to. Yoko's half of the album isn't bad, and it is far better than her half of the (forthcoming) "Milk and Honey" album. "Kiss Kiss Kiss" and "Yes, I'm Your Angel" are two of her more interesting tracks. Double Fantasy is one of the most timeless (and one of the most important) albums ever made. After five years, we finally discover much of what was going through the minds of John and Yoko. Having been released so close to John's untimely death, it resembles the end of an era, and the last breath of innocence for a generation about to succumb to the vulnerability of the 80's. It's one of John's greatest efforts and I give it a 5.

Rating: 4.0
Dec 7, 1997
K David
A lovely album, Lennon's maturity can be detected throughout, as he avoids the raunchier themes of his earlier works. Yoko's contributions are to be greeted with mixed feelings, but it will be remembered as a 'Lennon' album. '(Just Like) Starting Over' is a Lennon classic, 'Woman', and 'Beautiful Boy' are also pleasing additions. When one listens to it though, one can't help but think of the fate that awaited Lennon just months after it's release.

Rating: 4.5
Nov 28, 1997
A great album. My personal favorite song on it, "I'm Losing You," (anybody have a tab for it? I've been looking for days) has a great guitar part and a wonderful tone to the voice. Yoko's songs can get very annoying, but they can be fun to listen for laughs, especially ones like "Give Me Something," and "Kiss Kiss Kiss." The semi-medley of "I'm Losing You" and "I'm Moving On" fits together perfectly. It's hard to find songs that fit together that well. "(Just Like) Starting Over" fits the husband/wife collaboration well. "Cleanup Time" has some great vocals by John in the chorus and a good guitar part too. The one song that particularly lowers the album at all is Yoko's "Yes I'm Your Angel." It sounds like a cover off a Disney soundtrack. Overall, John's half off the album is great and Yoko's is... interesting. It makes a good contrast.

Rating: 3.5
Nov 21, 1997
Fredrik Kinbom
John Lennon´s half of this album would deserve 5 apples, but then there´s Yoko Onos half... (I must admit, though, that Yoko is doing a lot better here than other work I´ve heard by her - all the same: Program your CD-player so that you only get the Lennon tunes). "Double Fantasy" contains some truly great songs, such as "Woman" and "Watching The Weels". "(Just Like) Starting Over" is also a great, well known tune. John Lennon was definitely fit for fight in 1980. It´s so terribly sad that he got shot!

Rating: 4.5
Sep 20, 1997
Plasticine Porter
Double Fantasy is one of John and Yoko's finest works together for one reason: The album is more than just music, but a glimpse into their lives and emotions. Alright, I will detract from the album for a bit. The songs are a bit unpolished, as per the white album, and Yoko's singing ability is what I would refer to as less than great. Still, the lyrics and feelings behind the songs more than justify the roughness of Double Fantasy, and the work and parts of themselves that both John and Yoko contributed are totally noteworthy. Another thing that makes Double Fantasy special is that it was John's last. All in all, double fantasy rates just under excellent, a 4.5.

Rating: 5.0
Sep 5, 1997
The Eggman
What a remarkable album. I was most pleased with every track on the record from beginning to end. Musically, its polished, it can't get any better. Lyrically its Lennon at his sharpest, and obviously his happiest. My favorites on the record are 'Clean up Time' (Because it sounds like a funky 70's kind of disco song), I also like the medley " I'm Losing You / I'm Moving On', that song just rocks. What surprises me most about the record is Yoko's material. Its pretty good. 'Kiss, Kiss, Kiss' is in my opinion a brilliant recording and if I do say so myself its way ahead if Its ahead of its time (Sort of a intro to the 80's electronic music era). Yoko is her best on 'I'm Moving On', which only goes to show you that she can Rock and Roll, and do a decent job if the right effort is put into it. Overall, I can't offer any negative comments, because surprisingly enough its perfect!

Rating: 5.0
Aug 11, 1997
Jim Jacobs
What a comeback album this was for John! It's ashame that he was unable to enjoy the fruits of his labor due to the untimely events that happened shortly thereafter. That is subject I do not like to discuss. Double Fantasy was the first new album from John since 1975. After a five year hiatus from recording in which John became a house husband who took care of his son Sean exclusively, baked bread & toured the world. At last John seemed to be at peace & content with himself & it also looked like he was able to come to terms with his Beatle/ex Beatle status. All tracks by John are excellent so I will not cite any of them since they all speak for themselves. The only comment I will make about them is that they are all autobiographical in that they describe what went on in Johns life from 1975 to 1980. Watching The Wheels is a perfect example of that. Even the Yoko tracks are of good quality one especially-Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him. Yoko's tracks finally got good reviews from the critics who would always pan her music with it's avant garde themes. This album was a stepping stone for Yoko & the beginning of her emergence as a good quality artist capable of releasing material that is pleasant to listen to. Collectors note: After John's assasination, when the albums completely sold out, the demand for it was so high that record printers were working on overdrive to meet the demand. This resulted with a bunch of severly warped albums that arrived in the stores & rendered most of them unplayable as the vinyl did not have enough time to cure! Double Fantasy was also issued in the form of a Super Disc half speed master. That copy contained a poster that the original did not have. The only other half speed master was Imagine.

Rating: 4.5
Jul 20, 1997
NKC Chris
By 1980, John Lennon had finally been able to take some time off to spend with his wife and son. But his five year withdrawl from music created a void for him. Fortunately, it also gave him a knew way of looking at things. He could sing as someone who had made it through the sixties and seventies, and had survived. Now a content John Lennon was ready to record again. This mentality is what makes Double Fantasy my favorite album. John's new approach helped to create such songs as (Just Like) Starting Over, and Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy). Written in a unique dialogue form, Double Fantasy allows the listener to hear John Lennon and Yoko Ono sing about their love for each other, occassional anger at each other, and finally acceptance of each other. But the most moving song was written for their then four year old son, Sean. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) is clearly sung from the perspective of a loving parent, telling his son that everything is alright, and he will be there for him. The same can be said on Yoko's part, singing Beautiful Boys. Overall, this album was well written, well performed, and is a tribute to one of the greatest minds the music world has ever seen.

Rating: 3.5
Jun 23, 1997
Glenn P. Doyle
Just like every album of John Lennon's, 'Double Fantasy' can at times be deceptive, depending on the context in which one imagines John is writing at the time. It's easy to listen to songs like 'Starting Over' and 'Beautiful Boy' and think that the album was written and recorded at a time when John was at peace with himself, his marriage, and the universe, but a closer look at some of the tracks and what's known (or what's been written, rather, by the likes of Fred Seaman and Albert Goldman) about John's life at that time reveal 'Double Fantasy' to be, in essence, a kind of self-inflicted therapy designed to escape a life of boredom, restlessness, and dissatisfaction. 'Starting Over,' while a catchy tune that harkens back to John's early days as an Elvis disciple, describes a desire to repair a marriage that's lost it's zing due to time and detachment; 'I'm Losing You' is a hard-edged piece infused with Lennon's characteristic clenched-fist, teeth-gritting honesty and was written out of his frustration with Yoko's increasing detachment from him and their marriage in late '79. This frustration rears it's head again in the more upbeat 'Dear Yoko;' John's doing his best to maintain Yoko's attention and affection, he really does love her, and would she please just spend a little time with him, love him a little like she used to (" time you're here, don't sell a cow, spend some time with me and Sean...")? ('Dear Yoko,' incidentally, is often dismissed as fluff pop due to it's almost mechanized poppy beat and tame guitar work; while it's true that the song isn't exactly 'Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey' in terms of guitar ingenuity or the intensity of the percussion, it's still a very fun, very rockable song played at appropriate volume.) The two real masterpieces on the album are 'Beautiful Boy' and 'Watching the Wheels;' both are wonderfully written musically, and showcase the facility with words that made Lennon a songwriting legend while with the Beatles ("Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans," John sings in 'Beautiful Boy,' one of the more profound and true-ringing sentiments ever to be voiced in a pop song). Both pieces kick the tar out of any Paul McCartney tune ever composed. Yoko's contributions to the album...(sigh) tend to defy serious analysis, really. Yoko Ono is an extremely intelligent individual, and in some respects extremely creative, having been one of John Cage's original disciples in the early 60's. Few people would deny she is an extremely competent businesswoman and one of the most savvy manipulators of publicity ever. However, poor Yoko was just not blessed with the knack for writing or singing songs... her most widely mentioned contribution to 'Double Fantasy,' 'Yes, I'm Your Angel,' is a blatant ripoff of the old Eddie Cantor tune 'Makin' Whopee,' and a lawsuit was brought by the copyright holders of 'Makin' Whopee' soon after 'Double Fantasy's release (she chose to settle out of court for an undisclosed sum in 1984). 'Kiss Kiss Kiss' is notable only for it's unusual ending, in which Yoko overdubbed sounds of herself apparently having an orgasm, which was unusual and a rather- ah- interesting effect, but not particularly groundbreaking or aesthetically pleasing. 'Beautiful Boys' has an interesting, dirge-like groove to it, though the lyrics sound like bad nursery rhymes ("...your eyes have seen the world/though you're only four years old.."? Please, Yoko). 'I'm Moving On' couldn't have been written without John's 'I'm Losing You' (this is apparently one of those instances when Yoko would take a song of John's and "improve" it according to her standards, like she did with 'Forgive Me'), and, frankly, it's hard to imagine that John didn't write 'Hard Times Are Over.' While the album cover gives credit to Yoko for having written it, the lyrics and music tend to give a far greater testament to John's authorship. But this, of course, is speculation; all in all, 'Double Fantasy' has some very good moments, but overall one gets the impression that perhaps a 'Single Fantasy' might have been better.

Rating: 4.5
Jun 23, 1997
The Bluebird
The calling was clear : "It would be just like starting over". The song suits perfectly on the spirt of the album "Double Fantasy": after 5 years of isolation at their castle over the Dakota Bulding, John and Yoko put their feelings on the album, and showed to everybody what was going on between then. He wants to tell the word that she is the reason of his life ( as we didn't notice... ) in "Woman" and "Dear Yoko". She puts barriers to make their love come true ( "Give me something") , but admits that she loves him ( "Yes, I'm your angel" ), and try to cheer him up ( "hard times are over/over for awhile", sang she in "Hard times are over") . It should be heard and appreciated, not only because it's the last album of John - but because it's one of the best.

Rating: 5.0
Jun 13, 1997
this album is like a delicate rose. it has great selections for your listening enjoyment. my favorite song, well i accually like 2:kiss,kiss,kiss, and, (just like) starting over. are carefully recorded in the studio. (just like) starting over is very easy going and then all of the sudden it explodes!!! into a wonderful song.

Rating: 4.0
May 31, 1997
Kevin Bianchi
A welcome return for Lennon and Yoko. From the beginning 50-esque strains to the closing, a true masterpiece of modern rock. Lennon definitely had not lost his touch, especially on tracks like "Watching the Wheels" where he pokes fun at all the critics who prematurely had written him off, and on "Woman" where he tenderly illuminates a life long love affair. It is truly a moving piece of music.

Rating: 4.5
May 30, 1997
Of course Lennon's last album and his first in a while with Yoko. It's interesting listening to this album to think what could have been in the 80's.Some of his finest songs are on this album. "Just like starting over" Orbison a` la Elvis,"Woman" complete with Beatle harmonies,Beautifal boy (darling boy) which is a lovely song to his son Sean,and the best of the lot "Watching the wheels" John's answer to the people who said he wasn't enjoying life. I also think these are some of Yoko's finest pieces "Kiss kiss kiss","give me something" and my personal favourite "I'm your angel" it's just the quirkiness of the whole song which makes me laugh,even though it does sound like Makin' whoope. This album is Lennon's legacy to his fans,and just sad to think of what happened to him.

Rating: 5.0
May 29, 1997
Mark Briggs
This was Lennon/Ono's masterpiece! Lennon, for the first time in a long while, sung his songs with love. The Love for Yoko. Just like starting over is the most sincere effort I have heard from Lennon. Although I am not a regular fan of Yoko Ono, I Feel her efforts were outstanding. Kiss Kiss Kiss is a very fine alternitive song, YEARS before alternitive came about! Yes, I'm your angel is also a great piece of music! On a personal note: When I hear the album I am saddened that the cold fact is that John is gone. Just when John discovered True love and life he is no more....John Lennon was a great man.

Rating: 4.5
Apr 20, 1997
Brad Snyder
Double Fantasy is an exciting piece of work put together by John and Yoko. Though the thought of Double Fantasy usually gives me a sadened feeling (because I associate this album with John Lennon's death) while listening to the record I feel happiness. "Woman" is the best song on the album that defines the love that so many couples share. and "Watching The Wheels" and "Just Like Starting Over" are Lennon classics. Although musically what stands out to me most on this record are the songs written by Yoko Ono--which surprises me greatly-- songs like "Kiss Kiss Kiss" and "Beautiful Boys" show that Yoko has musical talent even if angry Beatles fans will deny it until the end of time. Double Fantasy is--in my opinion--the third best John Lennon record behind Imagine and The Plastic Ono Band and is a must have to anyone in love.

Rating: 4.0
Apr 17, 1997
Double Fantasy is perhaps John and Yoko's finest work together. It is a beautiful expression of their love for each other and their son, Sean. Although often times sad, when knowing what followed the release of the record, it is honest and, for the most part, positive. John had hope for the future--after his retirement from the music world, he was back. "Beautiful Boy" and "Woman" are, perhaps, the most touching tracks, and are obviously dedicated to Sean and Yoko. "(Just Like) Starting Over" is a clear view of John's mindset at the time. He realised he'd had some problems in the past, and was ready to give life a second try. In this song John's playfullness comes through as he sounds like Elvis when he sings "Well, well, darling..." Some have said that the Double Fantasy's popularity owes much to the fact that it was John's last record. This may in part be true, but, more importantly, it is a celebration of John's rebirth, and his happiness is reflected in his songs. So, my friends, listen to this record and share in John's happiness.

Rating: 5.0
Apr 16, 1997
Jason Woodburn
One of the greatest comebacks in music history, Lennon comes back with a tour de force to be recond with. "Starting Over" combines Lennon's two favorite things, Yoko and fifties rock. The song is sentimental, but has a great sound. Solo Lennon's voice never sounded so good. The "heart play" John and Yoko acheive is a great concept and wants fans to know they are truley one. The titles tell enough of a life story to be admirable. John's "Clean Up Time" to Yoko's "Give Me Something" to John's "I'm Losing You" to Yoko's I'm Moving On" all give a play off of each other. "Beautiful Boy" is the softer side of Lennon after five years at home. "Watching The Wheels" throws Lennon back into the music game, while "Woman" is an homage to his ocean child and every woman, truely touching. "Dear Yoko" is good for the album, but not the fan. It is too similar to "Oh Yoko" and really annoys Yoko non-fans. The album is concluded with Yoko, but the theme, other than the heart play, is John Lennon is back. A companion piece to this album is "Milk and Noney," songs Lennon recorded at the "Double Fantasy" sessions but held over for a 1981 album.

Rating: 5.0
Mar 27, 1997
Evan James
This is my favorite John Lennon album. It is also his happiest album. He recorded this album because he wanted to, not because he was pressured by his producers or the public. Just like starting over is a great song it starts out slow and then takes a rock n roll feel to it. Cleanup time is another great up beat tune. Watching the wheels is my favorite Lennon song it is about people judging him for being a house husband, it is just a beautiful song. Beautiful Boy was written for John's son Sean and is a nice ballad. Woman was written for Yoko and is another beautiful ballad, John's voice sounds amazing in this song I'm loosing you is a great cold turkey type song Dear Yoko is another nice song for Yoko And let me warn you now you better have a remote contol handy to skip through Yoko's "songs" .....ughhhh This was John's last and greatest album I would recomend it for any sort of Lennon fan

Rating: 3.5
Mar 24, 1997
David A. Carpenter
John's first album after his five years as house-husband is not his greatest. However, it is worth purchasing if just for his songs. (Just Like) Starting Over and Watching The Wheels are both about his sabbatical from recording. Woman is poignant and reminiscent of his Beatles work. Beautiful Boy is a touching devotion to his son. Dear Yoko is self-explanatory. I'm Losing You is probably the best true Lennon song on this album. Cleanup Time can be categorized with all of Yoko's songs on this album: pure garbage! If her songs weren't on this album, it would have jumped 1 whole ratings point!

Rating: 2.5
Mar 20, 1997
A welcome album after a five year hiatus, this album is worthy for its 6 lennon tunes, but unfortunately the rest are yoko compositions. I'll start with the lennon tunes: Just like starting over:the strongest song on this album! beautiful boy:VERY sentimental. Its ok. When i first heard it I was bit worried (you know - a man singing beautiful boy?) but since its about his son thats fine Woman:also VERY sentimental, not one of my faves but it is touching dear yoko: A very weak lennon tune. The rest (yoko tunes) which i've heard (at least tried) aren't worth mentioning Overall, the album is a celebration of home life and starting a new life. But be warned --- If you're not so hot about Yoko then you might think twice

Rating: 4.5
Mar 20, 1997
James Thurston
When John and Yoko recorded "Double Fantasy" in 1980, John was completely at peace with himself. With happiness at home, he was eagerly looking for a new beginning -- that's why the first song "(JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER" is so painfully ironic considering John's untimely death at the end of the year. A cheerful kitchen timer starts the album -- in complete contrast with the somber funeral bell which introduced "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band" some ten years before. As soon as it gets going, "(Just Like) Starting Over" takes on a decidedly 1950s feeling. It perfectly expresses John's joy at having the future to spend with Yoko. Next, it is Yoko's turn. "KISS KISS KISS" is truly unique -- the musical style foreshadows the direction some music went later in that decade. At times the lyrics are cryptic and painfully off-key. With her high-pitched warbling as a backdrop, Yoko finishes the song by launching into the sounds of orgasm. Just in time, John returns with a joyful look at the blessings of domestic life. "CLEANUP TIME" delivers an upbeat experience, complete with backing horns. Yoko's "GIVE ME SOMETHING" paints a less cheerful picture, complete with overdubbed wretching sounds. Like "Kiss Kiss Kiss," this song has a certain edge to it, and the studio musicians deserve credit. Of course, John couldn't stay happy for long -- with "I'M LOSING YOU," he returns to his familiar emotions. This song is clear that John hadn't lost his touch -- he could still call upon supressed bitterness to make a great song, and it's 100% Lennon. The sound of telephones makes a good transition to Yoko's "I'M MOVING ON," which basically continues in the same style. Yoko's vocals fit the music surprisingly well. The song ends with some interesting drumming and a bit more of Yoko's warbling. The gentle sounds of ocean waves introduce "BEAUTIFUL BOY (DARLING BOY) -- one of John's most touching ballads ever, written especially for his son Sean. The instrumentation provides the perfect peaceful effect, and this is among John's best songs. It is extremely sad when John says he's looking forward to watching his son grow -- actually, considering the circumstances, the words can be extremely depressing. With "WATCHING THE WHEELS," John explains his absence from the recording business. Some people just couldn't understand why John would "no longer play the game" so he had to spell it out for them. The steady rhythm of the song and John's familiar piano contribute significantly to the overall effect of the song. John is finally at peace with himself and life when he finishes with a heartfelt "I just had to let it go!" The sound of footsteps approaching the door of some small venue, then scattered applause, announces the beginning of "I'M YOUR ANGEL." Yoko is obviously having fun with this lighthearted song, which includes several "Tra-la-la-la's" and contains happy lyrics. Next is a timeless classic -- John's beautiful ballad "WOMAN." With rich harmonies, heartfelt lyrics, and gentle guitar, "Woman" is one of John's lifetime best. At some points, you can tell where John has double-tracked his vocals, and this adds a nice touch. The well-harmonized backing vocals provide an almost dream-like quality, and John's voice comes across as completely sincere. The song softly fades away with the words "I love you, now and forever" repeating. Yoko dedicated "BEAUTIFUL BOYS" to both John and Sean, and she tries to give them encouragement. The melody is almost haunting, and the instrumental bridge is performed well. Yoko chose to overdub battle sounds at the end, and the final notes are brilliant. Built upon a cheerful guitar riff, "DEAR YOKO" is a fun song -- the lyrics also work well. Yoko contributed "EVERY MAN HAS A WOMAN WHO LOVES HIM" as a tribute to John, and you can hear John's backing vocals. We seldom hear John and Yoko sing together, and they compliment each other well. The instrumentation in the middle and at the end is intricate and well-written. "Double Fantasy" closes with the gospel-like "HARD TIMES ARE OVER." This song is complete with a choir, perhaps the strongest point of the song. Overall, "Double Fantasy" seems like a practice-run for John's future career efforts. He needed this album to "test the waters" and see which musical direction he wanted to go.


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