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Wonderfully written and sung
Imagine - John Lennon
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Imagine - John Lennon
Advantages: Beautiful, though-provoking, catchy, meaningful
Disadvantages: More commercial than The Plastic Ono Band
'Imagine' is one album that I will never be tired of hearing. The title track is quite possibly the best song ever written. The whole album is wonderful and no song lets the album down at all. 'Imagine' the album is brilliantly constructed, powerful and consistently catchy.
John Lennon is rock music's biggest tragedy, but it's important to think about him in what he achieved in his life. Imagine is a very personal album, he really his spilling his soul in many of his song, especially Jealous Guy.
1) Imagine is such a beautifully simple song, with such inspiring lyrics and a dreamy tune it's easily one of the best ever written.
2) Crippled Inside flows so well from Imagine, starting with 15 seconds or so of gentle yet upbeat acoustic guitar. The song evolves to be amazingly catchy while also having meaning. My favourite part of the song is:
"You can go to church and sing a hymn
You can judge me by the colour of my skin
You can live a lie until you die
One thing you can't hide
Is when you're crippled inside"
This is a very powerful grouping of statements about humans. Far too many people "go to church and sing a hymm" and convince themselves that it's all you have to do to be a good person. That it's okay to "judge people by the color of [their] skin" or other similar things because you are a respectable Christian. And you can go through your life living a lie, but he then you just die and you've missed out on so much you could have experienced. You can never stop feeling the way you feel or being the way you are.
For this reason, I really love this song. The lyrics are so passionate, yet without paying attention you could easily not notice what he is saying for listening to the marvelous tune.
3) Jealous Guy is the song in which Lennon let himself be so brutally honest. He approached it from such a wonderful angle, the lyrics so fresh and emotional, the tune so idyllic. Lennon's voice is so suited to the song, he brings a certain texture to it, that none of the countless cover versions I've heard have.
Many believe the song is John apologising to Yoko because, shortly after they got together, he asked her to write a list of all the people she'd slept with, while others think it's about his first wife, Cynthia who he never treated very well.
Whichever is correct, 'Jealous Guy' deserves to be right up there with 'Imagine'. Sure, it's not about the world and it's problems, he makes the listener aware that he has his faults too, and he's not too caught up in world peace to care about those close to him.
4) 'It's So Hard' is a really groovy song that makes you want to sing along. Basically about life, and what people expect you to do in it being really hard. Everyone can relate to this song.
5) 'I Don't Wanna Be A Solider Mama' is a song about the pointless loss of life that war is. He touches on other things, such as lawyers just have 'lie' in believeable ways to be a good lawyer. Also very catchy.
6) 'Give Me Some Truth' is the ultimate protest song. Just as relevent today as it was when it was written, with streams of insults without pausing for a breath and the repetion of "All I want is the truth, just give me some truth" makes for a very powerful stand against "neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians" and the like. A great song to get you in the political mood.
7) 'Oh My Love' is a truly beautiful love song. In my opinion, the best love song ever, and is totally underrated. It's about your life being made so much better my falling in love with your soulmate, better than you ever imagined you could possibly feel.
8) 'How Do You Sleep?' is, a first glance, an obvious attack on Paul McCartney, a fellow ex-Beatle (The only thing you done was Yesterday, Those freaks was right when they said you was dead[ a reference to the "Paul is Dead hoax] etc). At the time their was a great deal of resentment between Lennon and McCartney and although some may say this song is simply a petty attack on a friend after a falling-out, it has to be acknowledged that it has a pretty decent tune and the the song is well written.
However, Lennon later admitted that he had realised over time that the song was actually more about himself. He felt insecure and was channelling his anger at Paul.
9) 'How?' is a heartbreaking ballad. The tune is okay, but the lyrics are better.
10) 'Oh, Yoko!' is a happy song to finish the album which is obviously dedicated to his wife, Yoko.
Summary: Beautifully constucted, everyone should have this album