Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rock
If you thought that was John Lennon singing on his earlier albums, you might have thought it was David Bowie on this 1989 LP. The hit Now You re in Heaven joins You re the One ; I Get Up ; Mother Mary ; Angillette; Open Yo... more »
If you thought that was John Lennon singing on his earlier albums, you might have thought it was David Bowie on this 1989 LP. The hit Now You re in Heaven joins You re the One ; I Get Up ; Mother Mary ; Angillette; Open Your Eyes ; Make It Up to You ; Sunday Morning ; Second Time , and I Want You to Know .
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Never Surrender \m/ | San Antonio, TX. | 11/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Julian does well in with this cd. I have recently began to listen to all the Julian cd's I own. As I came around this one "Mr. Jordan," I have to say that is a very undrated cd. The mixing and sound quality are great. "Mother Mary" is amazing among others like "You're The One," "Angillette," "Open Your Eyes," and "Sunday Morning" which is a harmoneously delightful tune. As a whole it is a great effort from Julian...it is unfortunate it did not get the recognition that much of Julian's musical efforts deserve. I have all his cd's and can honestly say that Mr. Jordan is a project where Julian shines with musical maturity."
Mr. Lennon Scores With Mr. Jordan
K. Maginnis | Southern NH | 04/22/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Julian Lennon, not just by my opinion, but by many others, is one of the most underrated and underappreciated musicians we have today, and this album proves it.
Mr. Jordan, the title derived from the movie of the same title, as well as the remake "Heaven Can Wait" with Warren Beatty, has, not surprisingly, a heaven-based theme to it. The album opens with "Now You're In Heaven", a solid rock tune. Not having heard the song before, I saw the title and simply assumed it was a ballad about a dead person. Not even close! It's about a relationship, and there's nothing dead or sad about it.
The vocals on all the tracks are amazing to listen to. It is very rare to listen to a singer truly explore their entire range. With "Mr. Jordan", Julian does just that; from falsetto .. "You're The One" .. a song that must have been fun do because of the opportunity to use his entire range, to "Angillette", where he sings in a lower register. That song is interesting because the title is a play on words but the subject is based on a friend of Julian's who was feeling suicidal at the time. The story goes that a friend left a note next to a picture of Julian and said, "Have a nice day with your Stoli and Gillettes." Stoli being vodka and Gillettes being razors. Julian combined the last two words to form a name for the person he was speaking of.
On the other hand, "I Get Up", is almost a complete departure from the rest of the album. While the other songs are solid rock or solid ballads, this one has more pop flavor to it. The vocals sound a cross between Bowie and Elvis, if such a thing is possible. Fun lyrics here as well .. "I'll make ya happy if ya let me be your pappy"... Incredible harmonica playing here as well.
"I Want You To Know" is the last song, but don't shut off the CD player just yet .. there's a little treat at the end. Almost sounds like a Monty Python skit.
No matter which song you listen to, "Sunday Morning", which also features an oboe solo, "Second Time" .. don't miss the Peter Frampton talk box solo .. "Mother Mary", beautifully done, about someone questioning what he's always come to believe, it's impossible not to appreciate the time and effort, as well as sincerity that went into to choosing and recording these songs. Too bad those responsible for promotion didn't feel the same way.
There have been many comparisons to David Bowie. I can hear some, but Julian deserves credit for simply expanding his musical range and branching out, rather than trying TO or NOT to sound like certain people. For certain, his style is all his own. It can't be compared to Bowie, or his father, for that matter.
Overall, a brilliant piece of work, from a brilliant musician, who has yet to be truly recognized as such. The good news is that Julian Lennon will soon be releasing a new CD called, "Everything Changes", sometime this year.
Miguel A. Aguilera | Temecula, CA USA | 05/04/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I absolutely loved this CD. It has so many songs with hints of Beatles all over it. There is the beautiful song "Mother Mary" which has a hint of "Let it be" by Paul McCartney along with "Make it up to You" which reminds me again of Paul's song"Oh Darling" from the Abbey Road Album. Then there's "Sunday Morning" which has a hint of "Blackbird" from the Beatles White Album. Julian has certainly grown musically since his first debut album "Valotte" and you can't blame him for showing similarities in his music afterall...he grew up around the Beatles and his father John Lennon was such a great influence for anyone. I would highly recommend this to any Beatle fan. Being a musician myself has allowed me to hear the similar melodies from many of the Beatles music in what Julian Lennon has composed. I am sure there is more to come."