Mind Games

Performers John Lennon

Parlophone | October 5, 2010 | Compact Disc

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After the hostile reaction to the politically charged Some Time in New York City, John Lennon moved away from explicit protest songs and returned to introspective songwriting with Mind Games. Lennon didn't leave politics behind -- he just tempered his opinions with humor on songs like "Bring on the Lucie (Freda Peeple)," which happened to undercut the intention of the song. It also indicated the confusion that lies at the heart of the album. Lennon doesn't know which way to go, so he tries everything. There are lovely ballads like "Out of the Blue" and "One Day (At a Time)," forced, ham-fisted rockers like "Meat City" and "Tight A$," sweeping Spector-esque pop on "Mind Games," and many midtempo, indistinguishable pop/rockers. While the best numbers are among Lennon's finest, there's only a handful of them, and the remainder of the record is simply pleasant. But compared to Some Time in New York City, as well as the subsequent Walls and Bridges, Mind Games sounded like a return to form. ~ 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: Parlophone

UPC: 5099990650321

Found in: Singer/Songwriter

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Mind Games

Mind Games

Performers John Lennon
Guest Artist(s) Michael Brecker, Yoko Ono

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 5, 2010

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Label Name: Parlophone

UPC: 5099990650321


Title Track Time
1.Mind Games --
2.Tight A$ --
3.Aisumasen (I'm Sorry) --
4.One Day (At a Time) --
5.Bring on the Lucie (Freda People) --
6.Nutopian International Anthem --
7.Intuition --
8.Out the Blue --
9.Only People --
10.I Know (I Know) --
11.You Are Here --
12.Meat City --

Editorial Notes

After the hostile reaction to the politically charged Some Time in New York City, John Lennon moved away from explicit protest songs and returned to introspective songwriting with Mind Games. Lennon didn't leave politics behind -- he just tempered his opinions with humor on songs like "Bring on the Lucie (Freda Peeple)," which happened to undercut the intention of the song. It also indicated the confusion that lies at the heart of the album. Lennon doesn't know which way to go, so he tries everything. There are lovely ballads like "Out of the Blue" and "One Day (At a Time)," forced, ham-fisted rockers like "Meat City" and "Tight A$," sweeping Spector-esque pop on "Mind Games," and many midtempo, indistinguishable pop/rockers. While the best numbers are among Lennon's finest, there's only a handful of them, and the remainder of the record is simply pleasant. But compared to Some Time in New York City, as well as the subsequent Walls and Bridges, Mind Games sounded like a return to form. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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