Picks and Pans Review: Blueprint for a Sunrise
Long before Björk donned her first kimono and began studying for her Ph.D in eccentricity, Yoko Ono had done pioneering work in the field. Ono's atonal caterwauling against a backdrop of electronica—suggesting Radiohead as sung by Jar Jar Binks—is no longer shocking enough to raise a pierced eyebrow at the average rave.
Ono's musical ideas—clanging tones, feminist chants, the occasional ear-rattling shriek—remain an acquired taste, and record sales over the years suggest that so far it's a taste acquired by few outside her immediate family. Sean Lennon, her 26-year-old son, chips in with some promising guitar licks, but they tend to get buried among the doom-laden heartbeats, the silly panting and an apparent episode of dry gargling. Bless her for trying, even writing a song called "It's Time for Action!" No, it's time for aspirin.
Bottom Line: Imagine there's no melody
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