The Beatles' earlier albums, though a joy to listen to, were not the most lyrically complex. Each song was a basic love song with the occasional breakup song. But once 1965 arrived, The Beatles proved they did more than just sing "She loves you, yeah yeah yeah." Beatlefans everywhere where astonished at the growing maturity of a once little-known Liverpool band.
The general mood of the album seems to be more serious than their previous releases. Many of the songs establish an angry tone towards romance, and noticeably more breakup songs are present. Songs such as What Goes On, I'm Looking Through You, and Run For Your Life are a large contrast to some of their more peppy numbers found on the same album. The melody seems to have grown in complexity as well, with some excellent guitar and keyboard work to be found.
To name my favorite songs on Rubber Soul is an impossible task. I could listen to each one and be amazed every time at their complexity. From Nowhere Man with it's beautiful harmonies, to In My Life with John's insightful lyrics, the entirety of the album boasts some of the best musical talent to be found from the decade. No matter what style of music, jazzy or acoustic, The Beatles manage to make it into a great song every time. I always find something new to love about the album, and cannot recommend it enough to anyone who is a fan of great classic rock, or one of the greatest bands of all time.