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Imagine

John Lennon

1971

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Imagine

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3.5

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I mean, it's Imagine by Julian Lennon's dad, it's a bit 'meh'. Jealous Guy is a good song....towards the end it made me punch a wall...but at least it wasn't my wife, eh John?

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John Lennon is the worst human being who ever lived

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I’m slowly realizing that a big part of the Beatles magic was the mix of their individual sounds together. Paul’s sound without John or George was great, but it was just missing something. This album further proves it. I think it’s the closest John sounded to his days in the Beatles... turns out George was on guitar for a lot of it... which, I think, is a huge reason why it’s as close as it is.

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Glad he's dead.

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I went into this album having already downloaded two of the songs, I left having downloaded them all. This album has it all, good songwriting, good music, and variety. The political messages sound extra important in today’s world and the Paul McCartney diss track is something special. I’m sure I’m biased because of my Beatlemania as a kid but I have to rate this as a near perfect album. 9/10 but 5/5

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5

This is a phenomenal album with some of John's best songwriting. It's debatable which of John's songs is his best but Imagine would certainly be on the short list. This song as well as the ballads Jealous Guy and Oh My Love are all done with piano accompaniments rather than guitars resulting in the album having a soft touch. The guitars are saved for the rockers. Most Beatles trivia buffs will say John's last public performance was in 1974 when he joined Elton John to play a few songs after losing a bet but the real trivia geeks will say his last "public performance" was in 1977 when John was bored in a Tokyo hotel so took out his guitar and played Jealous Guy while sitting near the elevator. The way I heard it, nobody who saw him knew who he was or cared! Crippled Inside is an excellent tune. It has a hint of country and excellent keyboards contributed by Nicky Hopkins. The opening piano on Crippled Inside is reminiscent of the beer barrel piano style on the intro to Paul's song Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da which I understand John contributed even though he hated the song! Side 2 starts with some venom with Gimme Some Truth. The political message in this song is obvious hasn't changed much in 50 years. John knew how to dish out venom when he felt it was warranted. Of course he saves his best insults for Paul in How Do You Sleep. In this song Paul is the target of his venom as John returns fire after the salvos Paul aimed at John and Yoko on "Too Many People" from his second album. Perhaps the most clever is John's comment on Paul's post Beatles' songs when he says: "The sound you make is muzak to my ears". I expect this would have been devastating for Paul to hear. As they say, the truth hurts. Lesson for Paul: Don't use lyrics as a weapon when fighting with John. Oh Yoko is another love song to Yoko. I'm guessing Paul would have preferred if John had contributed this love song to Abbey Road rather than the far less commercial / user-friendly I Want You (She's So Heavy). John's harmonica at the very end is random but a very good way to end an excellent album.

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Epic.

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Despite how much of a behemoth the title track is, this album has a number of pretty great songs on it. Pretentious high concept nonsense before it was cool. Phil Spector sort of ruins it a bit though. I quite like that it is pretty angry and political but really just sounds like a pleasant pop album. I really love Oh Yoko.

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As a kid, I would have given this a 5. As the album hits it the middle group of songs, it becomes more average. By the end you realize Spector’s production is the only thing making some of the average songs great, along with mysticism around Lennon’s celebrity. As an adult with a new perspective, the album is good, but not as big as I once thought it was. Due to Spector, I would give this 3/5 album a 4/5.

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This album taught me an interesting lesson. Namely, that Lennon really needed the rest of the Beatles to avoid being a bullshit artist. I think it's because he was pretty much a trash human being and, without the balancing influence of his bandmates, all of his egotism, hypocrisy, and pretension didn't get filtered out. Instead, he spent the whole album spotlighting his worst traits to the detriment of his (few) positive traits. To say it's distasteful is an understatement. Giving this one a very generous 3 stars...

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5

It is a classic, heard imagine so many times it can be a bit tiring, but think jealous guy is the best anyway

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Hot Stuff!

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listening to this album calmed my anxiety

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Discazo

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It's Lennon. I already loved all the songs I knew, but there were a few I was unfamiliar with, and even those are lovely. Aside from loving this throughout, I have to go top marks in case one day Mum finds out I didn't, she'd hurt me, I'm sure of it.

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5 stars

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I think I last listened to this album all the way through when I was about 12 years old (my best friend's older brother had a copy) and I'd forgotten how utterly, utterly brilliant it was and I want to apologise to the world for leaving it so long - I've played it 5 times today to try and make amends. It's just visceral and totally brilliant, the best thing I've heard so far. Can I give 6 stars? (also just noticed that Billy Bragg nicked the riff from 'Oh Yoko' for 'Waiting for the great leap forward'). I wrote loads more (twice) about this album but deleted it all - there was no need, you already knew it all anyway.

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Obviously excellent. Oddly, he showed this first to some guy, I forget who. “Imagine” was originally a B-side on that tape.

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A perfect album.

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Loved it

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5/5 based on the 1st song...

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one of the classics

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John Lennon’s second album is portrait of a man who is at a crossroads and is trying to figure out who he is. This inner turmoil is also reflected in the shifts in genre from the placid and occasionally lush (classic Phil Spector production), to the more country/rockabilly, and rock and roll influences tracks. Lennon is contemplative, remorseful, and angry all in a 40 minute span. He ends and starts the album with no answers to the deeper questions but with the knowledge that love and humanity are the heart of the answer.

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Not a huge fan of the title track, and I prefer plastic ono band, but still a pretty good album. Closer to a 3.5

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Imagine is a solid solo release.

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Really beautiful, mix of like Beatles and Lennon. Mac millers later work reminds me of it

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It's so much more than its title track. Demerit for explicit references to Yoko. Best track: Gimme Some Truth

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Some classics, bit preachy

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Love you Dad

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huge lennon vibes. slow but meaningful lyrics. 4/5

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3.8

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Really nice melodies and songs.

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Like it!

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Such a tuneful beautiful album. A classic of course. I am so over Imagine as a song and don't massively like listening to it, but it probably is very good isn't it

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Strong 4. It’s amazing how well this album holds up. I can definitely see myself coming back for more. The lyrics, the vocals, the production, it all sounds great, even today. Very strong project.

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Tres bon album jepe sais que c’etait un receuil de toune comme imagine mais c’est rock et tres stylise le reste de l’album. Je ne l’avais jamais ecoute au complet et je suis agreablement surpris. Je reecoute a coup sur. 4.75

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Good album, just not a five.

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Classic

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Bien.

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Some real gems on here. Also, some not so quality material. Always liked this album, but Lennon’s solo material for me is not his best work. This is no exception.

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Yes, the title song may be completely over played, but you can't fault the sentiment. Lennon's more polished second solo album shows him at his typical contrary self, love, peace, jealousy, anger. BT: Jealous Guy, Gimme Some Truth, How Do You Sleep?

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Pleasant enough

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Ive always found John though a good songwriter a little bit cheesy. And well, listening to this album was very nice, but sadly, still a little bit too nice at some moments.

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Good

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After Plastic Ono Band's violent debeatling, the nation's favourite demagogue continues his primal scream-induced plainspeak. Try this on for rawness: "No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of Tricky Dicky is gonna Mother Hubbard, soft soap me with just a pocketful of hope." Or, "I was feeling insecure / You might not love me anymore". Lennon softens the edges with pop-friendly euphemisms, albeit acerbic ones, such as "You can wear a mask and paint your face / You can call yourself the human race," but most notably Spector's luscious wall of sound, which coats Lennon's salted caramel brittle with a litre of extra thick double-cream. Special mention to Oh Yoko!, which is almost a unassumingly beautiful as the Velvet's After Hours. Makes me think I'm in love with Mrs Lennon every time.

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Enjoyable listening. I prefer George Harrison's solo albums, he really flourished when he was liberated from John's tyranny. The one thing everyone needs to know is that the track Imagine was largely written by Yoko Ono, who John selfishly decided wasn't worth crediting because she's "just a wife, y'know?" He was a total douchebag, but it is easy listening.

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"In this moment, I am euphoric. Not because of any phony god's blessing. But because, I am enlightened by my own intelligence" -John Lennon

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The worst impulses of Lennon are encouraged when freed from the Beatles.

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Pile of shite.

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Heard it many times. Not a Lennon fan

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First track sounds like something that would be sung mawkishly at Anfield. Can see where the worst parts of the beatles albums come from with the 2nd. It's basically just when I'm 64, or a wacky Norman Wisdom chase montage. Ponderous, dull uninspired garbage from the joint worst beatle

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Bland. Very MOR. Would have given it a very bland 2 but it's hard to listen to a wife beater twittering on about being a jealous guy so he's getting a 1.

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I found this album even more mean-spirited, and insecure than I remembered it - "Imagine no possessions", sang the man who had a temperature-controlled room for his fur coats. 1 star

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N/A

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5

It is a great album from a great man. Remember when Gal Gadot and her 'friends' did Imagine at the start of lockdown?

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5

pretty cool and funkyyyyyy

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weirdly surprised by this. I think because I don’t like the Beatles much, I assumed I wouldn’t like this guy. but his voice is pretty and talented and songs like “How Do You Sleep?” are just really great. this guy clearly knew what he was doing.

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Volver a escuchar

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5

Great album

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5

Amazing, one of my favorites

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5

Really really good. Oh Yoko and I Don’t Wanna be a Soldier were a bit too repetitive for me, and I’ve heard Imagine so many times I could scream, but I gotta give it up because it’s a great song.

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9/10 everyone should hear this album at least once it’s got a few moments that are a little awkward but for the most part it’s amazing

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Great album. John was always my favorite Beatle, especially lyrically. Some absolutely great songs on this one, especially the title track.

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50 years later, you can hear the genius shining through each song.

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It's a good one for sure, imagine is obviously the best song of the album, but the other songs ain't too bad either.

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Venga, un 5 por la canción de Imagine. El resto del disco, agradable sin más.

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5

Classic Album. Classic songs. Classic Rating: 5. Very interesting to hear "Give Me Some Truth" in the Get Back documentary.

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There’s still a hint of the sadness that permeates deep within his first solo album, but there’s also some hope and sweetness here too. “How Do You Sleep?” still makes me sad even if it is a banger musically.

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How timely for this album to come up today? Yesterday, I was listening to two radio stations both of which had segments of peace songs. And on both stations, the first song they played was "Imagine." There are two other anti-war/political songs, "I Don't Want Be A Soldier Mama" and "Gimme Some Truth," but really this album is a collection of songs, mostly great ones. One connective thread is that most of these songs sound very personal, although more loosely personal than his first album, "Plastic Ono Band" (where Yoko and his primal scream therapy strongly influenced). The songs were written from 1968 to 1971 with three written during the "Let It Be" Sessions. The album seems to go back and forth between piano (softer) and guitar-driven ( more rockin) songs. Four are love songs highlighted by the incredible "Jealous Guy." There is an anti-Paul song with whom John was feuding with at the time. John also delivers a stunning vocal performance, along with George Harrison's slide guitar, on " Gimme Some Truth," probably the highlight of the album for me (title song excluded).

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5

One of my all-time favorite albums.

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Incredible

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Absolute classic

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I grew up with this album so it's difficult to view it objectively. I can see how some might see this as a bit wishy-washy musically but the sound has Lennon stamped on it and it depends on whether it's your bag. There are some genuine classics here though- Imagine (of course), Jealous Guy, Give me some Truth, but my favourite has always been 'How do you sleep' which was aimed at Paul and is pretty scathing and is surely one of the best songs anywhere. After listening again to the whole album there are a few weaker tracks but the general album taken as a whole is worthy of *****

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Ha passat a la història pel contenir un dels grans himnes immortals del pop, que dóna títol al disc i que és ja un clàssic de la cultura pop. Però el mèrit principal és que la resta del disc no està per sota. De fet, en casos com 'Jealous Guy', 'Gimme Some Truth' o 'How', està per sobre, i a les lletres tan d'aquests temes com d''I Don't Want to Be a Soldier' o la pròpia cançó títol, es concentra tota la ideologia i filosofia de l'artista. 'How Do You Sleep' continua sent la millor cançó de revenja contra un antic company i amic, des de l'elegància, però amb tota la mala llet imaginable

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5

What a glorious album. Like most people, I was only familiar with the title track - which may have been overplayed at this point. But the rest of the album is perfect, track after track. Really worth your time. Added, with pleasure.

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Epic start with Imagine. 2 Paul diss songs (Crippled Inside and How do you sleep?). LOVE How? Jealous Guy, Gimme Some Truth, and It's So Hard. And Oh, Yoko is just plain fun. "In the middle of a shave, in the middle of a shave, I call your name, Oh, Yoko... My love will turn you on." Although, I prefer the Plastic Ono album.

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Pensé que no le iba a poner 5 estrellas porque Imagine está muy muy muy quemada. Quizá no haya persona de más de 15 años que no haya oído esta rola hasta el cansancio (COVID, Juegos Olímpicos, eventos de paz, lo que sea) y pues sí, ahora suena y difícilmente me da gusto. Pero es que el resto del disco tiene joyas de dos de las personas importantes de Lennon: Yoko y Paul. Rolas melosas (tal vez hasta demasiado para ser suyas) dedicadas a Yoko (How?, Oh my love y Jealous Guy), y rolas muy muy muy enojadas y agresivas dedicadas a Paul (How Do You Sleep y en cierta medida Give Me Some Truth) y todas ellas son excelentes.

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Classic album right after the Beatles split

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Классика жанра :)

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I love John Lennon.

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It was great to revisit this album which is so wrapped up in Lennon’s charisma and my memory of listening to it as a teen.

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“Imagine”, poetisk, politisk, smukt

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I really tried to listen to this objectively but Mum has always been a Lennon fan. His voice is so familiar, so comfortable. And, you know, she'd kill me if I rated him low, somehow she'd find out, Mum's do that. I can't be objective at all, I love it, even the not so great stuff.

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4

Better than I thought it was going to be. Some voice

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Surprisingly good after the overplayed first song.

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I liked the sick piano solo after he said 'crippled inside'

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Imagine slappin' Yoko upside the jaw

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Yoko O Yes

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Surprisingly nothing on this annoyed me. All very enjoyable.

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I thought this was just the album with "imagine" on it. It turns out that many of the other songs on the album are just as good. 4.3/5 stars

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У Dream Theatre был сборник с ироничным названием "Greatest Hit (…and 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs)". Тут, на первый взгляд, ситуация отчасти схожая: "Эпохальная песня... и 9 треков, что можно прогнать между делом". Заглавный трек великолепен, там даже на верунов небольшой наезд, за что невольно 10/10 напрашивается, особенно с учётом того, что придётся ещё всяких христианских ламаров-хуемаров слушать. Но в остальных треках и той глубины особо не наблюдается. Jealous Guy и Oh My Love неплохи. Толи мне дженерик лирики не хватает в жизни. Oh Yoko! даже душевная вполне. А вот всяким блюзовым мотивам мне в моём бытии лишнего места обычно нема. I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama I Don’t Wanna Die душилово какое-то. Самый раздражающий трек, God Save Us, благо, вне основного альбома находится. На самом деле мог бы 5 поставить будь кроме заглавного хоть ещё один трек, в который можно было бы залипнуть, а позже - возвращаться. Но не завезли. Посему 4, но твёрдая, без скидок.

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Un álbum interesante. Representa muy bien al Lennon roquero que todos conocemos, todo da vueltas respecto a lo que John sabe hacer y le gustaba "rockear", los arreglos de cuerdas de algunas canciones son simplemente hermosos, el trabajo de producción da ese sello distintivo a este trabajo (wall of sound from Phil Spector). Las canciones están combinadas en el estado de animo de Lennon y su perspectiva respecto al entorno que vivia.

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This is a great album. Imagine, Jealous Guy, Gimme Some Truth, Crippled Inside, How Do You Sleep... I mean, I may aswell list the whole album! Lennon is a great lyricist with a sharp tongue. I expect McCartney felt the sting of How Do You Sleep.

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Listening to the solo efforts from each of the Beatles it's not hard to appreciate the reason each is still so admired.

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Lennon was probably my least favorite Beatle, but this one is pretty aight.

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Imagine, Crippled Inside, Gimme some truth

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Wow they made an album around a Gal Gadot song?? John bro, this is fresh!

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4 Ja iconisch, maar toch niet zoveel dikke dikke hits. Imagine is natuurlijk wel goated. En ja het blijft echt een icoon. Dacht persoonlijk dat ik er al meer van zou kennen omdat het album me wel heel bekend was.

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Dit is nu goede Jonnen muziek hoor.

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I wasn't expecting Bob Dylan, but that's what I got. Surprisingly enjoyable.

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Was great! He really needed Paul to keep him from being too dreamy. The music was good, anything Yoko is not good tho.

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Fina John. Faktumet är att jag inte lyssnat så mycket på Johns solo-grejer mer än ett par låtar. "Imagine" och "Jealous guy" är nog de enda jag lyssnat flitigt på. En sak som stack ut i lyssningen av det här albumet var små saker jag hörde som är direkt kopplade till the beatles. Ett exempel på detta är i låten "How?" som i ett återkommande parti låter precis som "The long and winding road". Det gjorde mig ändå glad. Förutom det fanns det såklart en känsla av the beatles över i princip hela albumet, vilket är fullt rimligt och enligt min mening, mycket härligt. Bäst: "Oh Yoko!" ("Imagine" och "Jealous guy" är ju otroliga men i just denna lyssning var det "Oh Yoko!" som stod som vinnare.

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Imagine and Jealous Guy carry in the beginning. Otherwise generally good album.

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Pretty good, although besides how iconic the title track is the rest is really only ok in my opinion. I’m pretty sure if someone other than John Lennon had put this exact album out we wouldn’t be talking about this album.

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What can even be said about the title track here. One of the greatest songs ever written. The rest of the album is no slouch either though. Certainly one of the best Beatles solo albums.

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One of the best Beatles solo albums bearing a few of the best songs John Lennon would ever write. Production is kinda thin in a few places and some songs are lack lustre. Still a pleasant listen but WHY ISNT RAM ON THIS LIST WHAT THE HELL

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High marks for the 3 hits - the timeless Imagine & a couple better remembered for their cover versions. Some of the other tracks would have been more to my liking with some rough around the edges production, but I suppose we were heading into the soft rock seventies. A couple of others I could have done without, for example Oh Yoko and Crippled Inside.

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Yeah, John is an asshole, but he is a talented asshole. I will say the diss track was surprising, and the amount of layered vocals that almost mimic the Beatles sound was interesting.

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4

John Lennon proves he can sound perfectly decent when away from the other mop-tops. This album just barely grabs a fourth star for the sheer pettiness found in the diss track here.

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4

a classic.

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This is a pretty nice album, I really liked "Oh My Love".

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was braced for hippy shite, but actually it was decent like The Beatles.

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John Lennon: hypocritical jerk off but he could write some songs.

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en legende

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carried by superb songwriting a good album where almost all songs are just good

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Well, I'm pretty tired of Imagine the song tbh. But the rest of the album is pretty good. Crippled, Jealous Guy and How do yo sleep are some of my Lennon favourites. The rest are unremarkable. This is a 3.5 for me. Because there are some good ones and a universal classic, giving it a 4.

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4

The best of Lennon's solo career I think.

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I like this. Holds up better than I expected. Vocals can be a bit one note but the instrumental styles are diverse enough to make up for it. Solid throughout and not really any low points to drag it down. Good enough to come back to for sure.

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4

Overall pretty solid album, though the title track carries hard. A couple stinkers but more good tracks. Leans more toward the political and social messages.

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My first exposure to the title track was when I was in 6th grade and we read someone's article about them cowering in fear of the communist lyrics. I was never a fan of Lennon as a person. I was a McCartney fanboy and sided with his criticisms. Growing up, I realized I loved Lennon's songs just as much, and honestly I think the title track "Imagine" made me think Lennon was the one in charge of the Beatles ballads like "Hey Jude" and "Let It Be" (turns out McCartney wrote both of them). But these days I appreciate Lennon a lot more knowing that the hard, energetic Beatles songs were sung by his fuzzy vocals. The beginning of "Crippled Inside" strongly reminds me of another Beatles song (from the White album?) but I can't put my tongue on it. "Jealous Guy" is probably my favorite on this album, despite being one of the softer songs I've been known not to be a huge fan of. Not a big fan of the next two tracks. I do appreciate the antiwar sentiment and the psychedelic fuzz in the latter song. Much prefer the second side. Makes sense considering this is where Harrison makes most of his contributions. Many of the Beatlesesque songs on this album certainly feels like they belong on the White album, except much more polished. My favorite of these is "Oh My Love." In fact, I swore that song was on the White album until just today. Such a beautiful song. And yes, even "How Do You Sleep?" is a fantastic song, despite the savagery on McCartney. Album ends on a lovely note with "Oh Yoko" which grows with each listen. Some fantastic songs interdispersed. A few weak songs. But the remainder is great. Coherent and has great mixing and Harrison's guitar work, reminding me that Harrison was not being carried by any means, and dramatically enhances the experience.

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Lennon needed the rest of the Beatles. 7/10

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8/10. Very pretty sounding, a little boring? I dunno, worth a re-listen to get a better formed opinion.

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4

Pretty good, got worse as it went on. Gets points for Imagine and Oh Yoko. 7

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7/10. Decent to listen to, pretty pretentious as I had expected

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this is easier listening than I expected. I knew Imagine and Jealous Guy going in and I'm pleasantly surprised by the rest.

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4

Of course I know the title track and cover from this album, but that is almost the extent of my exposure to this album. There were other tracks that were familiar, but only familiar. With such a distinctive voice, it's hard to know if you have heard a song from John Lennon or if it just sounds like John Lennon. "Imagine" and "I Don't Want to Be a Soldier" were the tracks enjoyed the most. "How?" detracted from the overall experience. Rounding up probably gets this to 4 stars.

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Good album, but besides “How do you sleep?” I don’t know if the rest lives up to the legend of the title track.

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Solid album, some classics i've heard with some mixed in blues rock with Lennon's style.

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Before yesterday I had never listened to this entire album. I probably won't listen to it again. Just not my thing. But, good nonetheless.

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Classic.

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Precursor to modern protest music, and a beautiful requiem for the Beatle's career. Remember, "Gimme Some Truth"

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Wow he's a Beatle

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The title track is probably one of my least favorite songs ever. But as conflicted as I feel towards John Lennon, sans the title track, the rest of this album is actually pretty good. God I feel dirty writing that...

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This is a very comfortable album. There are a couple of iconic tracks that I'm already super familiar with and all the other tracks fit into the overall feeling. Imagine is a songwriter at the top of his game, someone who has talent to burn. Weirdly, some of the tracks feel a little bit too long, but that might be more a symptom of this modern age, rather than legit critique of this 1971 recording.

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I'm really pissed off. I wanted to hate this off the back of its dirge of a title track, but turns out he's actually an amazing songwriter. Who knew 🙄 Fav new track: Oh My Love is sweet...

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Imagine is the highlight, the rest is good as well.

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4/5. Good. Classics on there fo sho, but kinda long and meandering sometimes. Bit underwhelming

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Not quite a 5. How Can You Sleep is a tune but a needlessly brutal dig at Macca

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Pretty good!

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De pogga mer än ja trodde

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A fantastic album that I've owned since its release in all formats.

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There's definitely some 5/5 songs on this album but quite a bit of it seems like filler. I don't think Lennons solo work is quite as good as anything he did with the Beatles.

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understand the importance of the album. Overall, pretty good!

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Coldest take in the world. This album is good, imagine is fine but reminds of the cringe viral video at start of covid.

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Bien

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Overall, an enjoyable album with some pretty good songs, including the well-known Imagine and Jealous Guy.

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01 | fiquei imaginando se alguém ouviu além da faixa-título porque né? já é a primeira, o que vem em seguida? 02 | crippled inside tem vibes rancheiras e em algum momento me lembra algo dos beatles. ah e a musica é ableista né? aiai os tempos como mudam. 03 | eu já ouvi essa em algum filme mas não lembro qual. ah e tem versão pt-br??? pq parece que sim. e tbm: abusive men's song much???

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I have personally listened to this record at least 100 times in its entirety. I love it... But it's not for everyone...(8/10) FT: Oh My Love, Jealous Guy, Imagine

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Imagine is one of the greatest, most inspiring songs ever, so this album is starting strong. I listen to this song on Dec 8th every year.

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You’ve got to love the opening title track and Jealous Guy is also beautiful in its simplicity. But two great tracks don’t make for a five star album, a couple of nice moments throughout but the rest slipped into the background a little.

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Exactly what I would expect from a John Lennon album - raw, direct, angry and, for the most part, great. (Oh Yoko! is lame, though). 4/5

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How do you sleep? is perhaps the saltiest song of all time, and for that, I am awarding this album 4 stars.

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Although not my favourite Lennon album I'd forgotten how brilliantly vicious an attack on Macca 'How do you sleep' was.

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Something something beat wife something something

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ni lo escuché pero es bomba

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It's got some great songs; the title track and Jealous Guy are classics and there are a couple of other great songs (How do You Sleep, Oh My Love), but it also has some filler that keeps it from being a 5 in my opinion. 4.5 🌟

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nice

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imagin

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"Imagine", as a song, is very boring and naive, almost detatched from everything Lennon did and would do until his death. But as an album, it's great. "Crippled Inside" is a ironically joyous way to talk about depression, "Jealous Guy" is a great exercise of how bad man can be to their lovers, one of Lennon's biggest personal struggles, "Gimme Some Truth" is a political anthen to this day, "How Do You Sleep?" was a great way to put out all of his anger towards Paul McCartney, and so on. A great piano rock album, overall.

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Pros: - Imagine is probably a top 100 song of all time (right?) so any album that has a top 100 all time song on it should be rated high for atleast bringing that song to the world. - There's a lot of Beatles hangover ideas in here, and it's a cool amalgam of those ideas (the rock-ness early Beatles that comes in "Crippled Inside", a random "and when I hold you in my arms" lyric, the yelling fast psychedelia Beatles sound reiterated on "Gimme Some Truth", etc) and the later John Lennon sound. Cons: Misc: - I feel like there are 4-star albums that are better than this one, so it's a 3.9 for me which I'm rounding to 4.

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An excellent album and probably the solo album of his that sounds the most like the music the Beatles were making when they broke up. There are other John Lennon albums I like more, probably because they're a little more rough around the edges than this one. But it’s a great summary of who John Lennon was as an artist. I always feel weird about the Paul McCartney diss track "How Do You Sleep?" though. I know they had a falling out but it just feels so harsh to rip into Paul like that. It feels petty and needlessly negative, especially after the peace and love message of "Imagine.” "Oh Yoko!" was a big song for me and Dree when we first started dating in college. I put it on a mix CD for her and I'll always associate it with early memories of dating in college and moving in together after graduation. There are a lot of great songs on this album but that one is an easy favorite for sentimental reasons.

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Great album. Imagine, jealous guy, how do you sleep,

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An entire album resting on one song, 3 minutes and 7 seconds in length. At least give it the respect it deserves and capitalize it on the album cover. This isn't a 5 star album, but it's hard to rate it less than 4 given the influence John Lennon has had in the world, especially with this one song. Is this a case of where the hype is actually greater than the output? Perhaps... perhaps......

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4, huge

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Lennon is the best beatle

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4/5. Very strong album by a legend.

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Imagine the music would have if John was still alive. Lennon would have no musical boundaries.

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Interesting experiments with different sounds but executed poorly. Half the tracks come off as beatles b-sides. Still worth giving a second listen in the future. Favorite tracks: Imagine, Crippled Inside

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Lyrics hold some power, but the music isn't fantastic. Maybe should have been released as poetry instead of an album?

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Some great songs, but not the best of the Beatles.

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All things considered, is a decent album. Starts off with the hit of all hits, and then kind of peters out.

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John’s kinda soured for me over the years tbh

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Decent album but for a legendary and hyped artist like Lennon, I can't help but to feel the album is underwhelming.

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Imagine being good

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Imagine if the other songs were as good as the first.

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Listen, I know John Lennon is one of the greatest names to do it, but I can't will myself to fully enjoy this project. It's full of nice sounding songs. That's the best compliment I can give it. Of course I've heard the title track Imagine and that's a truly beautiful song, but it's the only one of that ilk in my opinion. Imagine as an album sounds like the music of yesteryear and that feels a little antiquated to me. People don't make music like this anymore. That's a sentence that can be interpreted very differently depending on who says it. I think that says a lot about my taste and exactly what Imagine by John Lennon is.

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Classic but lots of songs i’m not fond of

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Net so geil wie ich dachte aber schön war's schon

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I've never really bought into solo John Lennon as being such a visionary etc. etc. But, a fine record.

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better than i thought it would be

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Lots of bops

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yoko tres bonne pour ouvrir les rideaux ...point pour elle.lennon est un génie mais pas sur cet album

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John Lennon slowly devolved into a very predictable song-writer from "Strawberry Fields Forever," on. He is super witty and politically powerful in lyrics. He continues some themes from "Plastic One Band," but this is much weaker. One or two hit songs.

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Two all time classics. The last song...

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How Do You Sleep is interesting for sure...

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todas son aceptables, me gustaron algunas y otras no tanto

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Ok Imagine c’est bon, on la chante et on a tous le gout de brailler un peu. On voit aussi que c’est l'inspiration de plein d’artistes à venir dans les années 80-90. Sinon, je commence à me dire que j’aime pas mal plus que je pensais les chanteurs qui utilisent piano/base principalement. John Lennon en fait pas exception. Mention pour It’s So Hard!

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Derivative

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Some nice tracks, but others rather indifferent.

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3/5 good one, some nice songs but ultimately no.

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Classic tracks and some lazy efforts.

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Some wonderful classic songs and some total filler

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I felt weirdly embarissed putting this on while cooking -dunno why maybe I have some negative association with John Lennon? I enjoyed it actually, more varied and upbeat than I was expecting

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Legendary opener Another short album, yay Favorites: Imagine (duh) Jealous Guy

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This was a beautiful rock album from John Lennon, with his very popular title track - Imagine - stealing the show.

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Probably about as close as you’re going to get to a 13th beatles studio album.

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Plätschert vor sich hin

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Odd mixing, strong lyrics and themes.

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The Beatles suck.

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I think I still hold the opinion that 70s John Lennon is a little bit overrated, but this record is pretty good.

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Good - Imagine and Jealous Guy. Meh - the rest.

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Actually much more mediocre than I expected from a legend.

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That one great song, and a lot of random mutterings that are significantly worse than that one song

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The title song is iconic. The rest is meh

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Much of the music is lovely. I cannot personally stand the insipid, saccharine Imagine. The lyrics of Jealous Guy sounds like an apologia for a wife beater (hmmm I wonder why?). And for all the peace and love, the attack on Paul on How Can You Sleep? is pretty vile (but again, the music is lovely, especially George’s guitar work). The production is excellent - Phil Spector! What a bizarre choice - what strange company, in hindsight. It’s endlessly fascinating to me that the magic of The Beatles came from the four collaborating and whilst strong, this solo album doesn’t compare to the band but maybe comes closest.

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2.5

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A bit hit and miss for me.

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Somehow not all that great.

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Inspiring beautiful album of an artist that can tell the story he wants to tell.

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3/5 folky, overhyped me thinks

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Imagine (song) is legendary, but the rest isn't all that great

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Hard work. Sounds like it was recorded behind a mattress.

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Like the sentiment of some of the songs but mostly just fine

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Na da bin ich jetzt ja mal gespannt. Auch hier kenne ich natürlich wieder nur den Titelsong (und Jealous Guy). Gimme Some Truth ist "I am the Walrus" 2.0. Platte ist ok.

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A decent album, but not hiting the best of what I had come to expect

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"Imagine" has to be one of the most overrated songs ever, but the rest of the album holds its own.

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Never really got into the Beatle's Non-Beatles stuff, but I like most of this one

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Obviously hits some real high notes, but other parts are pretty bland

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Decent album but didn’t do a whole lot for me

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Cool cool

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The songs I liked made this album great, but honestly there were some songs that I just couldn't stand.

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title track, obviously a well-known classic. jealous guy feels cheesy, jury’s still out on whether this is good or bad. i think i like it. it’s so hard kinda slaps. same with i don’t wanna be a soldier mama. gimme some truth , okay king, same. oh my love is sweet. how do you sleep is ahead of its time, gooood groove. how and oh yoko lost my interest

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Beautiful, but too simplistic

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The first 3 songs were good but a lot of the album seemed like filler. Lennon is like "LOL, I beat my wife but I can’t help it because I'm just a jealous guy!"

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Solid album

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+/-

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It was ok. I prefer the Beatles.

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It very much sounds like what would happen if you were in the biggest band in the world then thought you could give it a go yourself. It's a good enough album but doesn't hit like the Beatles.

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kind of bland. Huge start with Imagine and then lots of filler.

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Imagine, the song, is not only one of John Lennon’s most iconic tunes, it’s one of the most iconic tunes of the 20th century. The album however, doesn’t back it up. It’s good but not great. Some tracks remind me of Rolling Stones b-sides.

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Good jams overall. A bit whiney and cliche, but when is John Lennon not? Definitely liking his Beatles work more at this moment in time.

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Two excellent ballads cannot save a mediocre album of worse ballads and questionable choices in blues-rock flirtation. Besides, you can't handle the truth, John.

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gg

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It´s a nice album.

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Pretty much what other people have said. Some nice songs, some songs that could’ve been left out. I like the drums on ”I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama”

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Good album overall butJohn Lennon was better with the Beatles. Would give it a 3.5 if I could.

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Well, I was curious if Lennon's solo career was more (of note) than just Imagine. After listening to this that really doesn't seem to be the case. Imagine is a fantastic song. Nothing else on here is in any way noteworthy though. It doesn't sound bad, just completely uninteresting. It's a 3.5 for me, but I'm rounding it down because I don't really remember any of the tracks a couple of minutes after I've finished listening.

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If this album was made by anybody not named John Lennon, you wouldn't think it was especially good. The title track is the highlight and the rest is immediately forgettable.

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I went in with low expectations, considering that I don't particularly care for the title track. I do think that it's the weakest song on the album, which pleasantly surprised me. Right after the title track is Crippled Inside, a bouncy jugband tune. Followed by the standout Jealous Guy, a raw love ballad, and arguably the best song on the album. The second half of the album starts with the fiery, mad-at-the-world Gimme Some Truth, featuring some incredible guitar work from George Harrison. Side B continues with songs with more of the Beatles sound, including Oh My Love, ... How?, and How Do You Sleep? - another highlight of the album, and a very blatant diss track at Paul McCartney. The album ends with the tongue-in-cheek Oh Yoko! and it left me wanting more. My exposure to John's solo music has been the title track, and though I came in with low expectations (and part of me wanting to dislike this album because of John being an abuser), I was pleasantly surprised. I'd give this album a 7 out of 10. On the 5-star scale, it would be a very high 3. Enjoyed it, but not as much as some of my 4-star albums such as Blondie or Jerry Lee Lewis.

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An OK album. Quite bitter. Don't know if I'll be listening it to it all the way through again.

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Some was okay, most was mid

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3.3 - Bland and pretentious. An entitled baby boomer with a hugely inflated sense of self-righteousness. Besides “Imagine”, the song structures sound lazy and the lyrics simplistic (e.g. “My love will turn you on” and “All I want is the truth/Just give me some truth.”)

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Trying to listen to Imagine as if you've never heard it before is pretty difficult. Not least when you have a tone deaf version by a renowned former Israeli squaddie/ murderer of Palestinians and their celeb friends still giving you the creeps. But in truth, it is one of two tracks (with Jealous Guy) on this album that reaches anything approaching the heights of what the Beatles did. It is, uncynically, beautiful. The rest of the album plods in the most boring, American way. One of the best things about the Beatles is that they competed so hard to get the best songs to ensure they made the album that you couldn't get the turgid plod rock of Its So Hard, the dull, Oasis style tribute of Gimme Some Truth or the bitter resent of How Do You Sleep. Without Paul, the sad, bitter, wife beating John Lennon wears his worst traits on his sleeve for all but two tracks. Those two tracks are, however, sublime.

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John Lennon was a star. With the Beatles he had much fame. Then, alone, also. In this album his better songs are "Imagine", "Jealous Guy" and "Oh Yoko!"

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I have a problem with John Lennon's solo albums: on one hand, they include hugely potent material (say, Imagine - what a culture bomb!, Jealous Guy, or Watching the Wheels if we're allowed to increase the scope from this particular album). But on the other hand, these albums are also full of very forgettable material, too. Given we're looking at the albums rather than the individual songs here, I will therefore go with the harsher interpretation.

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Pretty good

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Enjoyed it when I was young, then wasn’t too keen on it, but now I like it again.

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Like imagine, everything else faded into itself

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I was surprised that I only enjoyed three or four tracks. I liked it, but I expected to not hear as many slow tracks.

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Not as great as its reputation might suggest. Controversial??! There are some fine tracks though.

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Fav songs: - How Do You Sleep?

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Cet album était absolument nul, John Lennon ne se présente même pas en tant que meilleur Lennon. On lui préfère en effet Aaron Lennon, l'ailier virevoltant des Tottenham Hotspurs, pourtant loin d'être une référence footballistique.

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J'ai depuis toujours horreur des guerres et autres attentats terroristes pour la simple et bonne raison que pendant les jours qui suivent un tel évènement, un nombre incalculable de chorales de connards va s'en donner à cœur joie pour nous matraquer les oreilles à coup d'« Imagine all the people » emplis de niaiserie. Laissez-nous tranquille.

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Some of this was blah, 70s folky shit. But there were some decent tunes. Bit of a surprise

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Not particularly impressive - reminiscent of my least favourite tracks Let It Be.

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Iconisch album, maar viel me niet onmiddellijk in de smaak

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I only knew the 2 big songs from this album. It's decent enough. Still with the heavy Beatles vibe. Stand out tracks - I don't wanna be a soldier mama Jealous Guy Imagine

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Five important Lennon solo song ; Jealous Guy, Gimme Some Truth, How Do You Solo, How, and his signature song, Imagine. A mixture of protest songs, primal scream truth-telling, and pop fancies. Straightforward production with a crack band, tastefully under-playing, and really lovely string arrangements. Thanks god Lennon vetoed the record company's desire to release Oh Yoko! as a single. Nothing against Yoko, but this song is noticeably more pop than the rest of the record, and a little out of place. The thing I really noticed about this record is how honest Lennon often is. listening to Jealous Guy, he is saying things in a a blunt, unvarnished way that I find hard to believe that the biggest pop star in the world would put on a record for all to hear. he is really laying himself open on this record. That said, is Imagine a slightly tone-deaf plea of a multi-millionaire eschewing material possessions? easy to say, if you're rolling in it, mate.

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I have always loathed the song Imagine. This hatred, I understand, is very common. Both on its own and considered within cultural context, Imagine cheesegrates the sensibilities of anyone with a scraping of taste, reason or heart. It rhymes "one" with "one", just as a starter. The melody is basic past the point of banality (and it was used better on Jealous Guy, which in any case was performed better by Roxy Music: you really need Bryan Ferry for that blue, wistful saudade atmosphere, that's what he gets up in the morning for). A millionaire ensconced in his mansion asks us to "imagine no possessions"; presumably he imagined no possessions, as he could just buy whatever he wanted. One can defend its simplistic, naïve messaging as wilfully childlike and idealistic (in fairness, it does retort "You may say that I'm a dreamer"), but that just underscores its infantile, playground view of politics; also, as adults, aren't our political values meant to be taken from sources a bit more substantial than 3-minute hippy anthems? Yet the inherent irksomeness of Imagine has become exponentiated to an emetic degree by its overbearance in culture. Remember Gal Gadot and her celebrity pals trying to bring the world together in the early days of Covid by singing Imagine over their phones? I just tried putting it on Youtube, but I was genuinely too scared to hit play. Imagine is, of course, mountainously smug, but Gal et al. create a planet of smugness in 3 minutes, whereas that slowpoke God had to take a day to make the earth (although he did also make the heavens and light that day too, so he took a third of a day to make the earth, maybe?). That is one especially charmless sample from a smorgasbord of mortifying celebrity versions of Imagine. Want another? Cee-Lo Green's take on Imagine changes the most interesting line "and no religion too" to "and all religions too", managing the dubious achievement of making Imagine even more inane and unchallenging. About the only by-product of Imagine of any merit is when Oasis stole it for the beginning of Don't Look Back in Anger, which is still the best of beery singalongs at closing time. Still, I'm here to review an album, not one song, and the album is properly weird. It does have the apparent virtue of authenticity, of John Lennon making an honest John Lennon album, but an honest John Lennon album is not an album around which the cult of John Lennon was consecrated. Now, if you want John doing songs that sound like Beatles off-cuts, you have Crippled Inside's jaunty cynicism (George Harrison plays on 5 of the songs). Gimme Some Truth provides you with your fix of vinyl-thin political protest. If happy-clappy hippy sentimentality is your bag, man, then aside from Imagine you cool cats should dig Oh My Love, though I wonder if it's possible not to laugh at the lines "I see the wind / I see the trees". I'm So Hard is yer boilerplate bluesy rocker, and I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier Mama is yer standard jam that goes on just a tad too long. But if none of these styles really satisfy, the weaknesses of John Lennon's songwriting emerge like a magic-eye picture. In particular, much of his lyricism is unintentionally comical. "Oh Yoko, my love will turn you on" ends in perhaps the three worst words imaginable in that situation (seriously, do you want that image rattling around your head?). "How can I go forward when I don't know which way to turn?" only makes sense if John is driving a car. I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier Mama has its die/fly/cry/lie rhymes, making you wonder if John don't wanna be a launderer mama, he don't wanna dry, John don't wanna be a salesman mama, he don't wanna ply, John don't wanna be a psychic mama, he don't wanna scry... (make up your own, kids!) But the best song on the album also makes for the most uncomfortable listening (well, aside from the excruciating Imagine). How Do You Sleep? shows us the angry, resentful and vindictive John Lennon, his ire generated by and thrust at Paul McCartney. Brief backstory: with the fallout of the Beatles' break-up, the courts had gotten involved, and John made a few disparaging asides about his former bandmates in interviews. Macca then, on his album Ram, recorded Too Many People, which featured a few mild jabs at Lennon, then took out an ad parodying John and Yoko's bagism by showing Macca and Linda dressed as clowns (I would say Macca probably meant this as a joke, albeit perhaps a little unwise in the midst of the legal farrago). This caused Lennon to revert to his most splenetic in How Do You Sleep?, barraging Macca as a middling chancer bolstered by sycophants who will ditch him now the talent (i.e., John) has disappeared. The thing is, the song works: the wordplay is clever and intentionally funny ("The only thing you done was yesterday", "The sound you make is musak to my ears"), and Phil Spector's strings reinforce the groove of the Wurlitzer and slide guitar (George Harrison again). But the rancour John displays only unsettles the listener, like a glimpse of, well, an exceptionally bitter argument between a divorcing couple (Ringo visited the recording of this song and found it upsetting, believing justifiably that John had gone too far). As for its place on the album, it frankly demolishes all the peace-and-love affectations the rest of the album tries to volunteer, implying that John the ambassador of peace was hiding John the brute spoiling for a fight, and all it took for that metamorphosis to occur was a slight dig and three pints of bad cider. In summation, Imagine qualifies as the quintessential John Lennon record, but that is very much a backhanded compliment. It has all that's stimulating about John Lennon's music, and all that's tiresome. Whether you find Imagine inspiring or exasperating is your prerogative. Personally, I don't find John Lennon, or Imagine, that interesting. The songs tend to be just okay, with one notable atrocity, and the best song is unrepresentative of the album and itself a disconcerting listen. Much of the curiosity this album fosters is due to its historical circumstances: the break-up of the Beatles and the curdling of hippy utopianism. By the by, I write this in 2022. Since in recent times we have witnessed a worldwide resurgence of nationalism and religiosity, along with marked increases in inequality and the entrenchment of consumer capitalism ("imagine there's no smartphone / I wonder if you can"), doesn't that mean that the legacy of Imagine is illusory, and that the judgement of history is that John Lennon was a tosser?

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Uninspiring outside of a few songs

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Musically a fine album, garbage human though.

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Barely

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Not keen. I love his work in The Beatles but his solo stuff leaves me cold.

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1971: Imagine, Jealous Guy

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Mostly-fine soft-rock. The massive overexposure of the title track does it no favors, and neither do the other string arrangements in its vein. Slightly overwrought and in need of more vocal harmony or weirder arrangements or both.

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Lennon oli keskinkertainen yksin, jos sitäkään.

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RIP Gammie

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Yksi biisi...

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Ehhhhhh

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Meh. Okay. I'm just not really a fan I guess.

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Expected more in the songwriting department from John on this one. Lyrics veer way too repetitive and obvious, instrumentation could use a boost of originality and harkens back to Beatle days.

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4 songs and boy that's a tough one. I'm not enjoying it at all this far. Welp. One good song only. Album is pretty meh overall.

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Pretty chill.

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J'aurais aimé donné un 2.5 Quand il essaie de sortir de son style habituel, j'aime pas trop ça. Mais quand il reste avec ses ptites chansonettes il est bon. J'irais le voir au pub si la grosse pinte est à 2 pour 1.

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Vapid at times, but had some good pop bones when Lennon gets over himself.

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Bon cet évaluation m’a étonné, je m’attendais à un album que les gens qualifie de mythique d’une legende du rock pour être déçu à mort. Mais non, c’est l’album d’un Londonnien qui a été trop longtemps dans le midwest et qui s’est mis à chanter des chansons de cowboys. À part imagine, les autres tounes sont d’une légèreté subjuguante. Je lévite, la vibe mid west, j’ai le goût d’aller dans le Kentucky, le Misouris, le Tenessee Je l’évite oh my love et imagine, des tounes plates et qui ne goûte pas les ribs et le bourbon

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Didn't enjoy, doesn't help the main tune is really overplayed

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Not bad, but not great. 1RS

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Honestly, what is the fuss over this guy.

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Some gold plated hits, a few pleasant country rock foot tappers and some introspective songs which are more a vehicle for Lennon's lyrics. A little disappointing overall.

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2|10

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You know what, i didn't like it. Obviously imagine is an important and great song, but outside of that, if i was a Beatles fan and they broke up, I would be disappointed with this solo effort.

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kill john lennon kill john lennon This was kinda mid, another one of those albums (like the Dolly Parton one) where the title track is far and away the best and outshines everything, especially given its placement as the first song of the album. This dragged on and I had no interest in listening more than twice. Imagine is still a really good song tho

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Not very good tbh.

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It would appear my impression of mediocrity for the Beatles carries over to their solo discographies. It’s just that, mediocre.

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ok....sono stato un pò influenzato dalla notizia che mi ha dato Daniele...però adesso non riesco a non sentirlo come un coglione. Escludendo il pezzo in cui ammette di picchiare le donne ma il resto mi sembra comunque banale. Se canta "How can I feel something if I just don't know how to feel?" sembrano parole buttate lì tanto per fare il fenomeno e tutto il disco mi arriva un pò così. Un manifesto dell'essere boomer. Anche la produzione in realtà non è che mi abbia proprio entusiasmato. Voto = 2.5.

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Non sono mai stato un fan di John Lennon e, dai lo dico, secondo me Imagine ad oggi è una canzonetta. Sicuramente è uno di quei pezzi molto legato al contesto storico, quando è uscita faceva un altro effetto, forse perché il contenuto sembrava più verosimile. Comunque l'ho trovato sicuramente il pezzo più debole dell'album. Sono rimasto colpito negativamente dalla produzione che, adesso che ho più dimestichezza col sound '70, ho trovato davvero pessima (ma perché all'inizio il piano di Imagine è mono e poi diventa stereo a caso quando parte la voce?). Gli altri pezzi non sono niente di particolare, qualcuno mi è piaciuto di più tipo "I Don't Wanna be a Soldier Mama" e mi è piaciuto molto il fatto che uno dei pezzi si chiama "How do you sleep?" e quello subito dopo "How?", ma diciamo che non è un album che riascolterò. Per me è un 2.5 ma 3 mi sembra troppo e 2 mi sembra un po' poco ma meno di quanto 3 mi sembra troppo.

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I Beatles secondo me rappresentano quel fenomeno dove il tutto è stato più della somma delle singole parti (affermazione opinabile) e in quest'album, il caro John Lennon, pur essendo messaggero di pace e amore, ha fatto i conti con i propri limiti. Il risultato è un album mediocre a tratti country, boogie woogie, rock 'n' roll, folk, ballate.. Fa un po' di tutto, ma fatto male. "Imagine" nemmeno la considero, sono troppo influenzato dall'uso spropositato di questa canzone dei media, non posso dire che faccia schifo comunque. L'unica canzone che per me è passabile, ripeto, passabile, è "Jealous Boy". Non sento di essere così severo da dare 1, anche se musicalmente secondo me forse lo merita, do un 2 perché fondamentalmente era rincoglionito e in buona fede, probabilmente ci credeva veramente.

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“Imagine” by John Lennon (1971) When this album was released in 1971, teenage music lovers like me filed in to the metaphorical world auditorium in respectful lockstep, reverently silent, hushed before the opening track, inhaling half a breath then holding it—this was, after all, John Lennon. No one was disappointed by the first song, the title track “Imagine”, with its unsurprising yet inspiring theme of world peace, universal love, shared prosperity, and a hopeful feeling of fellowship, transcending transcendence itself. Then the album kinda went to crap. We began to smell an odor we had never smelled before. By the end of the record, the stink had a name—sanctimony. Now don’t get me wrong, it was very well executed sanctimony. But it was a sanctimony that most of us did not want to hear from a working class hero like John Lennon. We were used to the first-person anger, iconoclasm, and individualized angst (from the far superior album John Lennon Plastic Ono Band), but now, on Imagine, he was preaching at us, telling us how to think and act, transitioning from truly artful expressions of his own personal hatred of God to a demand for us to dispense with God (and country) as well. I grew uncomfortable. Within four years I had joined the Navy, started college (history major), and found Jesus. It wasn’t until much later that I discerned that Lennon’s challenge on this album to abandon metaphysics and political identity was deceptive. He was, knowingly or not, enticing his audience to commit to an uncritical exchange of one metaphysical/political worldview for another. It was naive and dangerous. And it was effective. Too much Marx and not enough Confucius. Lennon’s love for Yoko Ono (“Oh My Love” and “Oh Yoko”) is both embarrassingly transparent and powerfully explanatory. But his insensitivity toward the handicapped and his unreflective attitude of white privilege (“Crippled Inside”) could stand deconstruction [Malcolm X had already made it clear, before CRT, that you should be judged by the color of your skin, John. You’re white.] Plus, his rude and nakedly vindictive slam of Paul McCartney (“How Do You Sleep?”) is lacking both humility and maturity. Now there are some fine musical performances here, from George Harrison’s heavenly electric and slide guitar to Klaus Voorman’s solid bass, to orchestral backings by members of the New York Philharmonic (humorously dubbed “Flux Fiddlers”). But Lennon’s overly-dazzled and under-informed ego dominates. The album (and song) “Imagine” has attained the status of an anthem. I think I’ll take a knee. 2/5

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I am not a huge John Lennon fan, and I think a lot of this was pretty overwrought.

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Found it mostly pretty musically dry, and the production didn't blow me away. Didn't mind a couple of tracks, but found a lot of it uninteresting.

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Un par de temas top y no mucho mas

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Not terrible but takes a hard nosedive after Imagine

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Not great imho. Not bad, but just not something I’d want to listen to.

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oh yoko är kanske den sämsta sången jag nånsin hört,,, vad pinsamt.

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As a friend described it's "perfume floating in a man's hat kind of stuff"

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I just find John Lennon so pretentious on his own. It’s so hard to enjoy his solo work, because he just seems like such a prick.

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Hmmm, John Lennon eh? I like the titular track but the rest I could take or leave

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Overrated 2

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Not for me

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Oh come on, fuck the cult of John Lennon. This is pretty boring, too. Just really bland. 2/5.

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Don't get me wrong. I love the Beatles. I like a lot of what Lennon did solo. But this album. The videos that went along with it. All it did was make me hate Yoko Ono more. I can't stomach her.

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Album was a lot worse than I expected. A couple of good songs but mostly pretty boring. Can't imagine writing a song like "How Do You Sleep?" or "Jealous Guy" and then actually releasing them for everyone to hear. Pretty embarrassing.

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Already listened

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Everyone knows the namesake track from a mini age, but I don’t think I knew any other tracks. Could be telling, or could be one to grow on me later.

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No good.

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Not one song made it to the playlist. Maybe I only like songs I've heard before? Didn't pay much attention to the lyrics, though -- was doing other things.

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ah, não..... "imagine" é uma musica muito chata... detesto

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