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Another Lennon

Sean Lennon has serious weight to carry. His name is so immediately distracting that it has become hard to view his own artistic achievements in their natural light.That has got to be a drag.

John Lennon's other son, Julian, ran into a similar problem when he began releasing albums. Strip away the myth surrounding Sean Lennon, though, and some vibrant, well-orchestrated and often sunny pop music emerges. That's especially the case with "Friendly Fire," Lennon's third album and easily his finest. Although it is likely a natural impulse to compare Sean's work to that of his father, doing so places undue burden on what is a songwriting talent staking its own claim. Sean Lennon stands on his own as an artist.

Sean Lennon makes his first headlining jaunt to Buffalo on Sunday evening, when he performs inside the Tralf, 622 Main St., beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $26 and can be found at the Tralf box office or through Ticketmaster.

-- Jeff Miers

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