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This is a dream line up for someone out there I’m sure? You know it‘s gonna be a difficult one to plough through though if nothing else. Yoko Ono has yet to make a listenable sounding record (that I’ve heard anyway!) and Thurston Moore/Kim Gordon are also occasional difficult lads and lasses. Now I heard the 10” a while back and I remember it being supremely annoying. The ...

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Yokokimthurston by Yoko Ono / Thurston Moore / Kim Gordon
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6/10 Phil Staff review, 28 September 2012

This is a dream line up for someone out there I’m sure? You know it‘s gonna be a difficult one to plough through though if nothing else. Yoko Ono has yet to make a listenable sounding record (that I’ve heard anyway!) and Thurston Moore/Kim Gordon are also occasional difficult lads and lasses.

Now I heard the 10” a while back and I remember it being supremely annoying. The album’s opener ‘I Missed You Listening’ has some guitar fiddling and it’s covered in Ono moaning and groaning in between some chanting and making mental healthy sounding noises. It’s reasonably demented so far. On to track two and there’s some spoken word business (along with the funny noises) about big fish being attacked or something or other. Some of the music is quite charming, it’s minimal and often difficult but there’s occasional splurges of melody to make it less like a test of endurance. And that pretty much sums up the album for me.

If you’re a fan of Ono then you’ll no doubt love this album as it’s her being arty and interesting everywhere aided by a couple of legends. If you’re not a fan I doubt this will win you over. It’s certainly an interesting album and if you’ve never heard the sound of a Japanese woman heavy breathing over the noise of paper folding then you’ve never lived.




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