It's So Hard (Remastered 2010)
Label: Emi Catalogue
Plastic Ono Band may be John Lennon's most powerful solo LP, but this follow-up is his most characteristic in sound, feel and style. Free of filler, it features such pop wonders as "Jealous Guy" (which only went to No. 20 on the singles charts!), the secular humanist anthem "Imagine," "Gimme Some Truth" and "Oh Yoko!", a song so effervescent that you forget whom it's written about. "Crippled Inside" and the sonically excellent Macca attack "How Do You Sleep?" reveal that Lennon's ability to bitterly lash out in anger usually beats out his knack for self-reflection.