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The Beatles



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4 stars The Beatles ( known better as the The White Album) is the ninth full-length studio album by British pop/ rock act The Beatles. The album was originally released as a double LP with thirty songs. A very ambitious project that has a few flaws but mostly excels in brilliant songwriting, extremely well sounding production and generally great musicianship. The recording of the album, which took place at Abbey Road Studios in London with George Martin as the producer as usual, was mared by the ego clashes of especially John Lennon and Paul McCartney ( and to a lesser extent George Harrison). Poor Ringo even left the band for a short period of time before returning because of the bad atmosphere. Many of the songs were almost recorded as solo projects and there were fierce discussions as to which songs were to be included on the album. The great variation between the songs is not a problem for me but as a whole the album seems a bit incoherent and Im sure the album would have benefitted greatly from leaving out a few of the more average or weak songs on the album. I absolutely loathe Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da and Im not particularly fond of the Ringo Starr led and folky Don't Pass Me By to say it as nicely as possible. They could have left out those two to start with if you ask me.

The album still contains some of the best songs The Beatles released though. I really enjoy the psychadelic and rather weird songs on the album like Glass Onion, Wild Honey Pie, The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill and Piggies but songs like While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Back In The U.S.S.R., Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Dear Prudence, Helter Skelter ( borderline heavy rock that one IMO) and the beautiful closer Good Night are also excellent songs. The 8:22 minute long experimental sound collage Revolution 9 was a bold move by The Beatles but its not to my personal taste. It is a standout track on the album though.

The Beatles ( The White Album) is not the strongest Beatles album IMO but its still an excellent album that fully deserves a 4 star rating. No one comes near The Beatles when were talking memorable and well written melodies and even their less than brilliant efforts are far better than most other music in the same vein from that time.

UMUR | 4/5 |


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