This is John Lennon’s first solo album though he did release two albums prior with Yoko Ono that were considered experimental. It’s at #23 on Rolling Stones’ list of Greatest Albums of All Time. Lennon went through primal therapy requiring him to experience childhood traumas that contributed to the lyrical content of this album. Many critics talked highly of his debut solo release.
The sound is a tad different than The Beatles, but more like the sound of them than George Harrison’s release was. Personally, I did like the sound of the music on this album, but I’m still thinking through the lyrics. I think he was passionate about his work, and once you begin listening to the guys solo work after The Beatles you can see how they contributed to the band in some form. I can see the appeal in the sound of this music though. It’s very upbeat, and at times has an equal balance of somberness.
Rating 3 of 5.