Rubber Soul

The Beatles - Rubber Soul
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Based on 6 reviews
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Based on 611 ratings
1965 Ratings: #4
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.

DEEPSLEEP
90
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.
EMR
86
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
MiaWatterson
96
This is to trigger @ruicyrus because he says The Beatles are SUPER overrated and he also says they didn't have talent. THIS IS AMAZING
ItsJustArcherr
95
The very definition of fun.
Yeah, some tracks feel kind of meh compared to the other tracks in the album.(The Word, Girl, and Wait)
But other than that, I feel great after every listen.

Favorite Tracks: All of them except The Word, Girl, and Wait, honestly.

Also, *eherm*
ASKED A GIRL WHAT SHE WANTED TO BE
SHE SAID BABY, CAN'T YOU SEE
I WANT TO BE FAMOUS, A STAR ON THE SCREEN
BUT YOU CAN DO SOMETHING IN BETWEEN
BABY YOU CAN DRIVE MY CAR
YES I'M GONNA BE A STAR
BABY YOU CAN DRIVE MY CAR
AND ... read more
charlie17
95
Boy, I really dig this change in direction by the beatles, they tackle the folk-rock sound and make one of the best albums of the entire genre. I wish a few tracks were left off, namely wait and run for your life but still a superb album by the beatles.
Highlights:
Chord progression in general(but especially on michelle and if I needed someone)
Harmonies on nowhere man and you won't see me
Lowlights: the last two tracks are derivative Help leftovers
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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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