At the time, their best record since their debut. Now: one of the peaks of rock music. There's never a dull moment--even the throwaway tongue-in-cheek ballad "Michelle" amuses. The high points go beyond the classics, into pieces like Lennon's irresistibly groovy "The Word" (his first foray into abstract politics) or McCartney's sharp "I'm Looking Through You." The boys had matured, and their ambitions were rising to aim for levels no one could imagine; today, after the likes of "Sgt. Pepper," "Revolver," or the White Album, one still feels the frenetically-exciting anticipation for what was to come. And after that, "Rubber Soul" is just as exhilarating as it was before.
"Rubber Soul" usually ranks among the highest acclaimed Beatles' albums. The honor is just, for the album's texture and sounds are accomplished, and the words and music are mature and magnificent. Notably, the glorious three-part harmonies are the best of any of their albums. Even if it is a collaborative success, each of the Beatles came unto his own, so it makes sense to break the album down by each contributor. McCartney created two great classics, one is hard-rock with … more
This is a quality Beatles CD. It is clearly one of their top five recordings to buy. Michelle, Girl, Think For Yourself, Norwegian Wood, and Run For Your Life are all stand out tunes. I personally prefer the White Album, Abbey Road, and Help before this. But nonetheless, I say its high quality all the way.Let me make a few comments about the Agitated Reviewers clearly miguided review. The Beatles came well before Oasis. So how could the Beatles have ripped off Oasis? This Agitated Reviewer needs … more
Rank 'em how you like,Rubber Soulis an undeniable pivot point in the Fab Four's varied discography no matter where, or how, you first heard it. The album was softened up in its original 12-song American edition to jibe with the Dylan/Byrds folk-rock sound, as well as squeeze money from the Parlophone catalog. The 14-song U.K. edition--the version now available on compact disc--is a different, more dynamic, and ultimately more accomplished achievement. So many classics: "Drive My Car" and "Nowhere Man" (both omitted from the U.S. edition) merge the early combustible Beatifics to a burgeoning studio consciousness; "The Word" can be read as a pre-psych warning shot; the sitar-laden "Norwegian Wood" and the evocative "Girl" (the latter written on the last night of the sessions) stand as turning points in John Lennon's oeuvre. George finally emerges too, with the McGuinn-ish "If I Needed Someone."--Don Harrison