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Each of Yoko Ono's individual undertakings can be seen as part of a larger, unified project, from her earliest artistic works to her envelope-pushing sonic experiments. Sometimes she gives clues as to the links -- this album, for instance, uses the same title as the CD that accompanied the Y E S Yoko Ono art book, from which it borrows a couple of tracks -- but more often, Ono leaves listeners to explore on their own, which is far more fun. Like her best work, Blueprint for a Sunrise has an enigmatically feline quality -- feral and snarling one moment, delicate and purring the next. Ono has always been best known for material that falls into the former category, songs that let her exorcise the demons within via her one-of-a-kind voice. Blueprint for a Sunrise starts off on that footing, with the white-knuckled, two-part "I Want You to Remember Me," which chronicles an abusive, obsessive relationship in violent, unflinching detail, replete with Ono's anguished "kill, kill, kill" interjections. With those ominous images still hanging heavy in the air, she alters course radically, wrapping the pensive "Is This What We Do" in a lovely, simple cloak of Spanish guitar. Such shifts are common on the disc, which can make for spatial dislocation, particularly when Ono really lets her art flag fly, as on "Mulberry," a live improvisation recorded with the backing of son Sean Lennon and his band IMA. But while the medium is irregular, the overriding message of Blueprint for a Sunrise remains fixed: Ono projects an unbridled humanism, with a concentration on feminist discourse. The former is most evident in "Rising II" (much of which is sung in Japanese) and the latter in "Are You Looking for Me" and "Wouldn't-it-swing."
Performance CreditsYoko Ono Primary Artist,Vocals,Spoken Word
Hearn Gadbois Percussion
Phil Hernandez Drums
Zeena Parkins Electric Harp
Erik Sanko Bass
Sean Lennon Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Timo Ellis Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Sam Koppelman Bass,Percussion,Drums
Chris Maxwell Guitar
Technical CreditsYoko Ono Producer,Artwork,Drawing
Will Schillinger Engineer
Rob Stevens Producer
Tom Wright Engineer
Chris Habeck Engineer
Ann Mincieli Engineer
Robert Young Producer,Photoshop Artist