Walls and Bridges (Remastered)
Recorded at the tail end of a drinking and drug binge which lasted for months, John Lennon's 1974 album Walls and Bridges is a world-weary, pain-filled album featuring some of his best and most emotionally honest songwriting of his post-Beatles career.
Known for its Elton John collaboration, "Whatever Gets You Through The Night," and the beautifully hazy "#9 Dream," Walls and Bridges is actually a much more complex and nuanced work that represents the midlife crisis Lennon faced and the demons he saw when he stared in the mirror.
"I'm scarred, I'm scarred, I'm scarred," Lennon sings. "I'm scarred every day of my life." Elsewhere, he puts forth the idea that "you don't know what you got until you lose it."
It's a very autumnal album, full of self-reflection and self-doubt. A song written during his marital separation is a message sent out to Yoko. "Bless you, wherever you are," he sings, full of regret and sadness, over music similar to the Beatles White Album phase.
The album is surprisingly deep. The few pieces of filler are counterbalanced by a live "Whatever Gets You Through The Night," recorded at Madison Square Garden and stark demo versions.
Not normally considered among the top tier of Lennon's work, this remastered edition of Walls and Bridges shows that its best songs are among his best. And for one of the greatest rock and pop songwriters of the last 50 years, that's not too bad.