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ABBEY ROAD

The Beatles

 

Proto-Prog

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Mattiias
5 stars Rating: 10/10

The Beatles revolutionized music industry after releasing "Revolver" and "Sgt. Pepper", but they had never sounded so creative, challenging, inspired, genial as on "Abbey road".

Besides all the avant-garde merits the band accomplished in a short period of time, they manage to release their most carefully produced recording: a set of impeccable songs recorded extremely fussy and also flawless registered.

They were maturing in giant steps from one work to another and, though "Let it be" was their last release, "Abbey road" was actually the last time they joint their skills together into a recording studio.

Despite the fact they weren't recording together in the same room -at this point their human relationship was definitely broken-, the music didn't suffer even a bit of that.

Lennon was fully inspired as he shows us his most challenging side on "Come together", featuring one of the most glorious bass lines ever; then he finishes the 1st part of the album with the mind-blowing masterpiece "I want you (she's so heavy)", perhaps Lennon's best song ever with The Beatles -unfortunately mostly overpassed- in which the band crosses another thick line: Lennon takes a step forward the fury and potency of Mc Cartney's heavy metal seed "Helter skelter" and adds his usual psychedelic visions giving birth the first perfect commune between heavy metal and progressive rock into an almost 8 minutes suite: unbelievable.

Mc Cartney shows his wonderful changes of mood: he goes from silly on "Maxwell's silver hammer" and its delightfully rhythm, to shameless confessional man on "Oh! darling".

And Harrison is overwhelming and writes one of the greatest ballads ever, the emotive "Something"

Although the term "concept album" couldn't be fully applied as on "Sgt. Pepper", it would be totally wrong to dismiss it completely; on side 1 we find individual songs, but on almost the entire side 2 each one of the pieces are not only related but attached in-between them.

And if the 1st part shows great achievements and potential, the 2nd knocks you out, leaving you speechless.

Harrison shines once again with the folk jewel piece "Here comes the sun".

Mc Cartney is now angry and tells-off against music business on "You never give me your money" -title speaks for itself-.

Lennon comes from his incredible dense but genial "I want you" and takes a 180 degrees spin on the beautiful and heavenly "Because", another masterpiece.

And at this point if you're about to fall, they hit you with a killer punch up with a colorful and innovate collage of stunning songwriting short pieces that actually have a high value individually, but all together manage to form an incredible and crushing finale -Mc Cartney closes it all with the now evocative phrase: "...And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make..."-

"Abbey road" is the best The Beatles made in their entire career.

You can't choose a superior figure here -as on other albums-.

Lennon is more creative, eloquent and inspired than ever.

Mc Cartney is unafraid of showing every different artistic aspect and genial compositions as never before (oh my God, I almost forgot: please do yourself a favor and check -besides "The end"- "She came in through the bathroom window" and "Golden slumbers"... you'll have to thank me then...).

And, as never before happened on any other Beatles' release, many critics and part of the audience pointed Harrison as the stand out songwriter on this one because of those 2 precious pieces "Something" and "Here comes the sun".

That's why this is the best Beatles work ever; simply because this is Beatles at their best.

Mattiias | 5/5 |

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