John Lennon – Mind Games (1973)

I’m not particular familiar with John Lennon’s discography, neither his solo career nor his work with The Beatles, but I found “Mind Games” instantly poignant and memorable. Lennon’s vocals are arresting without being particularly polished, which grounds the album in a certain palpable humanity that transcends the music and its lyrics. The title track is an emotionally strained masterpiece of course, but the album also has terrific tracks like “Aisumasen (I’m Sorry),” “Bring On the Lucie (Freda People)” and the earworm-worthy “Intuition.” Even from my limited exposure to Lennon’s oeuvre I can still gauge that this is a bit of a musical departure for the doomed superstar, and there’s a certain finding-your-way-in-the-dark vibe to the musical organization that leaves quite an impression on the finished record.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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