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LET IT BE

The Beatles

 

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Zé Bokinha
4 stars Why the low ratting, man??

Well, if the thermometer is the progressivity level, it deserves 0, but The Beatle never (or almost never) was much a Prog Rock band anyway... But, no doubt, it's one of the most tasty basic Rock n' Roll album they have ever released! This album brings a big joy to me: great moments, delightful and simple (why not?) melodies, the good old Rock n' Roll... The mood here is so light, despite of the almost 'unbreathful' atmosphere in the studio. Yeah, the fab four were tearing apart here, but they didn't transpose this sadness and those conflicts to the record, and the result is a fun register with their silly dialogs, Lennon's jokes, etc.

1. Two Of Us - The album begins with this traditional Beatle song, very sweet, very McCartney. Great melody and simplicity. Well, they are The Beatles, aren't they? Very good stuff!

2. Dig A Pony - Uh! What a delight! This song transposes me (a Brazilian) to an old and cozy British house, drinking hot chocolate and enjoying the cold. Well, I don't know if it would be a good feeling to you... To me it's very pleasant! Thank you, John!!

3. Across the Universe - Well, what can I say about this one? Another one from Mr. Lennon's pocket. Quiet and peaceful, this could have been made when they were visiting India (to see the man that would be nicknamed sexy sadie...). Marvelous.

4. I Me Mine - George didn't have a big space in the band for his own compositions. But in the little gaps he had was filled with musical pearls. This might not be the greatest one, but it's worthy to be in this great album! Nice dramatic melody and in the chorus a little bit more of their Rock. They really tried to return to their old Rock mood in this disk, and they did it great.

5. Dig It - Just a joke with Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone. They couldn't loose that!

6. Let It Be - Another Beatles complete classic! Everybody knows that; I won't spend my words...

7. Maggie Mae - Another joke... Just having fun with the lads.

8. I've got A Feeling - Awesome stuff! Energic Rock, a punching riff... They show here their heavy side (not as heavy as Helter Skelter, of course) and make the listeners feel like jumping. This track brings great memories to me, so it's very subjective. But certainly a very lively piece!

9. One After 909 - Old McCartney composition that had never been recorded before. It leads us to their early works. If you like the pre-Rubber Soul Beatles, you gonna love this one!

10. Long And Winding Road - It's another tune that only those four guys could bring to the world. The orchestration quite is good, but it wasn't meant to be here, since it was took off in the Let it Be...NAKED! version. Classic, classic, classic!

11. For You Blue - Harrison attacks again! This time he brings us a delicious blues with a crying slide guitar played by Lennon, if I'm not wrong. Very cozy sounding, like the whole album.

12. Get Back - Welcome, Mr. Preston! Sit by the piano and rock our bones! The album ends with this marvelous Rock, which is the synthesis of this album rocking mood. Billy Preston makes a wonderful job here, bringing his always present musical joy to the song. Go to the roof and stop London, boys!

Well, if you can't stand stuff that isn't pompous and complex, don't even look to its cover. If you have the sensibility to get simple stuff, the supper's ready (no, Peter Gabriel and his lads are not invited this time)!!!

Zé Bokinha | 4/5 |

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