The Beatles
Abbey Road


5.0
classic

Review

by DesolationRow USER (80 Reviews)
November 28th, 2005 | 1089 replies | 87,909 views


Release Date: 1969 | Tracklist


18 of 18 thought this review was well written

Euphoria: n- A feeling of well-being or elation; especially : one that is groundless, disproportionate to its cause, or inappropriate to one's life.



The 1960s were a big decade for rock music, and sprawled its presence among the world like a madman. Every high pitched voiced adolescent girl started whoring themselves out to new extremes, just to meet the bands they worshiped with paper posters on the walls of their suburban home bedrooms. Not one band was as popular among the pop-culture crowd as the Beatles, an English quartet from Liverpool, writing catchy songs about simplistic ideas, and scoring big with the world. In fact, so big, that no one has ever sold more albums than the four of them. They have remained the number one selling music artist of all time, through the present day, only slightly challenged by Led Zeppelin. And their release entitled Abbey Road just helped them further to gain that title. By now, I'm sure you all have heard the ludicrous rumors of Beatles bass player/songwriter/singer, Paul McCartney dying in a car accident early on, and being replaced with a look-alike. I'm more than sure that these rumors are just a creative myth, but there is some speculating evidence of that on Abbey Road. In addition to the previous backward tracking incidents on The White Album and Magical Mystery Tour, Abbey Road's cover shows Paul as walking in front of a car, as well as the only member without shoes. It may be just some dumb myth, but it is a bit spooky, and even if it's false, that is one very well thought out story, and some odd coincidences.

As you read the intro to my review, most likely, you carefully examined the definition of the word "euphoria" and you probably thought "How the hell does this word pertain to a Beatles album?" Well, listening to the Beatles' Abbey Road is a euphoric feeling. Not one where you are being overly fanboyish, but the feeling of being well relaxed and at ease while listening to the noise which takes up seventeen slots on a round compact disc. But how is noise euphoric? Because John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney thought up vague, abstract, innocent, and simple ideas and turned them into bombastic, catchy, and intense songs. This seventeen-track work of art is an hour's worth of brilliant songwriting, and a masterpiece in and of itself. Ranging from little pop numbers that just exceed the ninety-second mark, into seven minute blues progressions, Abbey Road has been acclaimed as one of the Beatles' finest records to date, and I would probably agree with that phrase, minus the word
"Beatles".

Abbey Road opens on a very distinct note with one of their most famous songs, the anthematic "Come Together". The pop appeal and dirty blues of this catchy opener make for one of the best introductory songs ever. Plus the guitar work and the fluid bassline totally own the song. While "Come Together" is certainly an amazing piece of music, it certainly doesn't overshadow the rest of the album, or sound too different from some of the other, yet far better tracks on the album. "I Want You" is a seven minute epic suite which marries bluesy prog rock to the lovely grooves of Samba music and expresses the laid back blues vibe far better than the opener. And the bass groove, combined with the lead guitar work, is magnificent. But something that really makes Abbey Road stand out is the two contributions by George Harrison. The first of the two, "Here Comes the Sun" is a wonderfully innocent acoustic ballad which showcases his softer songwriting. Truly a beautiful piece. But "Something" is what really grabs me. While it is very tender and soft with lyrics expressing true love, the lead work in it is absolutely gorgeous, and the string orchestration is great. McCartney's bassline is awesome, as well. There are quite a lot of moods and emotions expressed throughout the duration of Abbey Road. But what is so special about it, is that even if a song may express the same emotion as another, they don't sound alike. But what makes the album even more likable is the song lengths. The average song length on the album does not exceed three and a half minutes, which makes listening much more pleasant than having to sit through winding, 18 minute songs. Seemingly, no matter what persona a song takes, every song works off each other and makes every different sound unite as one wholesome showcase. The "weird songs on the album, actually don't sound out of place. "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" is evidence that quirky songwriting can actually produce a good stand alone track, yet toss up the flavor a bit, so the sound is never predictable. And "Octopus' Garden", a song definitely written while experimenting, is about as close to hallucinogens this side of "Mr. Kite". And the other experimental tracks, like the trippy "Sun King" which actually includes a Spanish verse, and the dreamy "Because", carry the album to a very different height than anything else in that time.

But even if there are some experimental songs that the band tampered with, a majority of the good songs on here are pop based, with catchy melodies, upbeat tempos, and fancy grooves. "She Came in Through the Bathroom" is probably one of the best songs on the album, with lyrics that rival the band's smash hit "Lady Madonna". And "Oh! Darling" combines the English yelp of McCartney with piano and dramatic verses, which does not sound dissimilar to its big sister, "You Never Give Me Your Money". And "Abbey Road Blues" is probably the heaviest song on the album, with a blues riff and McCartney even screaming the lyrics. Add the best guitar work on the album, and you're set for the highlight of the album. The last five tracks on the album are possibly some of the more strange tracks on the album. "Mean Mr. Mustard" and "Carry That Weight" are some generic British Invasion era pop songs, but "Polythene Pam" is a gem sandwiched in there. And "Golden Slumbers" is easily one of the best dramatic songs ever. Between the piano melody and horns and strings, to Paul's liquidy bass tone and soaring voice during the choruses, I have found my heaven. "Her Majesty" is possibly the most awkward song on the album, only 23 seconds long, and a bit stupid. Should've been obliterated in the first place. Oh well, it doesn't subtract from the album, but it doesn't add.

Unless you are a music elitist who says "Anyone in mainstream music sucks horribly.", you'll probably think this album owns. Probably because it does. And if you are one of those music elitists, you suck and have no right to talk in this circumstance, so shut your pie hole. The album isn't about how many notes you can cram into a single 4/4 measure. It's not even about the instrumental Wow factor at all, to be quite frank. Abbey Road is a masterpiece which showcases the brilliance of a songwriter's imagination to turn a single, spontaneous idea, into a charismatic masterpiece of seventeen songs, all of which are probably better than you could do. So unless you can write simple lyrics and make a simple melody, simple drum beat, simple rhythm, and a simple structure, and make it sound more complex, you really have no right to say "the Beatles are overrated". I'm not saying it's the best Beatles album ever, because it isn't. But whether you're fancy be delta blues, British pop, rock n roll, or psychedelic, most likely, there�s at least one song on here that you'll fall in love with. And that's why the album exists in the first place.


Recommended Tracks (on my behalf)

She Came in Through the Bathroom
Golden Slumbers
I Want You
Abbey Road Blues
Come Together
Something



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Ace_of_Bass2112
November 28th 2005



257 Comments


that was a great review. I'm not to big into the beatels except for a few songs (which coincedently are on this album)

DesolationRow
November 28th 2005



833 Comments


Thank you. And let me say, even if i don't like Jaco, that's one helluva Jaco avatar you got there. My bass teacher went to high school with Jaco, and I met Felix at my local Sam Ash. He's cool. But it's even cooler when your teacher jammed with Jaco on bass.

Rudd13
November 28th 2005



952 Comments


What a fine job. This was good work, Ent. I salute you. I'm not a big fan of the band to begin with, but I've been meaning to give it a bigger chance lately. A+ writing, one of your best.

Storm In A Teacup
November 28th 2005



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

WooHoo! This album is the absolute sh!t! Awesome review Twist!


:dances:

Killtacular
November 28th 2005



1314 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Her Majesty owns you. :mad:

Good review, and one of the best albums ever.

Jawaharal
November 28th 2005



1832 Comments


good review and all that good stuff. Good album as well.

Ace_of_Bass2112
November 28th 2005



257 Comments


[quote=::Entwistle::] My bass teacher went to high school with Jaco, and I met Felix at my local Sam Ash. He's cool. But it's even cooler when your teacher jammed with Jaco on bass. [/quote]

whenever i have writers block i always put in his self titeld and it get's the creative bass juices following.

Zebra
Moderator
November 28th 2005



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Excellent review.

I was just listening to this and I didn't enjoy it as much as I would have liked to. I think there are to many boring songs. However "You Never Give Me Your Money" is amazing and possibly my favorite Beatles track.

NEDM
November 28th 2005



1113 Comments


I grew up with this album. My dad always used to play Maxwell's Silver Hammer and Octopus' Garden.

Ace Review :thumb:

DesolationRow
November 28th 2005



833 Comments


It might sound a bit conceded, but i think this might be one of my favorite reviews of mine.

sgrevs
November 29th 2005



698 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Top notch review, great album of course. The album cover is a very famous one and has been redone in many different ways, for instance, naked Red Hot Chili Pepper members walking across the road, their privates covered only by a sock.

Jim
November 29th 2005



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is my favourite Beatles album. Sergent Peppers comes close but this is quite beautiful in parts. Man I love George Harrison. His songs on this are superb.

By the way, wasn't Her Majesty's originally intended to be after Mean Mr Mustard and lead in to Polytyhene Pam? Then I think Paul said "forget about it", so they cut it out. And when they made the album, it was still stuck to the end because that's where they put it? Apparently the final notes of Mean Mr Mustard lead directly into Her Majesty's. Maybe I read that on this site.This Message Edited On 11.29.05

Hyper Music
November 29th 2005



45 Comments


This review, so rightfully is fantastic.
I thought it was truely great how you oppened with the definition of 'Euphoria'.. Inspired. And very clever actually, I knew instantly I wanted to continue my read.This Message Edited On 11.29.05

pulseczar
December 1st 2005



2385 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album is incredible, without doubt my favourite and one of my all time favs. Btw the verse in Sun King is Italian not Spanish.

masada
December 2nd 2005



2733 Comments


Her majesty's a pretty nice girl.

:rock:

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2005



15697 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I havent heard the whole album, but in terms of highlights, give me sgt. Pepper neday

DesolationRow
December 2nd 2005



833 Comments


Never, music official. This blows Sgt. Pepper's out of the water, with the exception of 'She's Leaving Home', and 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds'. Definitely one of the better Beatles albums, and Sgt. Pepper's is just weird and can get really annoying.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2005



15697 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ITs your fair opinion. Im not a Beatles' Official

Oh I forgot to mention it before, smashing review.

masada
December 2nd 2005



2733 Comments


I think that nobody should argue about Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Everyone knows that Revolver and The Beatles are their best.



Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2005



15697 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol I dont



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