SOMETIME IN NEW YORK CITY was a commercial disaster, and the critics didn't like it either. But, the intention wasn't for another SGT PEPPER. They were trying to make a record that dealt with the events of the day, and with their personal take on it all. On that level, except for some of the unlistenable Yoko stuff, it works for me.
"New York City" is one of Lennon's finest, straight on, rock and roll songs. The band plays the hell out of that song (and the guitar solo is killer).
"John Sinclair," whether you agree with the lyric or not (and these days, seems like Lennon's take on this has become more the norm than the exception), is a strong bit of rockabilly/blues. I don't know who is playing that lead slide, but it's great stuff!
"Luck Of The Irish" is probably the nices collab between John & Yoko ever. A beautiful song.
"Woman Is The N****r Of The World" is another one that was sort of ahead of it's time. Witness the current battle in Congress (40+ years AFTER the so-called Women's Movement, yet!) over equal pay between men and women.
I'd rather have an artist speak their minds, and fail, then to play it safe. If Paul can be criticized for something, it is the latter. Although, again, in the last 15-2o years, he's become more vocal in his opinions on things that matter to him, and millions of others. So, bravo, Paul, for not being afraid to express those feelings.
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in years to come/they may discover/what the air we breathe and the life we lead are all about/but it won't be soon enough for me