February 1, 2007

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Yoko Ono, Yes, I’m a Witch
Astralwerks Records, 2007

At 73, Yoko Ono remains one of the world’s most recognizable word-association exercises. Beatles Mata Hari, art-house fruit-bat, black-sheep banker’s daughter, and so on, and, often, so she likes to say, witch. The non-metropolitan world-at-large is vaguely aware that she’s done music here and there, the only readily available proof being “Happy Xmas” (not included here), where she does that untrained trilling thing while backing up John Lennon. Truth is that her trill has decorated many a record over the years, here collected and heavily remixed by a conclave of techno and avant garde’s best and brightest. Flaming Lips make a hard-dance mountain out of the latter five minutes of “Cambridge 1969,” Lennon’s feedback skronk and Yoko’s psycho-kabuki wailing left intact, while Peaches may have stumbled upon a retro-house hit by mixing Yoko’s orgasmic babbling from “Kiss Kiss Kiss” with a skeletal bink-binking trifle that recalls, well, Peaches. Along with plenty of other things to like about this, Le Tigre’s rework of “Sisters O Sisters” is breakbeaten to a readily accessible crisp. B+Eric W. Saeger