The inimitable Yoko Ono returns with her first full-length studio recording since 1995's Rising. With Blueprint for a Sunrise, Ono draws from her life experience, encompassing her struggles as a woman

The inimitable Yoko Ono returns with her first full-length studio recording since 1995's Rising. With Blueprint for a Sunrise, Ono draws from her life experience, encompassing her struggles as a woman, an artist, and as a child in Japan amid World War II. The result is a dense sonic collage, over which discordant emotions (pain, anger, loss, confusion) eventually lead to strength, power, and survival. A mix of live and studio recordings (with some, like "Wouldnit," being new takes on cuts from Rising), the set is as concrete and compelling as it is abstract and bewildering. With her idiosyncratic vocals intact, Ono exorcises her demons while she pushes the musical envelope, layering existential vocalese with elements of rock, reggae, flamenco, funk, and electronica.—CR

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