Mind Games - 1973
Mind Games marked the beginning of John Lennon's "lost weekend" period, and the evidence is all over this album. Having written the bulk of the material here immediately following his separation from Yoko, this is his first major step away from the political slant he had taken since the start of his solo career, and the album's tone is understandably mournful and apologietic throughout. That's not to say Mind Games is a downer. Much like Harry Nilsson's Pussycats LP he'd produce in 1974, Mind Games is a scattershot collection of tunes tend to come off as hastily written and recorded upon first listen, but reveal intense depth and an all encompassing tone of mayhem once they get under your skin. There are better John Lennon albums out there, but in case you've overlooked Mind Games, go ahead and give it a second chance. It's well worth it. The title track, "Aisumasen (I'm Sorry)" and "You Are Here" are a few of my favorites. Please enjoy.