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The Beatles



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3 stars First words: My REVOLVER rewrite is occurring on Sept. 12, 2009, just a few days after Beatle-mania gets revived for a short time.

REVOLVER is highly lauded by fans, critics, and people alike as one of the best overall examples of recorded music. I've convinced myself that if we ever discover intelligent life on other planets, we'll send them a Beatles record (maybe this one...) to show them what we call ''music''. I respect the opinion of people crowning this album the best ever, but I can't see eye-to-eye with them.

A good bulk of the album is what I consider very good pop, even at times progressive pop. There's the incorporation of the sitar on songs like ''Tomorrow Never Knows'' and ''Love to You'', the string orchestrations on ''Eleanor Rigby'' and the brass things on ''Got to Get You Into My Life'' that makes this album special and innovative for 1966. There are also a few good doses of hard rock like ''Taxman''.

Somehow, I can't understand the whole majesty of REVOLVER. I blame the hype surrounding the Beatles and everything they've done to me not getting full enjoyment out of this. Too many sleepy ballads such as ''For No One'' and unnecessary oddities like ''Yellow Submarine'' prevent me from giving the album a high rating. For the most part, I really can't get any enjoyment out of this album; it's missing an aura that I just can't explain.

The Beatles are definitely an important band to include in any type of music collection. REVOLVER may have a spot in your heart, but don't expect it to be the ''be all, end all'' of all albums. Historically significant, not much more.

Sinusoid | 3/5 |


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