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RUBBER SOUL

The Beatles

 

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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.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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