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Take Me to the Land of Hell [Import]

Yoko Ono & Plastic Ono Band Audio CD
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2013 album from the Japanese avant-garde artist and widow of John Lennon. The 13 tracks on Take Me To The Land Of Hell were recorded in NYC and produced by Yoko, Sean Lennon and Yuka Honda. Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band includes members of Cornelius and Cibo Matto plus special guests Questlove, Lenny Kravitz, Nels Cline and Andrew Wyatt.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hell has never sounded so good Feb. 3 2014
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Yes I'm a Yoko fan, I enjoy the noise she makes but there is little of it to be found on this album. You will however find a bunch of amazing tracks on "Take me to the land of hell". The title track being one of my favourite, along with the beautiful "Watching the Dawn", "Cheshire Cat Cry" feat. Lenny Kravitz, the heartbreaking "Little Boy Blue.." and just enough freaky stuff to keep the fans interested such as on "Shine shine". A big step up from her last album "Between my head and the sky" which was a 3 star album to me. Give Yoko a chance you will be surprised.

Ignore the reviews of the self proclaimed hater who's review is based on an his personal prejudices and not an the album, which I'm positive he didn't listen to.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Take Me To The Land Of Hell...

Yup, one listen should pretty much do it.

We need material from Yoko like a fish needs a bicycle. Grow up people, disdain for Yoko Ono is NOT indicative of a lack of empathy or artistic sensitivity it is simply recognition that some people have no talent. The smart among them keep that fact to themselves.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow up to Between My Head and the Sky Sept. 24 2013
By M. K. Rhodes - Published on Amazon.com
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First: the blindly idiotic vitriol directed at this woman by hateful rubes is pretty disgusting. If I only had a nickel for every loathsome fake review of her work by some dumb troll with no taste posted on the internet, I'd be even richer than she is.

Now then, the album. Take Me to the Land of Hell addresses Yoko's primary weakness with her albums in the past: length. Season of Glass is definitely two songs too long away from being a stone cold masterpiece. Approximately Infinite Universe has a lot of brilliant material, but what an amazing single disc record it could have been by parring the tracklisting down to the absolute best. And then her last album, the largely excellent Between My Head and the Sky, gets bogged down in the middle with one too many (very) lengthy conceptual, meditative tracks of pleasantly strummed guitar and Yoko reciting some platitudes. Take Me to the Land of Hell, by contrast, is a lean, mean, concise album, clocking in around the forty minute mark and never overstaying its welcome. This is an energetic, fun album that's very danceable in places too, taking the vintage Plastic Ono Band sound (one of the pleasures of these last two albums is how the band noticeably stays in line with the band's general sound from the past) and shooting it through with some modern, funky influences.

Most of it feels a bit more lightweight than the best material on Between My Head and the Sky, especially the beautiful and haunting piano pieces that close that album, and it doesn't have that album's overall coherence, but these two new albums go well together and are definitely her best work since 1982's It's Alright (I See Rainbows). The critical acclaim is very welcome, too -- Yoko was always ahead of her time, and considering this new album currently has a "Universal Acclaim" rating from critics on Metacritic, it seems the rest of the musical establishment is starting to catch up.

Except the hateful idiots who don't listen to it and just spew bile and spam comment sections concerning her, of course. As Bowie (himself an admirer of Yoko's) once sang, "dumb is forever".
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yoko has created a winner Sept. 30 2013
By Joseph Herbick - Published on Amazon.com
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We get everything on this cd - playful Yoko, serious Yoko, classic Yoko - I loved this cd, if people would just give it a chance they would be rewarded with music from a true artist. Can' t wait to see what she comes up with next. At 80 she is a force to be reckoned with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Album Takes Me Everywhere Nov. 3 2013
By Marsha Ewing - Published on Amazon.com
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Yoko's latest album takes me everywhere - to the land of rock, of ballads and of screaming pain. To gentle love and upbeat humor. I love every bit of it and each time I listen I have a new favorite song.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yoko Ono- still active at 80 Sept. 28 2013
By Connak - Published on Amazon.com
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Many things have been said about Yoko Ono over the years. For some, she is seen as the person responsible for the split of the Beatles as she was the wife of John Lennon. Some deem her as controlling and simply cashing in on her late husband. For others, Yoko Ono is seen as an amazing artist. When it comes to her musical career, some critics have gone as far as saying that she was ahead of her, influencing artists such as the B52's and Lene Lovich. Ono's latest album, Take Me to the Land of Hell, sees her at it again with her son Sean Lennon and the revamped Plastic Ono Band. This is Ono's first studio album since 2009's Between My Head and the Sky. Even at 80 years old, Ono has made an album that sounds very modern.

For this album, Ono has collaborated with artists who are familiar with electronic music. In recent years, Ono has been able to nab several #1 hits in the Billboard Dance Charts. The collaborations actually pay off. Even with the collaborations, it still sounds like a Yoko Ono album. Ono's genre of music would be best described as experimental rock or avant garde, which this album certainly is.

The album's opener, "Moonbeams", isn't the strongest song but it opens the album perfectly: the futuristic sounds mixed in with Ono's spoken word poetry sets you up for what you're about to hear. Once you hear Ono's traditional scream, you know what you're in for. This is followed by the pleasantly psychedelic "Cheshire Cat". It has an impressive bass line that drives the entire song in this stoner rock rhythm. "Tabetai" is collaboration with tUnE-yArDs and it's a very good one: the track is catchy and has great drumming/percussion work. The most interesting of the collaborations would have to be the bouncy "Bad Dancer", which features the surviving members of the Beastie Boys. I really like this one and the strangest thing is that I have no interest in the Beastie Boys whatsoever.

Ono also has the chance to shine with several ballads. The self-titled track and "Watching the Dawn" have pretty melodies. The former uses violins while the latter is piano-oriented. While Ono isn't known for having the greatest voice, she knows how to use it when it comes to ballads. It isn't much but I think she knows it works. Ono leaves time on the album for the autobiographical "NY Noodle Town", the funky spoken word "7th Floor" and the surprisingly jazzy "Leaving Tim".

Overall, Take Me to the Land of Hell is a very good album from Yoko Ono. It's impressive that she can pull this off at her age. However, I can't say I'd recommend the album. Obviously, Yoko's music isn't for everyone. I'd say if you happen to appreciate some experimental music (i.e. Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, and/or Tom Waits), give Yoko's music a chance. If you're already a fan of Yoko's music, this is a no brainer: you must get it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ice and Shine Dec 30 2013
By Steven Haarala - Published on Amazon.com
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You can always depend on Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band to come up with an album of challenging, eclectic music. This one is pretty similar to the previous album, "Between My Head And The Sky", in that respect. Without much effort you can find New Age, dance music, rock, electronica, funk, psychedelia, industrial, ballads, cool jazz, and Yoko's special vocal techniques. Just in the first track "Moonbeams" I hear five of these categories. "N.Y. Noodle Town" features a classic rock guitar solo which illuminates this mid-tempo track. "Take Me To The Land Of Hell" and "Watching The Dawn" are dead serious ballads with beautiful minimal accompaniment by Sean Ono Lennon on piano and Erik Friedlander on cello. "Leaving Tim" has a sort of ragtime sound, reminding me of "I'm You're Angel" from "Double Fantasy".

Of course, you can also expect some interesting, off-the-wall lyrics. In "Moonbeams", the commonly accepted concepts of winter and spring are turned upside down. "In Winter", Yoko sings, "the snow protected us/Covering our pain/Now I hear ice cracking/Slowly in my brain/My heart is ruminating/your sweet words/While my hand's strangling the birds"; and she continues, "Spring is here again/Your heartbeat is calling me". Apparently the frozen isolation was preferable to whoever or whatever is coming in spring. I like the "Cheshire Cat" in track 2, although I can't say for sure whether he is benevolent or hostile. (I think he was also just as exasperating to Alice when she was trapped in Wonderland.) "Tabetai" seems to be about greed, perhaps imperialistic greed. Many tasty foods are mentioned ("Gimme Gimme Gimme Gimme"), and at the end of the song Yoko says, "There's nothing to eat/Let's go to another COUNTRY." "7th Floor" alternates between curiosity ("I was standing on the 7th floor/And I saw a body on the pavement/Is that me?...It was not a body at all/It was just a shadow.") and violent reaction ("Don't cut my hands - can't strangle you/Don't cut my legs - can't walk out on you/Don't cut my tongue - can't spit on you/Don't cut me off - I'll kill you.") In "N.Y. Noodle Town", you can "watch people drink and dance/Their minds are bombed/Like their lands". Perhaps this is a reference to immigrants, or refugees? "Leaving Tim" has very amusing parting lyrics ("Let's throw that past/in the biggest trash can...Just call me in your dream/And I'll get it, I'll get it/It's hard...so hard...but ok."). And in "Shine, Shine", the townspeople and The President come to view "the house that is reaching out all the way to the sea". Soldier Woody, "smiling for the first time since he came back" arrives too. Yoko's companion turns invisible, a minor glitch. The main idea seems to be that everyone and everything must "shine".

I always welcome a new album from Yoko. I am very happy that she and her colleagues continue to create this unusual, thought-provoking material for serious music lovers to experience, enjoy, and ponder.
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