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Far Too Hardcore For Me : "Open Your Box" only for Serious Club-Hoppers
on November 13, 2007
Yoko Ono's 2007 released "Yes, I'm a Witch" is obviously a fantastic album, so I was equally pleased to host this on my Ipod. However, this is not at all like that other album. Even though I knew this was a club/dance oriented release (a genre I am not at all fond of - hate remixes of any sort), I wasn't prepared for how hardcore the whole thing sounded. Obviously there is a market for this, but this is by far the most hardcore dance record in Yoko Ono's catalog, and to me the weakest.
The problem with "Open Your Box" is that despite containing some really fine songs (in their original form, some of these were masterpieces of their day), the overlayering and synthetization of tracks become very generic once you cross Track 3. Perhaps Yoko is trying to show us how extreme makeovers can go two different ways? Maybe it's an expression of her own personal view of art. On "Yes I'm a Witch", her music was completely reworked by Indie Artists (Apples in Stereo, Antony and the Johnsons etc), and here it's the extreme opposite (the same tracks being redone by club specialists such as the Pet Shop Boys).
Do remember though, that I am not at all a fan of generic club/dance remixes, which is why I didn't really appreciate this. I think it relegated Yoko's voice and melody to the background, and some reworkings of songs are so markedly different from the original, and some of them do away with Ono's voice altogether! As an experimental record, maybe it was fun for Yoko to do something like this. As an album, it isn't very successful though - the only coherent element here through all the tracks is that thumping bassline. I would suggest listening to samples before buying. You should get "Yes Im a Witch" as a blind purchase though - that album is a mammoth masterpiece.
That said, I don't know of a single 75 year old woman in history who has a remix album to her name, whose production she herself oversaw. As a novelty piece, this is definitely interesting.