Rounding off an incredibly active and productive 80th year that spanned international exhibitions, number one dance singles and her incredible curation of this year’s Meltdown festival, Yoko Ono’s latest album is typically unpredictable.
It’s not many octogenarians that dabble in ambient dance or post-punk funk, and even less that do it so artfully – that the more age-suited jazz swing of ‘Leaving Tim’ stands out as odd is testament to Yoko’s experimentalism.
Her son, Sean Lennon, is the conduit to these modern influences, employing the likes of tUnE-yArDs, Questlove and Mike D to contribute, and together they create a vivid, atmospheric foundation for her expressive vocals.
Bonkers in parts it may be, but ‘Take Me…’ proves hugely enjoyable.
Words: Simon Harper
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