Between My Head and the Sky

Album Review of Between My Head and the Sky by Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band.

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Between My Head and the Sky

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band

Between My Head and the Sky by Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band

Release Date: Sep 22, 2009
Record label: Chimera
Genre(s): Rock, Experimental

78 Music Critic Score
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Between My Head and the Sky - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

She's really back; one of the most gloriously influential and notorious women in the history of rock has returned with a new album at the age of 76, and thank goodness. With Between My Head and the Sky, Yoko Ono has courageously and outrageously revived the Plastic Ono Band moniker; a group she and husband John Lennon formed together; only this time, instead of the late John, it's with the couple's son Sean Lennon. Audacious? Oh yeah, but wait until you hear it! On 2007's Yes, I'm a Witch, Ono gave a bunch of her old tracks to artists like J.

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Observer Music Monthly - 80
Based on rating 4/5
80

Still challenging preconceptions (with son Sean and Cornelius joining the band), and tender with it, too. Easily the best LP to be released by a 76-year-old this month..

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Pitchfork - 73
Based on rating 7.3/10
73

In her 76 years, Yoko Ono has been forced to lead a series of double lives-- as a mother and celebrity activist; as esteemed avant-garde/proto-punk icon and reviled Beatles breaker-upper; as a still-active conceptual artist and administrative gatekeeper to one of the most lucrative pop-song catalogues in the world. And this month, all those lives are playing out simultaneously-- it's either extremely fortuitous or unfortunate timing that Ono's first album of all-new material in nine years arrives in the wake of the 09-09-09 Beatles bonanza (in which, regrettably, she has once again been cast as the villain). But while the rest of the world straps on video-game gizmos and pretends to be John Lennon, Ono is resurrecting her late husband's spirit through a much-more subtle gesture-- by crediting her new album to the group they debuted onstage in Toronto 40 years ago this month, the Plastic Ono Band.

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