Some people think this album's title track - a song about a Utopian society with no religion, no countries, no possessions, etc - is Das Kapital
in C major, but I think that interpretation is a little harsh. To me, it's more a romantic ideal, maybe a little naive, but as an optimist I like to think the world might really 'live as one' one day.
Producer Phil Spector padded this album with a much fuller and more aesthetically pleasing sound, so Imagine
could be described as The Plastic Ono Band's more accessible second album, but that'd be something of a misnomer.
Certainly, there's still a great deal of introspection going on with the soaring "Jealous Guy", and the devastating "Crippled Inside", but Lennon's lyrics were heading in a more political direction, as evidenced by the title track, and on the biting "Give Me Some Truth" and the musically dull "I Don't Want to Be a Soldier".
Aside from the title track, my favourite song has to be the blatant attack on McCartney, "How Do You Sleep?". In response to McCartney's subtle dig at Lennon with "Too Many People", Lennon pulled no punches - he included vicious lines like The only thing you done was "Yesterday"
and The sound you make is muzak to my ears
Of course, it doesn't hurt that the album's musical accompaniment (including the great George Harrison on guitar) totally kicks ass, making Imagine
an album that shouldn't be missed by Lennon fans. Marcuo Rated:
by Reviewer: Marco Marco17th July 2017