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5.0 out of 5 stars Hellishly good!, 3 Oct 2013
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A. Sweeney "I don't care what you call me" (Brighton, East Sussex) - See all my reviews
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What a great album.

I realise that this isn't a very fashionable view and it's much easier to make Yoko a figure of fun than to review her work seriously, but the world's general view about Yoko Ono and her creative output are usually quite unfair. She and the people she surrounds herself with (such as son Sean, Yuka Honda and all her special guests such as Questlove and Lenny Kravitz) are fantastic musicians and true artists who are focused on nothing other than creating challenging, thoughtful material. This enjoyable piece of work is a continuation of a particularly rich run of form and "Take Me To The Land Of Hell" is an eclectic, creative, brilliant album. The rhythms, instrumentation, lyrics and beats are as inspired and vital as any other album released this year, much more so than most of the mainstream artists you will hear on contemporary radio.

Let's face it, Yoko's quite an incredible lady. Eighty years old, continuing to make music, working with artists half a decade younger than her and she's to continuing to push the boundaries and produce original, engaging music. It's probably disrespectful to describe her as being a bit bonkers, but every great artist sees the world in an individual way and interprets and expresses it in a manner that interests and challenges their audience, so the fact that Yoko continually surprises and amuses is a completely good thing. Of course, Sean Ono Lennon is one of the major creative forces behind this album and he has yet to receive the critical and artistic praise his talents deserve, but I am sure that his ability, craftsmanship and artistry will be recognised in years to come.

There's a nice mix of upbeat songs and more measured numbers, with dance music, avant-garde rock and emotional ballads on offer. Yoko's voice can be quite divisive amongst listeners, but I prefer to enjoy what she does with what she's been gifted with and to listen to what she's saying and how she's delivering it, rather than focusing on her technical ability. I'm not going to claim that this is the best album I've heard all year, but it's certainly one of the most interesting and if you're interested enough in Yoko's work to be reading this review, then you should take a chance because you will probably enjoy this album a lot more than you'd expect to. I've spent my life listening to people knocking Ono for so many reasons and, although I haven't always enjoyed all of her work, she is currently making music that not only holds its own alongside most contemporary artists, but teaches them a thing or two as well.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yoko strong as ever and 80 years old - beat that, you young punks!, 17 Nov 2013
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Jens Christian Larsen (Copenhagen) - See all my reviews
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Incredible album, wise, funny, experimenting and thoughtful. Clever, and a with a strong feeling of gratitude for life despite the world we live in. Yoko is a clever lady! Bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as her previous album, 9 Jun 2014
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This isn't only a album for yoko's fans. To listen to this album, also as her previous one, it's a good way to start to know Yoko Ono. It's a soft, poetry and confident album by a true veteran music.
I strongly recommend to anybody who likes to explore the musical world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 30 Mar 2014
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Andrew Aldridge (London, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I don't have all of Yoko's albums by any means but of what I've heard this is by far the best. Very original and refined. Watching The Dawn is so touching, Cheshire Cat so funky; there's a real fusion of styles here and the Plastic Ono Band is in great form. Well done Yoko!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Yoko Classic, 21 Jun 2014
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Classic Yoko, interesting, sometimes baffling, sometimes annoying but always a top class act. No new ground broken on this album but it is nevertheless wonderful to hear such a strong work from her.
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