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Frankie Flowers
4 stars 'Rubber Soul' is a very important album because it took rock music to a new level. The band proved to be more talented than anyone had imagined. On one hand, the songwriting took an enormous turn. There's some vivid imagery and themes about life and its emotions.The opening 'Drive My Car' also shows a stylistic progression, as it's more of a solid rock approach. The sitar on the folk ballad 'Norwegian Wood' is legendary too, and again the lyrics are more thought-provoking.This time, The Beatles had a lot to say. This album is certainly lusher, darker, and more complex than many listeners think.

"Nowhere Man" is one example and a definite highlight. So is the emotional "In My Life" and the impassioned delivery of "Girl". The arrangements are interesting too, from the subtle but intricate vocals on 'You Won't See Me', and the laughing effect of the fuzz guitar on 'Think For Yourself'. It's a wonderful musical experience, bursting with variety and originality. There's an unusual blend of rock, folk and soul here. The following album was even more varied and psychedelic than this one but there are some hints of "Revolver" here too. I can't understand anyone who would call this stuff poor. Beatle fan or not. Very strong, solid work. 4 stars.

Frankie Flowers | 4/5 |


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