John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes Review
John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes offers an interactive history of the Beatle’s last album
There is an undeniable enduring quality about the music of The Beatles but, more than that, a continuing fascination with John Lennon, someone who continues to inspire entire generations and countless musicians.
This historical app charts his journey in the summer of 1980 to Bermuda. It was to be his final creative period, for months later he would be shot dead. There is no mention of that here; instead it’s about the merging of art and audio into a compelling narrative that explores his influences. It shows how he drew on the most inspiring figure in his life, Yoko Ono, as they penned the music of Double Fantasy.
John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes has it all: newly discovered photos, interviews and handwritten lyric sheets. The audio is crisp, and, with the benefit of hindsight, often haunting. There is plenty of it too.
But the music is just as important. The app places the music and story onto tapes which play in a retro-style deck, making it feel quite nostalgic. Sometimes there are interruptions to the music but it’s a minor distraction.
The main story is interactive and much can be gained from tilting and dragging the little ship around the screen. There is a lot to be learned here, and fans in particular will love it.
A well-thought out musical history app including Lennon’s voice and magical music.
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