“Mind Games” by John Lennon - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1973Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

Another largely namby-pamby effort from an ex-Beatle; why do they all revel in conservative safe beat music? That said, the safe beat opener “Mind Games” gets pass marks on account of the fact it has an enjoyable mellow-vibe, with a descending chord sequence that puts me in mind of “Whiter Shade Of Pale” and comes complete with a make-love-not-war message - who can argue with that? Side one also boasts a rather fab stab at warmongers, “Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple)”; “Well you were caught with your hands in the kill, And you still got to swallow your pill, As you slip and you slide down the hill, On the blood of the people you killed, Stop the killing now!”. Complementing the piece, the session men find a great groove and stick with it doggedly, 'Sneaky Pete' Kleinow's pedal steel guitar adding a cherry on top of a nicely-baked cake. We're into silly season as “Nutopian International Anthem” closes the side with recorded silence. Nil points (but discounted in the album rating so no harm done). Nothing competes on side two as the LP drifts away MOR style. Where's that “Twist n Shout” / “Tomorrow Never Knows” / “Revolution” spirit gone?

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [04:13] 5.7.png John Lennon - Mind Games (John Lennon) Pop Ballad
A2 [03:37] 4.1.png John Lennon - Tight A$ (John Lennon) Country
A3 [04:44] 3.9.png John Lennon - Aisumasen (I’m Sorry) (John Lennon) Pop Ballad
A4 [03:09] 2.3.png John Lennon - One Day (At A Time) (John Lennon) Pop
A5 [04:12] 7.0.png John Lennon - Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple) (John Lennon) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
A6 [00:03] 0.0.png John Lennon - Nutopian International Anthem (John Lennon, Yoko Ono) Novelty
B1 [03:08] 4.0.png John Lennon - Intuition (John Lennon) Pop
B2 [03:23] 4.6.png John Lennon - Out The Blue (John Lennon) Pop Ballad
B3 [03:23] 3.3.png John Lennon - Only People (John Lennon) Pop
B4 [03:49] 3.0.png John Lennon - I Know (I Know) (John Lennon) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
B5 [04:08] 3.3.png John Lennon - You Are Here (John Lennon) Pop
B6 [02:45] 3.1.png John Lennon - Meat City (John Lennon) Soft Rock / A.O.R.

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