Working Class Hero (Remastered 2010)
Label: Emi Catalogue
Lennon's 1970 solo masterpiece is a direct, painfully honest set of autobiographical songs that deal with his general loss of faith in everything from his wretched (if sadly typical) upbringing to The Beatles and society at large. "Mother," "Isolation," "I Found Out" and "Love" are highlights, though the intensity and melodicism never lag. Only the insincere could doubt the power of these songs. Lennon would move on from the direct, no-frills sound and feel of this even as its influence would only grow over time.