Walls and Bridges

Performers John Lennon

Capitol | October 5, 2010 | Compact Disc

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Walls and Bridges was recorded during John Lennon's infamous "lost weekend," as he exiled himself in California during a separation from Yoko Ono. Lennon's personal life was scattered, so it isn't surprising that Walls and Bridges is a mess itself, containing equal amounts of brilliance and nonsense. Falling between the two extremes was the bouncy Elton John duet "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night," which was Lennon's first solo number one hit. Its bright, sunny surface was replicated throughout the record, particularly on middling rockers like "What You Got" but also on enjoyable pop songs like "Old Dirt Road." However, the best moments on Walls and Bridges come when Lennon is more open with his emotions, like on "Going Down on Love," "Steel and Glass," and the beautiful, soaring "No. 9 Dream." Even with such fine moments, the album is decidedly uneven, containing too much mediocre material like "Beef Jerky" and "Ya Ya," which are weighed down by weak melodies and heavy over-production. It wasn't a particularly graceful way to enter retirement. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 5, 2010

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Capitol

UPC: 5099990650826

Found in: Singer/Songwriter

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Walls and Bridges

Performers John Lennon
Guest Artist(s) Elton John, Harry Nilsson, Julian Lennon

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 5, 2010

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Capitol

UPC: 5099990650826


Title Track Time
1.Going Down on Love --
2.Whatever Gets You Thru the Night --
3.Old Dirt Road --
4.What You Got --
5.Bless You --
6.Scared --
7.No. 9 Dream --
8.Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox) - (featuring Elton John) --
9.Steel and Glass --
10.Beef Jerky --
11.Nobody Loves You (When You're Down and Out) --
12.Ya Ya --

Editorial Notes

Walls and Bridges was recorded during John Lennon's infamous "lost weekend," as he exiled himself in California during a separation from Yoko Ono. Lennon's personal life was scattered, so it isn't surprising that Walls and Bridges is a mess itself, containing equal amounts of brilliance and nonsense. Falling between the two extremes was the bouncy Elton John duet "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night," which was Lennon's first solo number one hit. Its bright, sunny surface was replicated throughout the record, particularly on middling rockers like "What You Got" but also on enjoyable pop songs like "Old Dirt Road." However, the best moments on Walls and Bridges come when Lennon is more open with his emotions, like on "Going Down on Love," "Steel and Glass," and the beautiful, soaring "No. 9 Dream." Even with such fine moments, the album is decidedly uneven, containing too much mediocre material like "Beef Jerky" and "Ya Ya," which are weighed down by weak melodies and heavy over-production. It wasn't a particularly graceful way to enter retirement. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine