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RUBBER SOUL

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Studio Album, released in 1965

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Drive My Car (2:30)
2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (2:05)
3. You Won't See Me (3:22)
4. Nowhere Man (2:44)
5. Think For Yourself (2:19)
6. The Word (2:43)
7. Michelle (2:42)
8. What Goes On (2:50)
9. Girl (2:33)
10. I'm Looking Through You (2:27)
11. In My Life (2:27)
12. Wait (2:16)
13. If I Needed Someone (2:23)
14. Run For Your Life (2:18)

Total Time 35:39

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Line-up / Musicians

- Paul McCartney / bass, vocals
- John Lennon / guitar, vocals
- George Harrison / guitars, sitar
- Ringo Starr / drums

Releases information

PMC 1267 (Mono)
PCS 3075 (Stereo)
CDP 7 46440 2 (C.D.)

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THE BEATLES Rubber Soul ratings distribution


3.88
(474 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(34%)
34%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(42%)
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Good, but non-essential (19%)
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Review by chopper
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3 stars Rubber Soul is where the Beatles really began to shake off the pop tag and move on to something different. Named after McCartney's "plastic soul" comment which can be heard on the Anthology, this is the Beatles at their sharpest before Dr Robert's drugs began to take hold. The Otis Redding-inspired opener "Drive my car" kicks off the album nicely, before we move into the pyromaniac "Norwegian Wood" (supposedly Lennon confessing an affair). "You won't see me" is another rocker, possibly overlong. "Nowhere Man" features some stunning harmonies (even better on the recent Yellow Submarine songtrack CD). "Think for yourself" is the first of Harrison's 2 strong efforts, featuring distorted bass. "The Word" is another soul-influenced number, predicting the Summer of Love almost 2 years in advance. The slightly cloying "Michelle" is pretty much a Macca solo effort, but, bypassing the obligatory Ringo effort "What goes on", this leads us into a run of 4 classics, from "Girl" with the rude "tit tit" backing through to "Wait". "I'm looking through you" was aimed at Jane Asher and features a great Macca vocal. There is a good version of this on the Anthology. "In My Life" is possibly Lennon's finest moment, rivalled only by "Strawberry Fields Forever". An emotional lyric, wonderful harmonies and Martin's speeded up baroque style piano solo make this the highlight of this album and a true gem. "Wait" is a rare Lennon-McCartney joint effort left over from the "Help" sessions. "If I needed someone" is Harrison's 2nd effort, featuring a Byrds-inspired guitar line. Even Lennon didn't like the slightly nasty "Run for your life", which ends the album on a bit of a low note, however this album was the start of greatness for the Beatles, eclipsed by "Revolver" the following year. I've only given it 3 stars as it can't really be called an "addition to any prog music collection". In the PopArchives it would be a 4 star gem.

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Posted Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars This is a very interesting album which marked a difference with the previous albums recorded by The Beatles, as the arrangements became more elaborated. The band had an evolution, and this album is one step closer to Proto-Prog.

"Drive My Car" is a good Rocker with piano played by Paul and a good lead guitar by George Harrison. "Norwegian Wood" is a beautiful song with sitar played by George Harrison. "You Won`t See Me" has good lyrics and piano, plus very good harmony vocals. "Nowhere Man" has good lyrics and harmony vocals and a very good guitar solo by Harrison. "Think for Yourself" (composed by Harrison) has a fuzz bass and good lyrics too. "The Word" is not one of the best songs in this album, but has an Harmonium played by George Martin. "Michelle" is a very good ballad, with good acoustic guitars and some words sung in French. "What Goes On" is a song composed by Lennon/McCartney/Starkey, the only song composed by the three, sung by Ringo, is more a "Country & Western" song. "Girl" has good lyrics and some humorous vocals, and very good guitar arrangements. "I`m Looking Through You" has an organ part (one chord, really) credited to Ringo. "In My Life" is a great song, the best song on this album, IMO, with very good lyrics, sung with feeling by John, and a great speeded-up piano solo played and arranged by George Martin. "Wait" is a more "ordinary" song. "If I Needed Someone" is one of the best songs which George Harrison composed for and recorded with The Beatles,is one of my favourites in this album, with very good 12 string electric guitars. "Run for Your Life" is another "ordinary" song.

Yes, it`s true. The Beatles had the time against them recording this album, so they had to use one song which was originally recorded for the "Help!" album, "Wait", finishing the recording of this song to be included in this album.

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Posted Sunday, April 23, 2006

Review by Chicapah
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4 stars The cover said it all. The fish-eyed , off-kilter, odd-angled picture of the somber foursome told us all that we'd never be able to look at them the same way ever again. The public's hysteria had ruined stage performing for them forevermore and they had made the decision to devote all their time and energy to creating songs in George Martin's unrestricted studio playground. The result was nothing short of musical revolution for the masses. This one required contemplation in order to process the tunes mentally and that was unheard of in pop music. But the time was right. From the strange guitar intro and chord progression of "Drive My Car" to the incredible introspection that is "In My Life" we fans knew we had ventured into uncharted seas with only the four self-assured and confident members of the band as guides. We heard a sitar for the first time on "Norwegian Wood" and a fuzz bass on "Think for yourself." We were informed that the "Word" was love and that if you didn't understand that concept you'd become a "Nowhere Man." We were told why they wouldn't be touring anymore on "You Won't See Me" when they sang "Time after time you refused to even listen." And, in "I'm Looking through You" we were told that "Love has a nasty habit of disappearing overnight." The only thing that keeps this from a 5 star rating is the unfortunate inclusion of "Run for your Life," perhaps one of the only throw-away songs they ever recorded. Nonetheless, the album represents the Beatles' turning away from the constant pressure of appealing to popular acceptance and entering the realm of experimentation and fearless musical exploration that was to characterize their work from that point onward.

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Posted Friday, July 07, 2006

Review by bhikkhu
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4 stars This is where things get really interesting. The Beatles left pure pop behind them, and started to venture into uncharted territory. It may not sound like it now, but this was a truly groundbreaking album. Brian Wilson sited it as an inspiration for "Pet Sounds." This was where rock became a true art form. They incorporated different time signatures, new instruments, and other musical styles. This may not be prog as we know it now, but it was the prog of the time.

"Drive My Car is a solid rocker, but sounds more like the big rock bands of the '70s, than the bands of the mid '60s. The bass is finally given its due (as it is throughout the album), and what is that sound ... oh yes, a cowbell (I've got a fever...).

"Norwegian Wood" is a beautifully crafted tune, complete with sitar. It's an odd tale, about a one-night stand. The lyrics must have had people all over the world scratching their heads. "Nowhere Man" has incredibly lush vocal harmonies. The instrumentation is not overblown, and just the right accompaniment.

"Think for Yourself" has those harmonies again, and nice fuzz guitar (is this the first time?). "The Word" is a groovy, funk inspired number, with a few change-ups. Lyrically, it is a great, simple message about the power of love. This also may be the first time it was used as a general concept, instead of just between two people.

"Michelle" is yet another outstanding love song, and has that added international aspect.

"What Goes On" has the boys going country again, with Ringo on lead vocal. I love Harrison's clipped guitar work on this one.

"Girl" is a heart wrenching number about a troubled relationship. The changes, and mandolin sounds, bring this tune very close to prog.

"In my Life" is a candidate for my favorite song of all time. It's simple, and excessively beautiful. This is the perfect one to play for a girlfriend who is worried about your past relationships. Great use of harpsichord on this one too.

"If I Needed Someone" is where George finally stands out as a songwriter. It isn't that he hadn't done well before, but this one is brilliant.

"Run for Your Life" is an odd choice for an album closer. Not so much a love song, as it is a threat. Nice slide guitar work from Harrison here (something he would later get a lot of recognition for).

This is a perfect album. Absolutely flawless is not an overstatement. If you have never heard it, I suggest you turn off the computer, and go get a copy right now. Unfortunately, I can't call this a masterpiece of prog, so it gets four stars. That means that it would be an excellent addition to any prog collection. Outside of that constraint, it is a must for any well-rounded music collection.

H.T. Riekels

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Posted Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Review by Cygnus X-2
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4 stars Rubber Soul is the album that marked a new era for the Beatles. Gone were the simplistic pieces about holding hands and being happy just to dance, and in came songs about risque affairs, nowhere men, and reflections on life itself. It also would be the first album since A Hard Day's Night to feature all original compositions and it would also be the first album to have a Starkey contribution to it (although it was only one line in the middle eight), and Harrison's two songs would be thought provoking and prove that not all catchy songs have to be love songs. Surely, though, this album would be the first in a string of many excellent albums for the Beatles that would take them through the rest of their career's working together.

Drive My Car opens the album with a rollicking guitar lick and some nice piano work from McCartney, as well as a fun chorus and some nice harmonies. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) is the first track to show the first true progression in the Beatles. This nice acoustic ballad is augmented with George Harrison's first flirtations with the sitar, and it gives the piece a nice oriental feel. Lennon is also great on the guitar and he wrote some great lyrics (about an affair) to go along with it. You Won't See Me also features some more keyboard oriented parts with some nice hammond organ bits from Mal Evans and some nice harmonies. Nowhere Man is a song that would become one of my favorite songs from the group. A creative chord progression and some witty lyrics are combined with lush vocals and a great lead performance from John. Think For Yourself is the first Harrison penned piece of the album, and similar to You Like Me Too Much, Harrison was writing about failing relationships and the idea that you don't need people to carry on. It has a nice chorus as well as some great guitar work. The Word features some nice stabbing chords and a cool harmonium break from George Martin (the Beatles seemed to be using the classic progressive rock keyboards even this early in the game) and some cool mutli-layered vocals from John.

Michelle is a somber tune with some touching lyrics and vocals from McCartney as well as a nice melody and some creative instrumentation. What Goes On is the Starr vocal performance of the album, and it would mark his first writing credit with the group (the next one wouldn't come until The White Album). It's an affair similar to that of Act Naturally on the previous album Help!, it being a more country/rockabilly tune at its core, and it's a very fun song as well. Girl is one of the songs that really doesn't do anything for me. It's not that it's a bad song, it's good, but it just doesn't have that kick that the other songs do. I'm Looking Through You gives Ringo a shot at the Hammond organ during the instrumental breakdowns. This song also shows Paul McCartney delving into the same territory that George Harrison was going into, and he did a great job at it with this sneering piece. In My Life is a somber retrospective song with some thoughtful, almost tear jerking lyrics from Lennon as well as a creative melody, and George Martin's piano break is nothing short of spectacular. Wait, and Run For Your Life are two of the last pieces, and they are a bit underwhelming (Lennon always said Run For Your Life was his least favorite song), but If I Needed Someone makes up for both of them with nice intelligent lyrics from Harrison and some creative instrumentation and musicianship.

Overall, Rubber Soul would be the best Beatles album to date and it ushered in a new era of creativity and experimentation for them. Their next album, Revolver, would utilize more studio techniques and a lot more experimentation. So does this make Rubber Soul a progressive record? Well, not entirely, but it certainly was a step in the right direction and it would ultimately lead to their masterworks and their most creative albums. For those looking into the foundations of progressive rock, you could find something of value here. 4/5.

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Posted Monday, July 31, 2006

Review by Chris S
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4 stars Classic stuff. ' Rubber Soul' for me was the beginning of the more psychelic side to the Beatles. Overall it is very hard to fault this fine album from the opener' Drive My car' and the following ' Norwegian Wood' you knew straightaway this was not some fad band happy to slam out hundreds of hits on a monthly basis. ' Rubber Soul' is full of ironically....'Soul', tons of it. George Harrison's guitar work especially creative and Lennon and McCartney supply their normal truckload of fanfare. The Beatles influenced so many bands in their formative years but personally I believe ' Rubber Soul' was the beginning of further albums that helped shape the psychedlic progressive rock era that so many of us enjoy.'Nowhere Man' and ' Girl' are other great gems on this highly acclaimed release by the fab four.

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Review by 1800iareyay
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4 stars Rubber Soul marks several important changes in the greatest band of past, present, and future, The Beatles. First, the band decided to stop touring because they believed that their booked scheldule was resulting in lower quality albums; in essence, they feared albums being stopgaps between touring. Thus, the band focused all their attention on music, always a good sign. Next, I'm sure The Beatles had taken drugs before now, bu this is where they began to center songs around their experiences on drugs, particulalry acid. It isn't nearly as prevalent on this album as it is on every subsequent Beatles album, but it was the impotus of experimentation in the band's sound and musical direction.

The other change is that Lennon and McCartney's oligarchy on the band's lyrics was broken by George Harrison, who would go on to write some of the band's best lyrics. His contributions are "Think For Yourself" and "If I Needed Someone" two of the strongest tracks on the album. Ringo also gets a moment in the sun, but his mediocre vocals on "What Goes On" hint at why he doesn't sing too often. This album is a classic of rock music. Songs like the infectious "Drive My Car" and the catchy "Taxman" bridge the gap between the hok-heavy pop of yesteryear with the equally hook-laden masterpeices that would arrive shortly. The sitar on "Norweigan Wood" shows the band's newfound sense of experimentation. "In My Life" is the first lyrical triumph of the band, though it would soon be forgotten among the avalanche of lyrical genius on Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's abbey Road, and the White Album.

Geroge Martin's production proves why he was and is the greatest producer of all time. He is every bit as important to the band's experimentation as psychedlic drugs, though I'm certainly not comparing the two;). While this is a landmark album of rock as a whole, it isn't a prog masterpiece. However, it is the earliest form of non-jazz experimentation, and it would prove vital in the maturity of The Beatles whose work from here on would be the basis of psychedelic rock which would give birth to prog. As a prog album it barely gets four stars, though Revolver would improve things and Sgt. Pepper's would see teh band's peak.

Grade: B-

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Posted Thursday, January 04, 2007

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Paul McCartney came up with the title "Rubber Soul" as a pun directed at some of the black artists who were complaining that the wave of white artists (The Beatles,The Who,The Kinks, Rolling Stones who were playing a brand of R&B influenced music) were in fact playing "plastic soul" music, not the real soul music they were playing.

Though still making pop songs the band is starting to develope their sound. In fact George Harrison said that "Rubber Soul" was "the best one we made" because "we were suddenly hearing sounds that we weren't able to hear before". "Norwegian Wood" would be the first pop song to feature sitar on it. I like the acoustic guitar as well, and also the line "she told me to sit anywhere, so I looked around and noticed there wasn't a chair".

"Nowhere Man" is a Lennon song that was a depressing picture of himself. Great song though. "Think For Yourself" is a Harrison song with McCartney playing fuzz bass on it. "Michelle" is of course a classic while "What Goes On" is a very country sounding tune. "In My Life" is a beautiful ballad while "If I Needed Someone", another Harrison song has some really good guitar on it, and is another favourite of mine.

Another classic album where The Beatles are starting to pay more attention to the recording process, spending more time in the studio.

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Posted Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Review by Seyo
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4 stars For me, this is the place where all got started (and not overrated Sgt. Pepper): expansion of music with different influences, studio experiments, early psychedelic design of the cover, and above all amazing song writing. Sitar sounds in "Norwegian Wood", wonderful vocal harmonies in "Girl" and "Nowhere Man", European classical touches in "Michelle", all show that something irreversible is happening: a progressive widening of sources and influences that would start infiltrating the simple template of the known rock'n'roll song format. "Rubber Soul" is one of the most important albums in rock history and one of the Beatles' best works.

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Posted Monday, May 14, 2007

Review by ZowieZiggy
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4 stars In 1973, I got used to the whole discography of the band and this album was one of my favourite one.

It clearly marked some evolution in terms of instrumentation. The best example is "Norwegian Wood" of course. The use of a sitar on a rock track was quite revolutionary for the time. The Stones will also use one in the fantastic "Paint it, Black". It is one of my fave from this Fab Four album.

The band have never reached such perfection in their vocal arrangements and some gorgeous songs are featured on this album which is an enchantment to listen to. The opener "Drive My Car" featuring funny lyrics is one of them even if Paul is not too enthusiastic about it. "Nowhere Man" is another one of that kind. It is auto biographic and explains John situation while trying hard to come up with a song for "Rubber Soul". Since he couldn't write anything good after several hours. He thought of himself, I quote : ""Then I thought of myself as Nowhere Man - sitting in his nowhere land". And here we go...

Some great songs in awaiting of the bilingual "Michele". Another brilliant yet simple and ultra melodic, melancholic ballad. I am virtually excessively moved while listening it for this review. Because when you concentrate on these songs (which unfortunately little people do), you are just submerged with such an emotional feeling.

The good point of the vinyl album was that you had to physically get up and turn the record to listen to side two, because the shock with "What Goes On" is tremendous. By far the weakest song from this album. Press next to prolonged the enchantment of "Michele" with one of their most melodic song ever : "Girl". An unusually mood for a Lennon song. But how great it is. Another highlight."In My Life" sounds childish and was harshly criticized by John (who wrote it). Still, a jewel in my standards.

The second Harrison song from this album stressed, if needed, that his composing skills are exceptional and I understand his frustration to be allowed to only feature one of his songs here and there on the Fab Four albums. It was his only song ever played live. Prior to this there was already "Think For Yourself" which showed interesting backing instrumental parts.

Almost each song here does get a great treat. Melody as well as lyrics. "Run For your Life" is far from being a childish song as it MAY sound. John's lyrics are rather hard towards the fair sex.

I quote : "You better run for your life if you can, little girl. Hide your head in the sand little girl. Catch you with another man. That's the end'a little girl. Let this be a sermon. I mean everything I've said. Baby, I'm determined. And I'd rather see you dead".

In other words, you belong to me, little girl.

This album is probably the best one the Fab Four have recorded so far. Four stars.

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Posted Saturday, December 15, 2007

Review by Gatot
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4 stars Using previous album "Help" sound mastery, the band added some more depth and a bit complex arrangements in their music. The success of making such an excellent sound in "Help" album made them very confident to secure the sound technology and improved their musical ideas. The opening track "Drive My Car" (2:30) depicts clearly how the upbeat tempo pop music combined with catchy chorus and choirs has made it a great track. The main structure is basically a pop music but it has been enriched with tasteful vocal harmonies, catchy guitar solo and melody. "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" (2:05) demonstrates the depth and complexity of the song followed with pop rock outfit "You Won't See Me" (3:22).

"Nowhere Man" (2:44) is also a good example of a bit complex arrangements with excellent vocal harmonies. The guitar melody demonstrates an uplifting mood that makes the song is rich in arrangements. It's simple but it works well. The album also features "Michelle" which has become a well-known ballad. Another great ballad is "Girl" which has good melody and simple arrangements. That's another strong point of The Beatles whereby they can make a good song with only acoustic setting like "Girl". Not only that, they can further build their music with strong foundation of their core competence in creating excellent notes that form catchy melody line.

Overall, this is an excellent offering from The Beatles.

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Posted Saturday, December 29, 2007

Review by Atkingani
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4 stars Finally a Beatles release that here in Brazil was equal to the original, same title, same track listing and same track order. hooray! Only the year was a bit different, since Rubber Soul was issued here in early 1966 instead of 1965 - we had to wait for their next album to see things definitely aligned.

And finally a Beatles album we can (even barely) place in the proto-prog section. another hooray! And also with Rubber Soul we start to understand why The Beatles were so influential for the prog genre development - but they were not the only ones; around 1965 to blend rock with other genres was not a novelty although not mainstream and the first echoes of psychedelia were just arriving and many acts bought the tickets for the trip prior to them. but when the Beatles got the ship, it was huge and notorious.

Almost all songs are well-known but here goes an opinion based on my taste about them: we have good rocks like 'Drive my car' and 'Think for yourself', some fine ballads like 'Girl' and 'You won't see me', songs able to be tagged as proto-prog like 'In my life' and 'Norwegian wood' and the Dylan-inspired 'Nowhere man', a kind of continuation of 'I'm a loser' and 'Help!' from their previous albums. All other songs are typical Beatle-score and are nicely audible with the exception of the forgettable 'What goes on' (poor Ringo!).

Noticeable are the presence of producer George Martin and also other guest musicians that could share their experiences with the guys, influencing them heavily for the years and albums to come. As mentioned, Beatles showed an array of different spots going from erudite to folk and the pop-rock (and later prog-rock) scenario gained immensely with this direction. Rubber Soul isn't a masterpiece but an excellent addition to any music collection, including those collections settled on a progressive music foundation.

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Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Review by UMUR
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4 stars Rubber Soul is the sixth full-length studio album by British pop/ rock act The Beatles. The album was as all previous albums by the band recorded at Abbey Road studios in London and produced by George Martin. It was released on the 3rd of December 1965. My introduction to The Beatles was through this album. My parents werenīt really fans of The Beatles even though they both had the perfect age to have experienced Beatlemania. Rubber Soul was the only Beatles album I was able to find in their record collection when I was a teenager and for many years it was the only album by the band that I listened to. I havenīt listened to Rubber Soul in many years though but it brought back many fond memories when I took out my old LP ( well it is my parents LP but it resides in my collection at the time) and took a listen before writing this review. It had both me, my wife and my kids jumping up and down like crazy so itīs safe to say that this album has an impact on me ( and my surroundings).

The music is song and vocal oriented pop/ rock but compared to the first five studio releases by the band Rubber Soul is a far more sophisticated creature. Allthough I really enjoy the previous album Help (1965) the experiments on Rubber Soul really sets it apart from the early relesases by The Beatles. All songs are of high class and the only song thatīs a bit below average is the Ringo Starr led What Goes On. Songs like Drive My Car, Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) ( with added citar! A new thing in The Beatles universe), Nowhere Man, The Word, In My Life, If I Needed Someone and the beautiful ballad Michelle are all excellent examples of how great The Beatles had become at writing beautiful melodies and making sophisticated arrangements of the songs at this stage in their career.

They had also grown as musicians and their performance is very good on this album. As always itīs the vocals that steal the picture though. Simply because they are wonderful. Strong lead vocal performances as well as beautiful harmony vocals.

The production is powerful and detailed. A very strong production.

Rubber Soul is where The Beatles went from making good music to making excellent and intriguing music IMO. Rubber Soul fully deserves the 4 stars that I will give it. Maybe the best place to start for newcomers?

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Posted Saturday, May 23, 2009

Review by Negoba
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4 stars The Best of the Best

This may be the best album ever made. The Beatles, that almost unholy convergence of talent and good luck, were just starting to grow up. Their pop craft was at its sharpest and if I were to pick one album as a textbook for songwriting, this is the one. Melody, harmony, economy, rhythm, all the basics are so perfectly in evidence here that despite hour after hour of study, I still learn every time I return to these songs. Even the misogynistic "Run for your Life" is a splendid piece of songcraft despite it's now cringe-worthy lyrics.

Much of the album centers around the slow death of Paul McCartney's relationship with actress Jane Asher. Many of his songs like "You Won't See Me" and "I'm Looking Through You" have a bite that they never did either before or after this album. At the same John writes some of his most tender love songs ("In My Life", "Girl") while starting to develop his alter-ego theme ("Nowhere Man"). In all, everything that was good about the Beatles meets here, and continues for one more album. But where on Revolver the experimentation had really begun in earnest, on Rubber Soul, it was still in its infancy. The simple sitar line in "Norwegian Wood" introduces a flavor the would later define a generation, but here it seems almost innocent and quaint. At the same time, the songs on Revolver are not quite as strong but their sound was so revolutionary that it triumphed not only as icon of rock but of prog as well.

Here on prog archives, I cannot call this a masterpiece of progressive rock music, because it just wasn't all that progressive. But as a piece of perfect songwriting, it is still an excellent addition to any collection.

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Posted Saturday, June 20, 2009

Review by Finnforest
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5 stars The first of my two Beatle masterpieces

I will go to my grave fighting the widely held, errant belief that Revolver and Abbey Road are the best Beatles albums. For when one strips away the flowery frosting and looks to the most important factor of great songwriting, it is the material recorded just prior to these albums that are the finest Beatle recordings: Rubber Soul and Let It Be. I can already hear the howling out there and the rolling of every pair of eyes, but alas, for these two albums I shall suffer the disdain of my peers.

Rubber Soul was released in December of 1965 closing out another fantastic year for the lads. They had resolved to write all original material for this one and spend much more time in the studio. I believe they logged over 100 hours on this, probably extravagant at the time, these days just enough time for Big Star X to arrange the candles and schedule tee times for midday break. Revolver is worshiped by every rock rag as the greatest album ever and that seems to common belief by many music fans but I've never agreed. It is heralded for breaking ground but in truth the complexity level is not so different that what came a few months before it. Revolver has a bit more icing on the edges I will admit, these nice little effects and tricks designed to show off their newly acquired trippy muscles. So the boys dragged more stuff out of the closet and the prog heads see this as some huge advancement toward progressive rock. I think not. Revolver was made with the assistance of LSD and the boys were pushing things but the icing doesn't make a better cake. In fact Revolver is like Rubber Soul-part 2 but the original has a bit more magic and impressive original songwriting.

John Lennon called Rubber Soul "the pot album" for the great inspiration this substance had here. Well meaning folks will say you don't need drugs to make good music, and while this certainly is true for many artists, these folks are being intellectually dishonest if they fail to acknowledge the significant impact THC had on many of the recording artists of this period. For while the talent must be there to begin with, newbie marijuana use no doubt lowered inhibition and gave the artist just another avenue into somewhat more fantastic ideas and arrangements than might otherwise have been obvious, at a time when it was not considered as threatening as it is today. It was artistically liberating and helpful to many musicians any way you slice it. I believe the "more and harder" drugs the Beatles would eventually dive into did not help them artistically beyond a certain point, but on Rubber Soul the newness and innocence of the period experience is so obviously a positive, joyful vibe that permeates every track. I agree with Philip Norman's assessment in "Lennon" that about half the album consists of great pop tracks that confirmed them as creators of the "catchiest, classiest, edgiest pop around." And that the other half of the songs "were of an order so different, so vastly superior, it was hard to believe they sprang from the same musicians or moment in time....these owed nothing to any other current pop sound and fit no known categories."

The album opens with another solid Beatle single in "Drive My Car." Then comes a Lennon masterpiece up there with "Yesterday," the phenomenal "Norwegian Wood." John's lines about this encounter are pure poetry of the highest order, complete with a slightly mysterious ending if you think about it. The accompanying Harrison sitar part is so perfectly suited because it adds just the right exotic touch, but his part remains simple so as not to overpower it, as that instrument easily could. Lennon would easily outshine McCartney on Rubber Soul, something not true of every album. The disillusioned majesty of "Nowhere Man" is another gem. The incredible vocal of "Girl" where an incredulous John audibly inhales/sighs to express that which words left short. What a great moment. There is the tender and melancholic "In My Life" which any of us can relate to as a nostalgic love letter to our past and our future. Martin's brilliant solo is actually Bach inspired piano but he toyed with the recording speed to make it sound a bit like Harpsichord. (Like John's breathing on Girl, this was another trick that actually worked for something important, as opposed to some of the overkill effects on Revolver and Pepper that were just dressing.) McCartney's best moment was the perfectly sweetened (but not too much) romanticism of "Michelle" with its lovely guitar/bass, harmonies, and bit of French (another meaningful touch). George contributed two strong tracks and was beginning to show that he could produce to a good level despite being trapped in a band with a team like Lennon/McCartney. "Think for Yourself" has killer vocals and feature Paul on a fuzzed up bass part for a distinct sound.

Rubber Soul will remain the iconic masterpiece of the mid 1960s in my personal opinion, showcasing a band at the height of their unity, talent, and potential for fun. Listen again to them both, and listen first and foremost to the quality of the songs, not the special effects or backwards tapes nonsense. You'll find songs of equal quality for the most part, but those of Rubber Soul packing a bit more magic and meaning in their beautiful simplicity. One of the greatest recordings of all time.

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Review by Rune2000
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3 stars While Help showed the early stages of a band in transition, Rubber Soul was where the Beatles weren't trying to hide it anymore. Love it or hate it, this is definitely an important transitional release that helped shape albums like Revolver and therefore kick-started the band's experimental phase.

I can definitely agree that the Beatles weren't on top of their game with the release of Rubber Soul. The album was released only a few month after Help and just in time for Christmas season 1965. Still, there is no doubt about a great deal of amazing songs featured here. Big public favorites like Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown), Drive My Car and Nowhere Man may not be among my personal favorites but they still complement the highlights quite well. To me, it's all about those two French-inspired compositions called Michelle and Girl that unfortunately often get overshadowed by, what I can only assume to be, publics fascination with sitar sound and studio wizardry.

Yes, Rubber Soul might have been a great achievement from a recording point of view, plus it just might have been the first British pop record to feature a sitar, but I don't find these aspects as interesting as excellent songwriting. Since this album was one of my later stabs at the Beatles' discography, it doesn't have that nostalgia factor as Help or many of their previous albums have on me. Still, its a decent recording that should definitely be respected for brining forth the elements that would be perfected on albums like Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Even though I do enjoy Rubber Soul it doesn't really reach the level of the next few releases and in order to differentiate it from the bunch I'm giving it a good, but non-essential rating with a big plus sign on the side.

***** star songs: Michelle (2:42) Girl (2:33)

**** star songs: Drive My Car (2:30) Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (2:05) You Won't See Me (3:22) Nowhere Man (2:44) Think For Yourself (2:19) What Goes On (2:50) In My Life (2:27) Wait (2:16) Run For Your Life (2:18)

*** star songs: The Word (2:43) I'm Looking Through You (2:27) If I Needed Someone (2:23)

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Review by friso
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3 stars The Beatles - Rubber Soul (1965) mono

This is perhaps the last beat-oriented Beatles album. The songs have that classic beat-music sound with it's simple drums and rhythmical patterns. The song-writing is good, if not memorable. Most of the songs are worthwhile and some are actually quite good. Songs like Michelle, If I Needed Someone and Run For Your Life stand out as songs with both good lyrics and inventive use of chords (for the time it was recorded that is). There is no progressive music to be found anywhere on this album.

I myself own a second-hand mono vinyl of the album, and I must say I'm beginning to understand the hype about mono records of the Beatles. The music sounds authentic and present. It convinced me to get some more Beatles oldies on mono vinyl.

Conclusion. I don't have a lot say about this nice pop/beat album. If you like sixties music and light psychedelic rock that sounds very sweet (as in 'candy') this would be an excellent addition to your music collection. I'm not going to say it's the Beatles, so it must be essential. Young people might even be disappointed (as in 'this is it?').

Just a good record that deserves three stars.

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Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
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3 stars This is the album where The Beatles became a bit more experimental and even darker in some ways. The songs focussed on the similar love themes of other albums but there was an edge of sinister cynicism on the material; Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) is Lennon at his cynical best, You Won't See Me and Nowhere Man are mysterious and downbeat. Think For Yourself is a strange lyrical beast, Girl has some weird air sucking sounds giving it a weirdness that other songs at the time did not have. Run For Your Life is a moody little song with threatening lyrics, warning if Lennon catches his woman with another man "that's the end".

It is all quite a mixed bag. The highlight is perhaps Drive My Car with such a great melody and well known worldwide. Other songs are rather melancholy such as the lilting Paul ballad Michelle complete with French lyrics. The album is one for all Beatles addicts, but the best was yet to come.

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Review by colorofmoney91
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1 stars I'm not really a huge Beatles fan, but I know that I enjoy their music at least a little bit. The music on "Rubber Soul" isn't really interesting in my opinion, but it is very accessible.

Thought not interesting, there are some moments that set this apart from most poppy music (inclusion of sitars, the French language), but still, this is pop music. Some of the tracks here happen to be quite beautiful and uplifting, but I can't imagine myself listening to this album in full, and I'd play selected tracks only once in a while. Also, for being pop music, I don't detect anything memorable here.

This is a Beatles album for Beatles fans only, which I'm not really.

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Review by baz91
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4 stars Then everything changed. After five pop-oriented LPs, the early sound was starting to get a little old, and since The Beatles were popular enough so that anything they wrote would go straight to #1, they decided to experiment just a little. As a result, many of the songs off this record feel more satisfying and wholesome than the tracks off the earlier records. Also, there appears to have been new technology to record this album, as it sounds far clearer than the earlier records.

The first songs to note are Michelle and In My Life, both of which are infinitely more mature than any song The Beatles had written before. Girl is also a fantastic song with very meaningful lyrics, and ones that I can sadly relate to! Norwegian Wood is now a classic song, with it's cryptic lyrics and the use of sitar. Nowhere Man shows the more psychedelic side of The Beatles, although it's still in its infancy here. I particularly like the heavy sound of Think For Yourself. The Word has a very similar theme to Yes's Time And A Word, and probably inspired it. I'm Looking Through You is an amazing song with great lyrics and a wonderful memorable melody. Run For Your Life has some of the most horrible lyrics of any Beatles track: the lyrics start with 'Well I'd rather see you dead, little girl than to be with another man' and just get worse from there on! According to John Lennon, this was the song he most regretted writing.

While The Beatles had already proved themselves as a brilliant pop group, it was with Rubber Soul that they started to secure their place as one of the best bands of all time. This is an extremely important album, for The Beatles and for rock music in general. The music here is fabulous, but the best was yet to come!

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars Finally able to record an album in a properly planned series of sessions rather than grabbing studio time here and there between concert and filming appearances, Rubber Soul showcases the Beatles doing precisely what they want to do, with less commercial influence than ever before. Of course, Parlophone weren't fools - they realised by this point that anything the band produced would sell like mad, so there was no point not letting them indulge themselves. What results is the first "mature" Beatles album - gone is the pretence that rock music is just for kids, and in its place comes a set of grown-up songs expressing grown-up feelings and attitudes - as expressed in songs such as Drive My Car and Nowhere Man. Love is no longer the simplistic unalloyed good yearned for in the lyrics of the early album; it's a complicated business, people make mistakes, and when mistakes happen things get ugly very fast. Or maybe, as on the Word, it's something altogether more mystical than that...

With the added lyrical depth came more musical experimentation. George Harrison's sitar on Norwegian Wood - otherwise a fairly simple (if well-crafted) folky piece - is in some ways hilariously out of place, but there's no denying that it adds something to the sound and proved to be immensely influential in the future. The fuzzy guitar on Think For Yourself adds the necessary bite to match the dismissal implicit in the lyrics. George Martin provides a harmonium line on The Word that helps evoke the cosmic themes the song is aiming at.

Which isn't to say that any listener should expect proggy levels of complexity here; simpler tracks include the beautiful and French-flavoured Michelle (check those Beach Boys harmonies!) and the almost country-like What Goes On - the latter of which is the obligatory "Let's let Ringo sing this one" number that actually works better than a good many of the songs with Starkey on lead vocals. In fact, if the album has a weakness is that it's so diverse that unless your musical tastes are especially broad (and you're especially fond of the Beatles) you'll probably find some songs weaker than others, though it doesn't quite have the chaotic lack of focus that plagued the White Album. For my part, I find myself kind of turned off by Run For Your Life, a Lennon song in which the narrator threatens his partner with violence. Of course, domestic violence is a serious issue which artists should not feel afraid to address, but the delivery of the lyric is a slice more gleeful and enthusiastic than I'm comfortable with, especially considering Lennon's own history of domestic violence (which he would confront in some of the more confessional periods of his later solo career). A four star album made of a cluster of five-star and three-star songs.

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Posted Monday, May 09, 2011

Review by thehallway
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4 stars This is where things start to get really interesting for The Beatles, with Rubber Soul being more in the folk-rock vein than the Merseybeat style. The songs are really good, and tasteful, which is the most important thing. But there is also some very interesting developments here that would lead to all manner of future musical avenues (including progressive rock). Yes, I'm talking about the sitar on 'Norwegian Wood'.

'Drive My Car' is a catchy number with a cool groove and some nice guitar work. Vocals come complete with "beep beep!" cliche. The aforementioned 'Norwegian Wood' is one of Lennon's finest so far; a warm slice of pure folk that would influence bands like The Byrds and Fairport Convention. 'You Won't See Me' has another great Paul melody that is difficult to ignore. It's also quite long for a Beatles tune. Then there is 'Nowhere Man', which isn't bad but gets quite annoying after a few listens. Lennon starts to get philosophical on this track and would take this further on Revolver. 'Think For Yourself' is a mediocre Harrison composition, saved by Paul's nifty fuzz bass, while 'The Word' speaks of the same word in Yes's 'Time And A Word'. This song is one of the band's funkiest. Side one closes softly with the charming 'Michelle', the obligatory acoustic Paul ballad for this album. It's as beautiful as 'Yesterday', and there's a bass solo; what more could we ask for?

Ringo dutifully sings his allocated song on Rubber Soul, the country-influenced 'What Goes On'. It's probably the dullest song on the album, but Lennon's dark ballad 'Girl' immediately raises the quality back up again. 'I'm Looking Through You' is a simple folk ditty but it's one of my favourite Beatles songs ever, probably because of the melody again. Paul is a master at creating medlodies. The icing on the cake has to be those Hammond organ stabs, playing edgy "Gershwin chords" at the end of each chorus, by Ringo no less. 'In My Life' is a fairly downbeat song, but it's very reflective. George Martin's sped-up piano solo is the highlight. 'Wait' is nothing special, and I wasn't surprised to find out that it was a leftover from the Help! sessions. George's 'If I Needed Someone' has a famous transatlantic riff, and is one of his better songs, although a year later he would deliver what he was really capable of. The closing 'Run For Your Life' is a bit of a let down. A forgettable tune with strangely murderous lyrics.

There is plenty of pop on Rubber Soul, but also heavy dosages of folk, skiffle and pure rock. The album's main draw is the band's increasing use of unconventional instruments, although later, more adventurous album's like Sgt Pepper would not capture the friendly intimacy of this record. As with almost every Beatles album, they struggle to give us 14 amazing songs, but there are probably 8 or 9 here.

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Posted Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review by J-Man
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4 stars In addition to being widely considered one of the best releases in their catalog (and music history in general), Rubber Soul can probably be seen as one of the most important transition albums from The Beatles. Though the fab four changed up their sound quite a bit from album to album during the second half of their lifespan, Rubber Soul is the album that brought them from their earlier 'beat' era to their later, more experimental works. This LP from 1965 shows The Beatles beginning to incorporate more experimental tendencies into their music than ever before, while still maintaining a strong foundation in the style of their first few albums. Rubber Soul is a fine marriage of stellar songwriting and musical innovation, resulting in an album that is instantly accessible and recognizable, yet still satisfying for hundreds of repeat listens. That is the definition of musical genius, and that's exactly what you'll find on Rubber Soul. While I do prefer a few later releases from The Beatles to this one, it has earned a deserving spot as one of the best rock albums from its era.

Rubber Soul has a pretty interesting history with me, and as such it's difficult to review this album without a heavy sheen of nostalgia. This was actually the first album I ever bought - an almost blind purchase on a $1 copy of beat-up vinyl. The LP was definitely beat up enough when I first bought it, but I must have listened to the album over 50 times during the short period of time afterwords. I simply couldn't get enough of the fantastic songwriting, unforgettable choruses, and lovely lyrics; words probably can't describe how immensely this album has shaped my future listening habits. Nowadays, this vinyl copy is probably unplayable, but I did purchase a CD version somewhere down the line anyway. I hadn't taken out Rubber Soul for a spin in years before I decided to write this review, so this has definitely been quite the nostalgic experience for me. And what a great one too - it's amazing how I'd nearly forgotten what a spectacular album Rubber Soul is!

Even though it had been awhile before I'd last listened to Rubber Soul, it's almost as if no time was lost at all. I can still remember every harmony, recite every lyric, and recall every bridge - a true sentiment to the fantastic songwriting talents of The Beatles. As with most albums from the fab four, the biggest focus is on blissful vocal harmonies and short pop/rock songs. As a matter of fact, only one song (the wonderful "You Won't See Me") exceeds the 3 minute mark. Rubber Soul is anything but a challenging album, but it does contain new ideas (for the time) such as a sitar in "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)", fuzz bass on "Think For Yourself", and a generally more folk-influenced approach to pop/rock music. The biggest treat this album has is mainly in the form of blissful vocal harmonies from John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr - while these guys weren't virtuosos when it came to musicianship, they had their craft mastered, and the clever harmony arrangements are undoubtedly a massive chunk of what makes Rubber Soul such an enjoyable listen. Though "What Goes On" is a pretty weak track, there are enough gems like (to name but a few) "Girl", "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)", "Nowhere Man", "In My Life", "I'm Looking Through You", and "Wait" to keep the album from ever feeling inconsistent.

Rubber Soul is the sort of album that nearly every fan of rock music has heard somewhere down the line, and there's a good reason for that. This is one of the most infectiously fun albums out there, and I know I'm always going to be in for a great time when I decide to listen to this gem. Though this isn't my favorite album from The Beatles, it's certainly one of their best - I'd recommend Rubber Soul in a heartbeat for anyone moderately interested in their music. It's rare to hear a release with this many excellent choruses, clever vocal harmonies, and well-composed pop/rock tunes, so I'd say a big 4.5 stars are fair in this case. This is one of the best mid-sixties' rock albums.

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Posted Saturday, December 17, 2011

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
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2 stars Since I started to listen music, always heard how good Rubber Soul is, and how impressed Brian Wilson was. Well, after years of having it in a box, decided to give the album a new chance, and honestly, was as disappointed as usual. Found it bland and uneven with a few good tracks, but very far of the masterpiece most people talk about.

Some tracks like the opener Drive my Car, You Won't See Me and The Wordare simply out of time, maybe in 1963 or 64 would had been somehow innovative, but in Christmas 1995 and early 1966 sounded dated and terribly repetitive, too many bands were exploring and were miles ahead of this mediocre lollipop-rock.

Others as Michelle and it's clone Girl are simply as boring and predictable as watching the grass grow, hey, no changes, no experimentation, just week soporiferous ballads good for the top 40's list, but not for an album that many people believe marked a crucial point in THE BEATLES evolution. Seems as if they played safe and added this songs to have good reception among teen girls who were still in love with the four guys of Liverpool.

Of course the lowest point is What Goes On, some sort of Folk Rock that really disappointed me. But what can we expect of Ringo Starr, surely the luckiest guy in the universe, an average drummer but not remotely a good songwriter or a vocalist.

But of course there are a couple of impressive songs, starting with the incredibly beautiful Norwegian Wood, a real gem with soft but interesting changes and a great deal of experimentation (starting with Harrison on the sitar), the amazing Nowhere Man, where we can listen George Harrison's touch for the first time and the nice In my Life with the delightful organ solo, but apart from this, nothing caught my attention.

If Rubber Soul would had been released two years before, I would had gone with 4 stars, but in in December 1965 / early 1966, there were many bands releasing stuff far more elaborate and innovative, so will have to go with 2 stars.

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5 stars For my 1st Beatles album review I chose Rubber Soul. The simple reason is that it is probably my favorite Beatle album. It's a very close call between this and Revolver, but I have to give the edge to RS. This is definitely a 5 star album for me; this is the Beatles at their best. I think ... (read more)

Report this review (#917283) | Posted by thwok | Thursday, February 21, 2013 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I've always viewed Rubber Soul as a strong transition album to their more, artsy, phychadelci period. This album is no longer completely dominated by love related lyrical content as it has been on every album since. Musically, it's still simple two minute pop-rock, but at least the sound is improvin ... (read more)

Report this review (#771417) | Posted by Mr. Mustard | Friday, June 15, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Rating: 9/10 This is the 1st album of the 2nd part on Beatles' career. It is a masterpiece. They start being aware of the recording studio possibilities. The experimentation is gradual, but evident. Once again, Mc Cartney is ahead of the rest. He opens the door with "Drive my car", ... (read more)

Report this review (#458486) | Posted by Mattiias | Thursday, June 09, 2011 | Review Permanlink

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 ... (read more)

Report this review (#438382) | Posted by Frankie Flowers | Sunday, April 24, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars By 1965 a whole scene had sprung around the success of the Beatles. Their success gave rise to a full-scale British Invasion as groups like the Rolling Stones, Hollies, The Searchers, The Yardrbirds, The Moody Blues, The Animals, The Kinks, Zombies, The Who, The Dave Clark Five and many ot ... (read more)

Report this review (#359045) | Posted by Floydman | Monday, December 20, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The first of many innovations in music, like technical death metal. The Beatles - Rubber Soul (1965) Overall Rating : 11 (That's a LOW eleven, sirs, exactly the opposite of their mental composure) Best Song : NORWEGIAN WOOD (THE BIRD HAS FLOWN), or YOU WONT SEE ME So no this isn't the ri ... (read more)

Report this review (#293977) | Posted by Alitare | Tuesday, August 10, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is the first great Beatles album. It marks an important transition in the band when they were getting rid of their pop rock and roll style and moving onto something different. It is not their former pop genre, though it is not their great psychedelic era yet. Most tracks are different th ... (read more)

Report this review (#278597) | Posted by BrownsFan | Monday, April 19, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This and Revolver are like two peas in a pod. Sometimes lumped together unfairly (I just did it). I think Revolver is decidedly more psychedelic, or moving that direction. Rubber Soul is like a culmination of their early period, and what a fast early period from 62 to 65. Rubber Soul is in ... (read more)

Report this review (#273761) | Posted by akajazzman | Tuesday, March 23, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Around the world with The Beatles. This is the album where I feel this band came of age. Or maybe they came on age on Help ? In any case, the naivity has gone and been replaced with well crafted songs. Although this album scatters in all directions. From their usual naive pop to soul, Indian ... (read more)

Report this review (#240656) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Monday, September 21, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The record that started it all, for The Beatles and for the music from 1965 to date. As Noel Gallager (Beatle wannabe) once said "Rubber Soul is the best album of all time.." maybe not the best but it's the one that put The Beatles in a higher level than the rest of the bands of their gener ... (read more)

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