Thursday, June 19, 2008

TVD's Daily Wax | John Lennon & Yoko Ono "Double Fantasy"

I know, I know...was it a "return to form" or more of just a ...return? For me STILL, this LP is overshadowed by the events that came to pass shortly after its release. That is to say, the tracks soon became maudlin and then clich├ęd. And their origin was bathed in homespun, househusbandly sweetness when I indeed prefer my Lennon acerbic, acidic, and animated.

So, I toss it out to the readership...does this one belong here amidst the "return to form" theme? With an honest appraisal of the tracks for this post, I'm on the fence...and should I have included ANY of the Yoko tracks? Hmm.

John Lennon - (Just Like) Starting Over (Mp3)
John Lennon - Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) (Mp3)
John Lennon - I'm Losing You (Mp3)
John Lennon - Woman (Mp3)
John Lennon - Watching The Wheels (Mp3)


Farrakhan Faucet said...

This album is always going to kick me hard in the gut because I was 12 years old and bought the 7-inch for Just Like (Starting Over) the night before Lennon died. I went to bed thinking this was an awesome song, finally something I can talk about with my older friends who were into these so-called Beatles. My mom woke me up with the news... listening to these songs now, they still sound fresh. As pop songs, they're near perfect. As love letters to Yoko and Sean it makes me SO angry that one a-hole took him away from them - not to mention away from us. So yes - the John songs stand the test of time. A return to Beatles sound at their sunniest. As for the Yoko songs, those are interesting, exotic, new wave, avant garde grow-on-you songs. I am listening to her best-of Walking on Thin Ice as we speak. Wow. The title track and Kiss Kiss Kiss sound great really, really loud.

The Vinyl District said...

Now, THAT'S the type of response I was looking for!

Anonymous said...

I remember coming home from school and my father in the living room playing MY Blue album with tears in his eyes as he told me some bastard shot Lennon. I just couldn't believe it. DF is a solid Return to Form. Shamus

Anonymous said...

I was also woken with the news that he'd been killed, having been immeersing myself in 'starting over' at the time, and I remember opening the album as a present on christmas day and crying. A time for a clash of heroes? Double Fantasy kept Snap! off the number one spot by a few hundred copies and Weller swore he would have gone and bought them all himself just for that final symbol of success.

Anonymous said...

Lennon here is a return form in perhaps the vein of the "Mind Games" LP. The songs here are some of his best, but I've always been somewhat disappointed by the production values (why do '60s records sound better than '80s records?).