Anyone who thought The Beatles wouldn't be able to top the breakthrough album Rubber Soul
, were probably so stunned at Revolver
that their hairpieces flipped.
is an amazing album, but Revolver
is an amazing, amazing, amazing album! It's weird, but they apparently had room for improvement in their already-amazing songwriting skills, and they further expanded their penchant for experimentation.
As always, the album is chock-full of their classic charm and wit. Perhaps the most amazing thing of all is, despite the experimentation, Revolver
is as accessible as A Hard Day's Night
. Is this the best rock album ever made? It's impossible to answer that question, but Revolver
is definitely close. It has 14 songs, and they all rule mercilessly. They're 100 percent tuneful, the instrumentation is virtually flawless, and it's diverse as hell.
This also marked another stage in the rift between band members. McCartney is continuing to write the most tuneful songs, whereas Lennon concentrated on the more psychological and experimental stuff. I'm going to say that McCartney's songs on Revolver
are the best overall (“Eleanor Rigby”, “Got to Get You Into My Life”, “For No One”, “Here, There and Everywhere”), even though it's more fun to discuss Lennon's!
Lennon does something interesting with “I'm Only Sleeping” - it's a fairly normal rock song, but the guitar is played backwards. It was catchy and interesting to begin with, but that new sound gives it an added psychological effect. Expanding on that idea, Lennon wrote the phenomenal album closer “Tomorrow Never Knows”, something of a sound effects collage. There are all sorts of bizarre sound effects, sped up tapes, backwards tapes ... all set to a thunderous Ringo drum beat, and a surprisingly catchy melody. It's the weirdest thing The Beatles have done yet, and it's startlingly accessible!
by Reviewer: Don Ignacio
(blogging at Don Ignacio's Album Reviews