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12 April 2021
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I bought Double Fantasy the weekend it came out. I have to say hardly ever played it, very disappointing, from the fact that half the tracks are Yoko to John’s contented ‘house husband’ subject matter. I know it took on a new meaning shortly afterwards but I found it a very mediocre epitaph. (Just Like) Starting Over is the best of a poor bunch. After all the criticism of Paul’s ‘Granny $h1t’ this album is knee deep in the same crud I’m afraid. No teeth, no bite.

  

Sorry but ‘I’m Losing You’ is one of John’s most angst solo tracks. I really like ‘WTW’ as well and most others have their moments; least favourite are ‘Woman ’ (too bathed in sap) and ‘Dear Yoko’ which is as every bit as dire as ‘Oh Yoko’. I’ve never bothered listening to Yoko’s material as I’ve never been able to stand her singing.   

I do agree that the surrounding ‘life is wonderful and could never be better’ approach was bullshit tho. I think the planned follow-up would have altered that angle a little even if that was the story John and Yoko were selling. 

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13 April 2021
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I’m Losing You is a brilliant throwback to angsty John and it fits in with those songs pretty seamlessly. One of my favourites. The way he sings “can’t even get you on the telephone” is a highlight. All his songs on DF are memorable to me.

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13 April 2021
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The bridge “here in the valley of indecision” is awesome. Melodically its kind of similar to I’m Stepping Out, with the major switch and the big leaps. Also is the opposite of Beautiful Boy, shifting effortlessly from minor to major in its melodic and harmonic change, Beautiful Boy goes from Major to Diminished (out in the ocean) back to Major (I can hardly wait). Im Losing You rips back in to the crunchy angsty guitar section after its killer bridge section.  The version with Cheap Trick is cool. 

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14 April 2021
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I’m getting more into the album the more I go back to it. Everything that is criticized, the sappiness, the simplicity, and the Yoko contributions groove into outer space. Dancing the day away over here listening to Double Fantasy

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16 April 2021
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The sappy criticisms don’t hold much water to me because that’s where John found himself mentally in 1980. That doesn’t make his prior work better or false by default. Whenever he made music he was coming from a genuine place. As he said, I can’t be who I was 10 years ago or even 10 minutes ago. 

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That quote on the back cover is regularly on my mind when I listen to Beatles or John solo music. Very powerfully used here in terms of being a final statement. The same goes for the use of the Good Morning Good Morning lyric.

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