Nobody Told Me

Listening to Walls and Bridges the other day made me want to listen to more John Lennon, and I started digging around a little and I found Milk and Honey. I haven’t listened to this record in what has to have been a decade. I forgot this record existed. I forgot these songs existed. And, oh wow, these are some of John Lennon’s best songs, and I forgot how great they were. The record was recorded around the same time as the acclaimed Double Fantasy,  but put together and released by Yoko Ono several years after Lennon was killed. I guess there’s this expectation that posthumous releases don’t count as ‘real albums,’ and yeah, a lot of dead artists have suffered the indignity of having their crappiest demos thrust out into the world by unscrupulous record companies and/or greedy relatives. In this case though, the record was nearly complete at the time of Lennon’s death, and the only reason its release was held back by several years was because it was too painful for Yoko to deal with. When she finally did, though, she not only finished the older demos, she also recorded new material, making sure the final result didn’t sound half-baked or hastily thrown together. Contrary to popular belief, Yoko’s songs are good, though the contrast between her weirdness and John’s more meat-and-potatoes rock and roll can be jarring. I find some of her songs reminiscent of Bjork, whose music did not exist at the time. Yoko pulled it together really well, all in all, and I’d say it deserves to be remembered as one of the team’s stronger collaborations.


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