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Photograph Smile Import

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1998 solo album for Rough Trade by John's elder son. 14tracks, including the single 'Day After Day'.

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Music from Another Room/Pinnacle UK
  • ASIN: B000025NS8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,479,473 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I LOVE this album! I had never heard of Julian's music until a few years ago. I have been a fan of The Beatles and John since I was 11 but didn't know much about Julian until I was 16. Then, I watched an interview with him on ABC's Primetime. Immediately I was struck by how much he resembled John and how alike their voices are! Yet, I saw him as an individual with a LOT of talent ALL his own! I also heard some samples of his songs and KNEW that I had to buy his newest album.

From the first time I listened to it, I LOVED IT!!! At times, I swore I was listening to John sing. He is hauntingly similar to his father, and that is a good thing! But, in voice only. Yes, he has some of the same unconscious mannerisms and stances of John, but, Julian has his own UNIQUE, beautiful style that really touched my heart. His voice has a lovely timbre, and he is quite talented in his writing, singing and playing of various instruments.

The songs themselves are so varied, from the Environmentally conscious "How Many Times" to the hopeful "Faithful" and "Day After Day" to the lighthearted "Kiss Beyond the Catcher" to yet another depth with "Good to be Lonely" and "Believe", personal favorites of mine. Hopeful songs in themselves. Other notables are "She Cries" "I Should Have Known" "Cold" and "Walls". Oh heck! The whole album is worth listening to OVER and OVER for the rest of your life!!! In fact, I'm listening to it as I write this review.

It's sad that today's music has changed so much, now we have to endure hip hop and rap dominating the charts, real musicians like Julian have been overlooked in favor of the one-hit wonders and fads that grow old quickly.
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Julian Lennon has done his fans proud with probably his best album to date. He is finally letting his emotions out and not holding back one bit. Especially towards Yoko Ono whom he describes in the song "I should have Known" (just listen to the lyrics and you'll understand what I'm saying). Finally free of record companies trying to squeeze number one hits out of him and making him feel like he has to live up to his father, John Lennon's, legend. Julian shows everyone that he is his own person and the result is an album of beautiful songs. He even pays homage to his Beatle heritage "I Don't Wanna Know" with an equally humourous music video featuring a Beatlesque band which Julian does not appear as a band member. Which I think is a very smart move on his part. To all the skeptics out there, Julian is not trying to be his father or overshadow his father's career. He is a talented musican in his own right and I feel he deserves that respect. So get over it! I love this album and I hope that he keeps proving the skeptics wrongs with the albums that follow. Great work Jules!
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This album is solid! My wife loves it! Julian is in fine form vocally...and his songwriting has blossomed, matured...Paul Mccartney should do a colloboration with Julian...musically they stand on similar terrain...immediate standout tracks are "And she Cries" with a sound similar to George harrison All Things Must Pass Album, the last track which takes off cleverly from Lucy in the Sky...after all, John said Julian did co-author the song in a way....and the 64 Beatlesque or should I say Rutley "I don't Want to Know".....all the other tracks are richly melodic...and a Beatles fan will find themselves proudly ading Julian to their Beatles collection!
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Julian has had a lot to live up to...and he seems to have taken it in beautiful stride. He vowed, in 2000, to not speak again about his dad, and I commend him for this. He is John's son, but he has his own unique voice, and I dare say, may almost surpass his dad's solo career. Looking back over the reviews, I find it ludicrous that reviewers condemned him for sounding 'too much like his father'...for heaven's sake, he is the man's son!
But nowhere before does he sound more like John than on this album. From the start, with 'Day After Day' the role is written and sung, and never more beautiful. Julian has said this is the album he spent the most time on, to give his fans the 'real' Julian, and if there's more where this came from, I say bring it on. Emotions, raw, deep, questioning, fill this work. Loss, love, doubt, it's all here. My favorite would have to be 'Good to be Lonely'..."I've been disconnected, Loved and Rejected, travelling inside of my soul...it's good to be lonely, sometimes, 's better than nothing at all, it's good to be lonely, sometimes, a' least I'm prepared for the fall...and it's better than nothing at all...'a track about surviving, getting the guts to sustain one's self, after the world has let you down. It's a mantra to survival, and who has had to survive more than Julian? Who has had more to live up to, and with so little to work with, besides one's heritage? The songs 'Photograph Smile' and 'Way to Your Heart' leave me in tears each time I hear them, much like John's songs 'Oh my Love' and 'Mother' have the same effect. A truly soulful work, and one I listen to over and over again, as if I'm hearing it for the first time. Truly beautiful...the son that John left in the cold has come back warm, real and with real heart. I'm sure that somewhere in the afterlife, he's smiling and praising him.
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