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ABBEY ROAD

The Beatles

 

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Axel Dyberg
4 stars Wow. Where do I begin? The Beatles recorded Abbey Road as their last album. However, Let It Be was cancelled due to the rage within the band, and the how they all separated more and more (But it was released in 1971 however.). So instead came Abbey Road, where they assured George Martin that things would be better. And boy, were they ever!

The album opens up with Come Together. A very bluesy song with heavy bass. One of the best songs they ever did in my opinion. The vocals are incredibly fitting and the organ solo in the middle displays which virtuosity the members had on their instruments (Well, Ringo can be debated lol). Then comes a nice guitar solo while the songs volume slowly goes down.

Then comes the beautiful ballad Something, written by George. The song itself is perhaps the second best song George ever wrote and is definitely way beyond any of the White Albums 'filler' ballads.

Now is probably one of the albums less good songs. However, that doesn't mean it's bad. It's sort of like a childrens song. But listen to the lyrics. Not too much ''Children'' about it anymore eh? It's about a serial killer. Quite amusing :)

Then comes a song we all recognize. Oh Darling. It's a very good song, with a lovely vocal performance delivered to us by Sir Paul McCartney. And while the song isn't any of the albums strong ones, it's a fun song to just put on and listen to.

And now for Ringo's best song; Octopus's Garden. This song is very nice actually, with very up-beat drums, lovely guitar tone and beautiful vocal harmonies. The singing could be better, but the only time it's noticable is the first time Ringo sings ''Garden'' where he hits the note terribly wrong.

And now for the most progressive song The Beatles were to write. At 7 minutes long; I Want You (She's So Heavy) starts out with a dark, nightmare-ish riff and then comes the real gem; the verse. Hypnotic drumming with absolutely stunning guitar and vocal work. Then comes the intro riff again, followed by an incredible guitar solo section with complicated drums (For Ringo that is) and then comes the verse again, and then comes that riff again. That scary riff, which now colaborates with moog to make a windy, foggy night effect. And it does just that. The song ends in the middle of a note. This was what John wanted, since he wanted the listener to realize that they had been carried away by nothing more than a simple composition. And didn't we? ;)

After this comes the Medley. Said by many to be the best songs in a row ever. And here's why:

Now comes Harrisons best known song ever; Here Comes The Sun. With such stunning, beautiful guitar, there's really no question about it. Great vocals, backed up by cool drumming makes for a very outstanding song. The outro is especially amazing.

And then the albums worst song. This is the reason I gave it four stars instead of five. It's called Because. It starts with a boring riff, followed by vocal harmonies that have been duplicated 3 times 3. So that's 9 voices. Sure, nice addition. But after some singing, the song goes on for what seems to be forever due to the fact that they don't sing words anymore. It's just ''aaaaaah''s and ''ooooooh''s.

You Never Give Me Your Money is a great song, with several sections. It has a rather jazzy intro piano, then comes a more Rock 'n' Roll verse followed by intermissions, solos and such. Brilliant.

Sun King is another filler, but it's a nice addition to the medley and has beautiful vocal work. In the end there is nonsense language that means nothing. I guess it's just one more of John's crazy ideas.

Mean Mr. Mustard is an upbeat rocker that's again, a nice addition and brings a little mood to the whole thing. The song has no outstanding sections but it's nice, and is followed directly by...

Polythene Pam which is an awesome song. Unfortunately, it is very short. However, this song defines the term short but sweet. The guitar is awesome, the vocals remind me of early Led Zeppelin. The song leads over into...

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window. This song really didn't catch my attention, and can get boring at times. But it's quite a good song overall.

Golden Slumbers is the beginning of the three songs that marked The End and left fans weeping. It's a beautiful song, quite sad but involves awesome drumming that sets the mood very good. It then quickly changes into...

Carry That Weight which is a very good song. In the middle is a little reprise from You Never Give Me Your Money, and then it changes to the normal song again. And then comes the final song...

The End. What a finish. It's upbeat, it's rocky, it's awesome. First there are some screeching vocals, followed by Ringo's only drum solo ever recorded. It's not a technical drum solo, but it's something. Then comes a choir with distorted guitars singing ''Love You''. This is where the golden part comes in; John, George and Paul take turns in playing solos. Sort of a duel if you may, however, a friendly one ;) Paul's simple, free form solos with higher pitched notes and tone, George's bluesy, hard sounding solos and John's heavily chordal based solos make for a final song that blows me away every time. Suddenly, it all stops to leave place for a beautiful piano riff followed by these very words; that people say was the meaning of The Beatles message: ''And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make''. Then, some final notes and chords, and then it all ends. Or does it? Not really...

Her Majesty is a 22 second song followed 14 seconds after The End. It's actually quite beuatiful, and could've joined Here Comes The Sun would it have been longer. But unfortunately it isn't. Oh well.

What a brilliant way to end The Beatles career.

Thank you for taking time and patience to read this review!

Axel Dyberg | 4/5 |

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