Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band – Take Me to the Land of Hell

The avant-garde musician has been better known as the widow of John Lennon. So much so that we sometimes forget that she makes music. Obviously people within the music industry do not as whenever she makes an album (which is infrequently) there is bound to be some impressive guest appearances. On the track club music sounding “Bad Track” the two surviving members of The Beastie Boys, Mike D and Ad-Rock, and Questlove turn up. As you might expect her son and able guitarist Sean Lennon is featured on the song “Cheshire Cat” but so does Lenny Kravitz. Many music fans suppress a laugh when Yoko Ono is brought up as many do not think she is very talented. She is chided as just cashing in on the Lennon name as all she does is shriek and make noise. Listen to tracks “Take Me to the Land of Hell” and “Watching the Dawn” with an open mind you will see that there is something interesting there. As she is more artist than musician it is tough to describe her sound. Each song on the album has its own distinct style and sound. Abstract and surreal is as close as I can come. Ono seems to understand that the band’s forte is not her voice so she is happy to use spoken word or remain in the background a good percentage of the time. She is eighty-years-old and still doing her thing critics be damned.

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