Anyway I've now done all of Lennon's studio albums and to my surprise, I really like Sometime In New York City, the one I was led to believe was one of the worst Beatle projects ever. I'd actually call it one of the better solo records. My reasoning:
*The songs on disc 1 all have decent tunes or at least a catchy chorus. There's variety, the band is energetic and John doesn't have that ugly echo effect on his voice for once.
*I don't care that much about lyrics, and to me John singing about topical things is no worse than the simple romance lyrics all over early Beatles stuff. Them singing about these long forgotten controversies makes it a sort of historical document.
*Yoko's songs are actually good, like quirky proto-New Wave or J-pop. Sisters O Sister and Born In A Prison are two of the best songs on there.
*Disc 2 is about as far out as anyone involved in the Beatles ever got, mostly thanks to Yoko and Zappa admittedly, but even so. It might not be pleasant but it's an experience.
I find it kind of funny that Beatles fans always crow about how influential and ahead of their time the band were, while at the same time hating on this stuff which is you could easily see as a precursor to all kinds of experimental post-rock and noise rock acts from years later.
*It presents this specific vision of a male/female fronted rock band that alternates between politics and avant-garde experimentation. Lennon never tried anything ambitious or original like that again.
Come at me bros!