Originally Posted by redsfanmia
Sappy and mediocre, he lost his edge and was doomed to put out Paul McCartney type solo albums, good but nothing great.
IMO, music is generational. Each generation wants their own "identity". Hard to stay on top, continue relevancy. If Morrison and Hendrix had lived I think they would have faded, like the majority of 60's rock stars, as we progressed into the 70s.
Doomed to put out McCartney type albums? Not Lennon's style, just as McCartney couldn't put out a Lennon style album. McCartney's solo career was far more successful as far as commercial success goes. "Silly Love Songs" was his forte for the most part. But I enjoyed everyone of Lennon's solo efforts (separating the Yoko dribble), regardless of the fact it didn't bring him chart success. Other then the occasional love song to Yoko (very tiring), I wouldn't call any of his music sappy or "muzak".
I loved his songs on Double Fantasy. What was mediocre or sappy about them? I think sometimes people expected too much, musically-wise from Lennon. It's very hard to equal the Beatles - even for an ex-Beatle. But some of Lennon's most powerful songs, even as a Beatle, were very simplistic, basic, in nature. IMO, Lennon's songs were very personal, in nature, to him. He wasn't a very complex person.
I think that if Lennon had lived, at some point he and McCartney would have collaborated together again. Not forming a band or anything, but just that desire to work together again. Regardless of all the crap that went down with the break-up of the Beatles, time had healed those wounds, and I've read several books where acquaintances/friends of Lennon revealed he wanted to work with Paul again at some point.