Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ono, it's Yoko! Again!

I've always had a strained relationship with Yoko Ono's music. Always strikes me as grating, often weird just for the sake of being weird, and her voice isn't exactly mellifluous. If she weren't ever related to John Lennon, I probably wouldn't have checked out her music beyond a song or two, and certainly not followed her career for 40 years and counting. In all this time, she's only recorded a few tracks that I find accessible enough to listen to more than once.

But now there's an exception: The first track off of her new album, Between My Head And The Sky, is called "Waiting for the D Train" and it rocks (and swings). That bass is kickin!

Waiting for the D Train, Amazon MP3

The past is forgiven, Yoko! Your crazy ululating vocals are perfect for this track, and Sean Lennon jamming on the guitar just makes it all the better. Makes me happy to see them carrying on in such an unruly way. (At 76 years old, how many other women are doing crazy sh*t like this?) Give her credit!

Yoko on Jimmy Fallon Show

As for the rest of the album, I can't say it's a "keeper" but it is certainly consistent within her sonic universe. Some songs are simple and poetic, like "Feel The Sand" and "Healing," where she urges "Let's put all the sad songs together and change the negative energy, to create a beautiful future." Hippy sentiments, yes, but regardless of your feelings about Ms. Ono, you could say a lot worse things in a song.

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