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4.6 out of 5 stars
Walls And Bridges
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on 19 June 2018
It has been a thing, since this album’s release, to criticise it, like its predecessor, the underrated “Mind Games” by saying “it only has a few good tracks on it”. I disagree, there is some good material on here.

“Going Down On Love” is lyrically sparse, I guess, but it has a quirky appeal, with Lennon showing what a naughty lad he was by referencing a sex act and hoping no-one would notice, and a good bongo percussion bit. The rousing saxophone-dominated “Whatever Gets You Through The Night” was a fine choice for a single (a number one in the USA). “Old Dirt Road” is a typical slow, thoughtful Lennon song, that would have fitted on the previous album. “What You Got” is a heady, funked-up number with Lennon in trademark throat-straining voice. “Bless You” is a beautiful, slower number as indeed is “Scared”. Lennon has been criticised on this album for lacking direction and conviction. These two tracks would seem to disprove that theory, full of sensitive, personal lyrics and musically mature, too.

“Number 9 Dream” is a stimulating, ethereal piece of classic 70s Lennon, with a great vocal, Beatles-style string-heavy orchestration and bizarre, non-sensical unknown language chorus - “ah bawakawa pousse, pousse”. It works, though. “Surprise Surprise” is a rock and saxophone romp with the sort of sound George Harrison used on his “All Things Must Pass” album. “Steel And Glass” sees Lennon railing at someone (hopefully not McCartney again! Apparently it was a rant at an ex-manager) Indeed, it sounds like it would not be out of place on the “Imagine” album, sounding a bit like “How Do You Sleep?” in places.

“Beef Jerky” is an instrumental jam, but an invigorating one at that. “Nobody Loves You When You’re Down And Out” is somewhat self-pitying and indulgent, as Lennon was certainly not down and out, he just lost a weekend. No big deal, get over it.

I have always had a bit of a problem with the sound on this album - too tinny in my opinion.

However, the 2002 remaster is much bassier and full than the thin, jarring 2010 remaster.
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on 19 February 2018
What can I say , A fantastic Lennon album which sounds so fresh, Contains Dream #9 ,whatever gets you through the night, you dont know what you got. This is one of Mr Lennon's great solo albums ,Recommended with bells on
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on 5 April 2011
I bought this CD of 'Walls and Bridges' to replace a cassette that no longer plays. What a joy to hear it again. I feared my fondness for it might have been coloured by long bibulous sunburned Seventies summers on the beach. Au contraire; what a fine work this is. I had not remembered it as such an angry album, but so it is. He explores anger, jealousy and pain in a beautiful and measured way, while not forgetting to ... erhm ... rock on. I think this is better than 'Imagine'.

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on 12 April 2018
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on 7 May 2018
Wonderful album Gives be the chance to give my 44 year old copy a deserved rest
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on 10 October 2015
Great album, one of his best. Comes in a card case rather than plastic case, but at the price no complaints. Great album, great value.
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on 3 August 2013
In my opinion this is the best john lennon solo album,i prefer this by a small margin to imagine and plastic ono band.
where ese can you find such songs as steel and glass,number 9,going down on love,bless you old dirt road?
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on 9 March 2016
Great album but cheap cardboard packaging instead of plastic case. No paper insert to protect CD and no autorip for when it gets scratched. Expensive.
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on 31 December 2015
Great album
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on 23 November 2014
One of the best Albums he has ever made.Miss you John.
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