Rubber Soul

The Beatles - Rubber Soul
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1965 Ratings: #3 / 32
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1965 Ratings: #5
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December 3, 1965 / Release Date
LP / Format
Parlophone / Capitol / Label
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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.

The Beatles' first undisputed masterpiece is their quietest and most folky record, reflecting the influences of contemporaries like Dylan and the Byrds.
The Telegraph
Rubber Soul sees Lennon raise his game in the making of a record with open and spacious production.

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.

The History of the Albums – n°287 [For this last episode of the year 1965, here is a complete rework of the review on Rubber Soul, Love]

Exhausted by the hellish pace of touring and their entire workload, Rubber Soul marks the time when the Beatles will leave their costumes (metaphorically), looking for a way out, to focus solely on the artistic. We are not talking about just any door, which opens and closes at will, the four boys were more precisely looking for a door to seal for ... read more
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.

Rubber Soul is the first real dive on psychedelic rock/folk rock that The Beatles did with no fears. The songs feel more progressive and the rhythms are quite nice, I like how the songs sound so forest-y & at the same time very beach-y.
I'm here for the lyrical maturity, the subjects are unspecific, the words seem more like fantasies and delusions. To open spaces with innovation back in 65 was such a great thing, I also wonder how many ... read more
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
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
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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