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Hands down - Yoko's best album (for me!),
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This review is from: Feeling The Space (Audio CD)
Hands down this is, I think, Yoko's best album. Most people think of Yoko Ono as some kind of screeching Banshee (or as Joan Rivers put it - Yoko Ono sounds like Satan playing his records backwards!). With this album, right from the opener, the lyrics are clear, "noise" is kept at a minimum, and Yoko's style and vocal range shines through.
Growing Pain ends in a lush wall of flute and soft drums, Yellow Girl (Stand by for Life) could quite easily be a show tune from the 70's - whilst feminist in it's lyrics, it's delivery has a subtle humour to it. Then before we think this is going to be a laid back affair, we go to Coffin Car, which sounds like it's from Joni Mitchell's Hejira album (and surely one of the best titles for a song!), straight into Woman of Salem - for me the stand out track on the album. If you've heard Kate Bush's 80's Waking the Witch, it sounds like 80's music. Woman of Salem is a masterpiece - it mixes piano music with a deep rhythm, ending in Yoko's soft spoken shouts - nothing to hurt the ears here, but it makes you stand up and listen. This could quite happily be on a recent album and not be out of place....
The album gets a little more angry with Woman Power, but it's not in your face. You can listen to this album as a feminist album, or as just a great album which sounds great. Men, Men, Men is naughty and great fun. Tongue in Cheek stuff.
Give this 4 stars - haven't given it 5 as I think as with everything, there is always room for improvement. Perhaps it could do with more stand-out tracks (as per Approximately Infinite Universe), but the advantage with Feeling the Space I think, is that the whole album works as one, rather than 14 songs just put on there in no particular order - the whole thing has a flow.
I would definately give this a go - I believe you will be quite rightly, surprised and impressed!