Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, 'Between My Head and the Sky' (Chimera)

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Between My Head and the Sky
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Label: Chimera

by Barry Walters

Lightest Ono album ever? Probably. Heaviest avant-pop from a 76-year-old mainstream pariah/underground innovator? Hell, yeah! Son Sean Lennon, Tokyo art-rocker Cornelius, ex–Cibo Matto keyboardist Yuka Honda, and some New York City jazz vets pick up where hubby John left off with 1980's "Walking on Thin Ice." The simpatico accompaniment means she's free here, even from indulgence: Fractured funk, serene balladry, and those infamous birdcalls flatter and balance each other, as if by nature. "Time for action," she exclaims with a sweetness that'll coax your heart wide open.

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