Rubber Soul

The Beatles - Rubber Soul
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1965 Ratings: #3 / 27
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Based on 819 ratings
1965 Ratings: #5
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.

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
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.
TreyLikesBands
84
Great

The early rock influences start to mix with the psychedelia of the 60s.

Color: Orange
FAV TRACKS: Girl, Michelle, Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown, Nowhere Man, In My Life, Wait, The Word
LEAST FAV: What Goes On
RakkSmells
90
The Beatles once again take their folk rock influence and ramp it up a few notches, finally beginning the next chapter of the Beatles discography. The quality that persists throughout each of their albums is starting to grow higher and higher, their lyrical content is becoming more diverse, and all and all, it's a great album.

fav tracks: I don't know, anything that isn't The Word I guess
EMR
58
In the mid 60s, the british boys were already veterans of the so-called rock music. They had thousands and thousands of records sold and stellar notoriety at this point, but the best was yet to come. Rubber Soul is definitely the divisive record in their career, the album that splits their trajectory into two, preceding some of their most psychedelic and experimental records, and following their more 'traditional' works, as to speak. Still, this album still contains a plethora of short pop-rock ... 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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