Rubber Soul

The Beatles - Rubber Soul
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1965 Ratings: #3 / 32
User Score
1965 Ratings: #5
Liked by 49 people
December 3, 1965 / Release Date
LP / Format
Parlophone / Capitol / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

While the Beatles still largely stuck to love songs on Rubber Soul, the lyrics represented a quantum leap in terms of thoughtfulness, maturity, and complex ambiguities.

100
Pitchfork
The Beatles' first undisputed masterpiece is their quietest and most folky record, reflecting the influences of contemporaries like Dylan and the Byrds.
100
Sputnikmusic
Who knew that a "transitional" album would sound so great?
100
The Telegraph
Rubber Soul sees Lennon raise his game in the making of a record with open and spacious production.
97
Paste

The band’s musical innovation began in earnest with the late-1965 release of Rubber Soul. Though, in hindsight, the album wears its influences on its sleeve, at the time it was an unprecedented synthesis of elements from folk-rock and beyond.

Doublez
97
#1 - Albums that taught me when I was a kid >>> The Beatles - Rubber Soul - 1965

"Baby, you can drive my car, Yes I'm gonna be a star"

When The Beatles begin the process of creating Rubber Soul, they are now entering the second half of their band career. Exhausted and bored by the "Beatlesmania", they take a step back and move on to something much more artistic. They had revolutionized Pop music but thanks to Rubber Soul, they changed again: the very idea of the ... read more
DEEPSLEEP
80
It's a crime to hate on this.

I will stand as a witness when you're on trial for your heinous acts, trust me.
MickyT
85
Weed Trees! Weed Trees! Weed Trees!

'Rubber Soul' has grown on me a little bit since I last heard it, it was a transitional moment for the Beatles as it was a vast improvement over their previous albums both sonically and lyrically. This album sees the folk sound amped up with more of an influence of psychedelic music and it was one of the first instances of the band using sitars, lyrically the songs take on a bit of a melancholic approach to the love songs their known for in the early stages ... read more
ElectricMess
75
I can definitely see why this is one of The Beatles' most contextually important records, as it was an essential stepping stone towards their legendary material. That said, taken on its own merits, I would say it's one of the more overrated albums of theirs. The members have yet to really find their individual voices, and while that adds a certain amount of cohesion, it's a much less dynamic record than of course White or even Revolver. Definitely good, and unquestionably important, but overall ... read more
JustSomeGuy
97
The Beatles revisited part 7/16

We've finally reached it. The point where The Beatles went from being your average '60s boy band of pop rockers singing generic songs about love, to the experimenting, groundbreaking innovators that they would be for the remainder of their career together.

I'll just say this now; the scores for The Beatles from now on are likely going to be really messy. They're going to be really uncharacteristically high from me, and it's simply just because The Beatles from ... read more
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Track List

  1. Drive My Car 
  2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) 
  3. You Won't See Me 
  4. Nowhere Man 
  5. Think For Yourself 
  6. The Word / Michelle 
  7. What Goes On / Girl 
  8. I'm Looking Through You 
  9. In My Life / Wait 
  10. If I Needed Someone 
  11. Run For Your Life
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Added on: September 1, 2012