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REVOLVER

The Beatles

 

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4.37 | 625 ratings

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Mr. Mustard
4 stars Revolver is the band's first forage into the world of psychedelic, and more thought provoking art-rock music. This album takes the blueprints and production of the previous album and lays out some compositionally superior stuff throughout.

Finally, there is quite a variety of styles here that were simply missing in past albums. You have your more psychedelic songs in 'I'm Only Sleeping, Lennon's 'Tomorrow Never Knows,' and Harrison's 'Love You Too, which also has an Eastern inflection.

There are the typical poppy songs in 'Yellow Submarine,' 'Good Day Sunshine,' 'For No One' and 'Got to Get You Into My Life.' The slightly more rocking songs include 'Taxman,' 'She Said, She Said,' 'And Your Bird Can Sing' and 'Dr. Robert.'

But the band also included a variety of instruments and techniques into their composition. Dissonance was used 'I Want to Tell You,' and a special reversal technique was used by Harrison in 'I'm Only Sleeping.' 'Eleanor Rigby' is based on the use of strings, and there is miscellaneous use of trumpet and sax on a few songs.

Revolver is the album that changed it all for the band, and plunged them into the world art-rock and experimenting that would only increase in future efforts.

8/10

Mr. Mustard | 4/5 |

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