The Beatles
Abbey Road


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by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
October 12th, 2009 | 283 replies | 14,973 views


Release Date: 1969 | Tracklist


32 of 59 thought this review was well written

Obvious pretention aside, this is a band that needs no introduction. They’re the greatest band ever right? They’re the most innovative band ever right? Another way to explain The Beatles is that they’re slightly above average 60’s rock who’s fans consisted of a million girls (men) in training bras. The things they are praised for, such as creating the foundation for avant-garde, incorporating classical instrumentation, using samples, and synchronizing recording tapes, are fairly faulty considering the bands they eclipsed during their time of fame were doing not only the same things before them, but also much moreso. They also helped spawn the idea that we should be paying attention to the ideas of pop stars/celebrities on subjects they are totally unqualified to be addressing in a public forum, such as musical innovation and everything else. To carry this further, two of the band members essentially went unnoticed (although, to be fair, Ringo was probably worthless either way). Lennon and McCartney were hailed as geniuses when, without George Martin's massive contributions in terms of progression, it's highly debatable whether they would be so highly considered (McCartney’s early solo records were more interesting anyway). So, what about Abbey Road, their generally acclaimed magnum opus?

The main highlight of Abbey Road is its consistency. It jumps around different sounds while maintaining cohesiveness; this amounts to nothing more than sounding uneventful in several ways. Abbey Road is well arranged, but the songs themselves are pretty soulless. A big part of this is because of the one-dimensional vocal styles of Lennon and McCartney, for as they sing happily about Maxwell’s Silver Hammer bashing someone to death, the performance is so simple minded that if they experimented with accented words or change of tone the song would come across much more theatrically, and you can say that for most of the record. Oh! Darling is a great example of The Beatles borrowing from the past, basically ripping off vocal melodies from Smokey Robinson, and this isn’t the only instance. Here Comes The Sun is a somehow less interesting version of Here Comes The Night by The Beach Boys.

Another big detriment of the record is that while it’s consistent, it doesn’t really feel like it has a purpose. For most of the record you witness a myriad of musical styles between each song, a curious paradox considering that it comes off as an attempt to sound decent at several instruments and good at none; but at the end of the day, well-executed guitar effects doesn’t make up for the absence of true song arrangement or creative experimentation. Because acts as an interlude, and rightfully so, but with songs like Octopus’s Garden and You Never Give Me Your Money it’s obvious how little thought went into the song arrangements, as if The Beatles didn’t know the difference between pop and their contemporaries’ genres or how to meld them together.

This band sparks a conundrum; how is such basic and boring material viewed as a godsend to music, and how can people not see that The Beatles were no more innovative than The Velvet Underground or The Kinks when all they seemed to do is jump on the bandwagon of whatever was popular in the underground while merely adding their own colorless atmosphere. If you’re a fan of older music then this is by all means worth listening to but otherwise this is just another 60’s record. The Beatles are seen worldwide as one of the greatest things ever to happen to music, however looking past their fame you see nothing but another British band that holds little relevance of anything important to today’s music.



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fireaboveicebelow
October 12th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

goodbye approval rating

GiantBoyDetective
October 12th 2009



7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

way off man, sorry

Willie
Moderator
October 12th 2009



15894 Comments


So, I hear these guys are bigger than Jesus.

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Phantom
October 12th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

don't agree but fair enough

Ragez
October 12th 2009



150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i thought this review was pretty cool.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2009



8318 Comments


wow so this is your magnum opus. Does.....does.......does this really mean you are leaving?

Also, while this is a very well-written review, i must ask: do you really think of this album like that or did you do this review only for the shock value?

fireaboveicebelow
October 12th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

do you really think of this album like that or did you do this review only for the shock value?
if I did it for shock value it would be a lower rating with nothing positive to say so yes this is what I think, and no this is not my last

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2009



8318 Comments


aight, cool beans man

Kiran
Emeritus
October 12th 2009



6000 Comments


i think you're a bit misguided in your attempt to debunk the cultural relevance of the beatles. well-written though.

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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2009



14991 Comments


(a little) too whiny but nice job anyway

album owns



Anthracks
October 12th 2009



3670 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i agree

EVedder27
October 12th 2009



6088 Comments


Must be cool to hate the Beatles now. WRONG

fireaboveicebelow
October 12th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah! opinions are for americans we don't need that shit here!

Ulsufyring
October 12th 2009



1724 Comments


yo dannyboy the first pgraph has a typo which was probably my fault but probablya ctually yours

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2009



14991 Comments


"Because" is the best song ever

Roach
October 12th 2009



2149 Comments


it's generally a pretty stupid criticism but i think it's fair enough to say you just don't seem to get the beatles

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2009



14991 Comments


this also probably seems unfair but this review seems more like backlash to the hype rather than looking at the album itself as a whole

this review seems a little like an instrument to criticize the beatles as a whole, and the people who love them as well

whatever, it's well written. i used to hate the beatles until i listened to them

qwe3
October 12th 2009



21353 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nothing but another British band that holds little relevance to today’s music.


duuuuude

fireaboveicebelow
October 12th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

it's generally a pretty stupid criticism but i think it's fair enough to say you just don't seem to get the beatles
nope, too many choruses to comprehend omg I don't get it

NebSnurb
October 12th 2009



535 Comments


I love The Beatles, but they are one of the most overrated bands to exist.



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