Writing this on the fly. By the time I crank this out, half of you will already be on your second Bloody Marys for Breakfist. Because of this sweet Sunday, Dave and I listened to all our Beatle albums. We agreed on Rubber Soul.
One of those great guitar riffs to kick off an album, just like the opening riff of the "Band on the Run" leadoff-title track for that PMW album.
"Nowhere Man" has always been one of my all-time favorites, it really challenges me to go outside of my comfort zone, as in am I being as blind as I can be and just seeing what I want to see on this or that issue? For any issues I might have had with John Lennon, I'll give him credit that he really nailed it with that lyric, with the point he makes and the humility with which he makes it ("Isn't he a bit like you and me?"). So I always found that song to be particularly rich and one of my all-time favorites. "Can't Buy Me Love", though not on Rubber Soul has always been another all-time favorite Beatles standout for me, personally.
Well, to be fair, I didn't need to listen much to this one, as it was avaiable for me and playing at home since I can recall.
A Beatles average album in my opinion, which means a great album for the rest of the mortals' standards. They showed once again that admirable songwriting style which didn't seem to respect much all the books written about musical harmony in the pop-rock world and that they would develop even further later on. On the other hand, some albums of them are much more solid in terms of not having bad songs, of which this one has (if only a few).
In the song-by-song I mostly agree a lot with @brax's analysis:
- I also agree with jrmugz about "Nowhere man" being the best song on the album. The beauty and originality of it's melody, the fantastic vocal harmonies (have you ever tried to dissect them?), the crazy bassline, everything adds to result in a perfect song. "In my life" is another masterpiece from start to end. "Drive my car" is a classic and proof that Paul could write good uptempo songs too. "Girl" is another very original song which has kind of a mysterious aurea to it. Talking about originality, the melody of "Norwegian wood" is unmistakable, and the song is known for being the first occidental song to feature a sitar (by Harrison's idea). "If I needed someone" is IMO George's best song from the early-mid era, very dynamic, I love it. "Run for your life" is a joyful and fun countrylike song.
- The more-or-less: "You won't see me" is not too bad, but nothing special; the kind of song that seems to you like they had got to fill the album with. "Michelle", although it is considered a classic and many people love it, has never been a favourite of mine. "Think for yourself": a bit weird, I don't hate it but I don't love it either. "I'm looking through you" is another one of those that had that kind of country mid-tempo rythm, it's OK for me but also nothing special.
- The bad ones: "The word" is quite an energetic song but it gets too repetitive, it's too long and ends up tiring you (or me) up. "What goes on" is one of the four Beatles songs credited to Ringo (this time, along with Lennon-McCartney), I don't like it much. "Wait" sounds all forced, uninspired and is, like Brax said, a throwaway and the worst song of the album in my opinion.
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Horacewimp: I did, it sounds interesting
Aug 30, 2020 7:27:36 GMT
Horacewimp: Hi elophile good to see you, hope you are keeping well.
Aug 31, 2020 20:25:03 GMT
elophile: Hey-hey! Horacewimp Livin' the dream here in crazytown, er, I mean America! How goes it with you? ::c0112::
Sept 2, 2020 18:11:21 GMT
Horacewimp: We are all good thanks, just wishing I could go on a foreign holiday, it’s just not worth the risk with Covid and the possibility of a 14 day quarantine, we may do some short breaks in the U.K.
Sept 2, 2020 20:30:46 GMT
BSJ: *sniff* no meet up in Detroit's airport. *sniff*
Sept 2, 2020 21:56:17 GMT