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John Lennon/Yoko Ono
"Milk And Honey"
© Polydor Records
Year of Release: 1983
I'm Stepping Out
I Don't Wanna Face It
Don't Be Scared
Nobody Told Me
O' Sanity (Yoko Ono)
Your Hands (Yoko Ono)
Let Me Count The Ways
Grow Old With Me
You're The One
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"Milk And Honey"
John Lennon was already creating new music after his 1980 release of
Double Fantasy. He hadn't recorded any new material since 1975.
Sadly, John Lennon was assassinated on December 8, 1990 by Mark David Chapman,
and the dream of a Beatles reunion was destroyed, as Beatle fans mourned the
death of one of the greatest singer/songwriters in music history. Heavily
influenced by many artists that followed, John Lennon's influence is still
heard in music today. (The lastest releases by Cracker and Flaming Lips,
to name a few)...
John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono released Milk And Honey, an album
of John Lennon and Yoko Ono songs that were similar to the Double Fantasy
album, where solo songs by Lennon and Yoko were alternating throughout the
album. Arguably so, many felt that the album should have had just the Lennon
compositions, since Yoko Ono's voice and music may not be well-liked by the
music media, critics and fans. But Lennon's love for his wife was well-known,
as both Lennon and Yoko shared their lives together in happiness and peace.
The Lennon songs on Milk And Honey are quite impressive. "I'm
Stepping Out" is a great song to start off the album, as Lennon had finally
stepped out of the private life, and recording once again. "I Don't Wanna
Face It" is another good tune, blending with "I'm Stepping Out,"
and "Nobody Told Me" is simply a Lennon classic.
Lennon's "Borrowed Time" has a slight reggae feel, and it's upbeat
bouncy melody has Lennon writing songs in a different style. And with the line
"Living on Borrowed Time," it's eerie that Lennon would not be living
much longer after this song was recorded. "(Forgive Me) My Little Princess"
is another upbeat, yet jazzy tune that again, has Lennon in another musical
Yoko Ono's "Sleepless Night" has a different kind of pop feel, than
her famous screeching (what would become influences for punk music). "Don't
Be Scared" is a very impressive tune, and has a more reggae feel. "O'
Sanity" could have been a better tune, if it wasn't so short, just clocking
in over a minute.
"Your Hands" has the wailing voice (yet not screeching on this one),
of Yoko Ono, and she has some vocal help from Lennon. These types of songs
is best described to Yoko Ono as a "different" musical artist: Avant-garde
to some, Punk-influencing to the rest. Her voice is unique on the last track,
"You're The One," yet it has a 1980s pop sound, and could be compared
to the later years of David Byrne and Talking Heads.
Yoko's "Let Me Count The Ways" is quite pleasant, with just her
voice and piano. In this style, the next song is truly remarkable, by Lennon --
"Grow Old With Me" -- This song is a must for weddings, and is truly
one of the most beautiful songs written, both musically and lyrically.
It is so sad, that Lennon had to be taken away from us in the most tragic
way. At the time, he had started recording again, and we can only imagine
the future years that could of have been filled with more of his music, and
a possible Beatles reunion. Lennon's music with and without the Beatles has
a major impact on artists who have become popular, and will always become
an influence to many generations, decades, and millenniums to come.
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