Imagine by John Lennon

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Imagine by John Lennon
Imagine by John Lennon

Album Released: 1971

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2.Crippled Inside3:43
3.Jealous Guy4:10
4.It's So Hard2:22
5.I Don't Want To Be A Soldier6:01
6.Give Me Some Truth3:11
7.Oh My Love2:40
8.How Do You Sleep?5:29
10.Oh Yoko!4:18


Lennon's most popular solo album, with a more commercial sound and songs than previously.

The naive title track is perhaps his most beloved tune, though for such a utopian outlook it starts off oddly - Imagine there's no heaven. "Jealous Guy" is the other hit here, and it follows in the vulnerable, soul-baring mode of Plastic Ono Band, if slightly softened.

"Gimme Some Truth" delivers some blistering political indignation, while "Oh Yoko" is delightful folk-pop. However, the attack on Paul, "How Do You Sleep?" is just plain nasty, and the overorchestrated strings on "How?" and several other tracks put me to sleep.

So for every good track, there's a subpar one, but despite its inconsistencies, Imagine is an enjoyable release.

by Reviewer: Creative Noise

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

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I like the title track, although the lyrics are pretty naive, and rather hypocritical too, considering the awfully bitter and sarcastic tone of "How Do You Sleep?".

Side One is really good, with "Jealous Guy" and "Crippled Inside" both being excellent songs. Too bad then that Side Two sucks. Indeed, the only reason I've rated this album so highly is because Side One is very good, but if I had to sit through crap like "Give Me Some Truth" and "Oh Yoko!" for much longer, I'd renounce my claim to being 'the most positive reviewer on Alltime Records'. Sure, "Oh My Love" isn't bad, but the rest of Side Two is blah ...

I mean, for god's sake Lennon, quit whining. You're married to a Japanese performance artist, you're a former member of the world's most popular rock band, and have total financial security for the rest of your life, not to mention you're forever ensconced as the coolest Beatle, with scads of 'artistic integrity'. I don't think your life was quite this problematic.

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