John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band

John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band - John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
1970 Ratings: #15 / 106
User Score
Based on 326 ratings
1970 Ratings: #19
Liked by 15 people
December 11, 1970 / Release Date
LP / Format
Apple / EMI / Label
John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band / Primary Artists
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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.

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.
If someone forced me to keep just one record by the Beatles including the solo records of their members I would pick this one without thinking twice.
It´s far from the perfection of Revolver and the harmonies of Lennon/McCartney are surely missing here.
What it offers instead is raw meat, soul searching of one of the most gifted Pop Musicians ever. Lennon´s music here is naked in the best sense. It´s like listening to Lennon´s anger, despair and psycho-analizing freed ... read more
From what I've heard John Lennon's solo output is a mix between being really good and being God awful, thankfully 'John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band' falls into the good category. It has its issues though, like I find it a bit inconsistent and sometimes really messy in its instrumentals but when John is focused and writing some sincere songs alongside pleasant instrumentals it sounds great, the simplistic instrumentals are quite pleasant and John's lyrics are quite intriguing when they work, they're ... read more
Although not my favorite albums from a solo Beatles member it is my favorite John Lennon one. With some of his most emotional and heart felt lyrics ever recorded and with a lot of shining moments such as Hold On which has always stuck within my rotation since I first heard in when I was 12.

Track Review

Mother 9/10
Hold On 10/10
I Found Out 8.5/10.
Working Class Hero 9/10
Isolation 8.5/10.
Remember 7.5/10.
Love 8.5/10.
Well Well Well 7/10
Look at Me 8/10
God 9/10
My Mummy's Dead ... read more
"Mother" is a way better song than "Imagine".
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Added on: March 16, 2013