Music is one of the only fields where we hold the sins, or saintliness, of the father against the son. Sean Lennon has had it both a lot harder, and a lot easier, than most musicians over the years. His second release as the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, his group with his girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl, should lend credence to both the misgivings of critics and the joy of fans. In short, there’s a lot of Lennonesque psychedelia going on here, the “Tomorrow Never Knows”-style backward guitars and Eastern tones of “Xanadu” in particular. “Too Deep” sounds like Oasis doing their Beatles shtick. But on the title track, where Muhl takes a more prominent vocal role, the song’s sitar-funk sounds like a Mod-era soundtrack to a car chase. “Golden Earrings” is a meandering, pensive slice of cinematic psychedelia, while “Great Expectations” is a descent into the watery abyss. It’s an accomplished, enjoyable record from start to finish, regardless of references or lineage. (Out Today)
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger performs at Brighton Music Hall on June 7.