John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band

John Lennon & Plastic Ono Band - John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
1970 Ratings: #15 / 124
User Score
Based on 611 ratings
1970 Ratings: #25
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

It's an unflinching document of bare-bones despair and pain, but for all its nihilism, it is ultimately life-affirming; it is unique not only in Lennon's catalog, but in all of popular music. Few albums are ever as harrowing, difficult, and rewarding as John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

Ari007
100

For me, Plastic Ono Band is one of the greatest singer-songwriter albums ever made, Lennon's writing is at its sharpest here, and his singing is expressive, emotional and raw.
The simplicity of this album is intoxicating, and the production doesn't sound dated at all, to this day it sounds fresh and on point.

Docky
90

The Beebles In The 70s: Part 5
Plastic Ono Band

John, just like Paul, subverts expectations on his first solo record post Beatles, by creating something very different from what people expected from him.

This is a very raw and emotionally charged record, John opens up a lot on this album about himself and his struggles. This is the least commercial of the 4 post beatles breakup albums so far. Even Paul’s Lo-Fi experiment had Maybe I’m Amazed on it. It’s harsher and more ... read more

DemaCalling96
85

This is probably more emotionally affective than anything I've heard John do in the Beatles. Like seriously, some of these songs have me on the verge of tears. One of the most beautiful and raw albums I've ever heard.

Favs: Mother, Hold On, Working Class Hero, Isolation, Remember, Love, God

Least Favs: I Found Out, Well Well Well

ZeroTaste
63

Meh.

willowsfields
67

Bonus points for this one being actually musical, I guess. On a more serious note, though, this is kind of a mixed bag for me personally. John's vocals are mostly fine, he's never been one of my favorite vocalists, but his voice sounds OK here, when he's not screaming that is. Then it sounds borderline hideous. The lyrics here are pretty weak, especially by the standards of someone like John, who was well known for his songwriting. On here, a lot of the lyrics just read as very dull political ... read more

KeithJericho
100

We should be getting albums like this more. The songwriting, the rawness, the emotions it's beautiful

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Track List

1Mother
5:35
95
2Hold On
1:52
92
3I Found Out
3:37
85
4Working Class Hero
3:47
90
5Isolation
2:52
90
6Remember
4:33
84
7Love
3:22
91
8Well Well Well
5:57
83
9Look At Me
2:53
84
10God
4:11
94
11My Mummy's Dead
0:50
84
Total Length: 39 minutes
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Added on: March 16, 2013