Rubber Soul

The Beatles - Rubber Soul
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1965 Ratings: #1 / 35
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1965 Ratings: #6
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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 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.
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
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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Added on: September 1, 2012