Release Date: Feb 6, 2007
Record label: Astralwerks
Next time you hear that major record labels lack courage consider this: EMI is currently attempting to rehabilitate the musical career of Yoko Ono. It's a task that Sisyphus would consider a bit of a schlep. You could find a more widely vilified rock and pop artist, but you'd need to know the visiting hours at Phuoc Co prison first. While there's no doubt that the opprobrium heaped upon her over the years is deeply unfair and tainted by racism, it has to be said that Ono has hardly helped her own cause.
The Blow Up use "Everyman Everywoman" as a full-on psychedelic rave-up worthy of the Kinks circa 1965. Le Tigre drop the bass-throbbing bomb electronic funk with horn loops and backing choruses on "Sisters O Sisters." The Apples in Stereo choose "Nobody Sees Me Like You Do" and turn it into a psych rock love ballad full of vulnerability, ringing bells, and sweeping refrains outlined with synth strings and a big fat keyboard through the middle. The Brother Brothers make "Yes, I'm a Witch" into a towering industrial funk metal groover.