Top 100 Album Review: #22 – Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon (1970)

Personal But Not Transcendent.

The Album Where Lennon Bares All Leaves Me Asking — Would I Ever Want to Listen to These Songs Again?

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Rolling Stone’s Ranking: #22/100
My Rating:cropped-smooth-star-e1545862962550cropped-smooth-star-e1545862962550

Many songs on this album are decent, but the big catch is that it’s all about John. These songs are deeply personal and pretty indulgent, a result of some alternative therapy Lennon was getting in California with Yoko Ono. Each song is from the first person perspective. He talks about his life, family, anxiety, politics, and fame. Some of the popularity stems from this — you really get to understand what John is thinking because that’s all he sings about.

This makes the material very awkward to listen to outside of the album, not to mention the duds. There isn’t one powerful single that can stand on its own merits. Trying to add any songs into my mega 70s playlist on Spotify makes little sense.

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