The Beatles
Rubber Soul



by Humor99 USER (14 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 51 replies

Release Date: 1965 | Tracklist

Along with Revolver this album is where the Beatles style began to expand and change from their pop hits to more musical compositions. The influences of drugs and mysticism began to make its way into The Beatles' music more and more. This album contains a mixture of both styles, as The Beatles' continue their decade dominance.

Starting off with the upbeat, pop-sounding "Drive My Car", the old sound is still there. Just a simple pop song with not much more behind it. However, the next track "Norwegian Wood" is well-known for George Harrison's sitar. The first track he ventures into Indian music, a style that will play a major part in much of his music to come. The Indian tinge to the guitar makes for a very interesting sound. It sounds almost foreign, but at the same time, very natural.

"You Won't See Me" is another pop-sounding track, but with more musical depth. A move away from the mold the Beatles' had used a lot on their early work. Following is "Nowhere Man," which seems to be a very popular track among people getting into the Beatles' and longtime fan. Although its not quite my favorite, it has an interesting sound to it with the vocal layering and dominating drum beat. The guitar is more about fills now than just playing the chord progression.

The next track is a Harrison composition, starting out with a more gritty sound coming from the fuzz bass that Paul is playing. The vocals have their sort of "spacey" quality to them that becomes popular on tracks like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", "Strawberry Fields", and more. However, it sill has a pop-quality to it. "The Word" is a motown meets rock sort of track. Even the title sounds almost motown, and the vocal harmonies sound like something straight out of Motown - only with white boys doing it. Very catchy track.

"Michelle" is a slower piece with nice backing vocal, with not much also except the drums. It's one of the lounge-singing kind of songs with Paul doing a wonderful job on lead vocals. A song about, well, Michelle a special girl to Paul apparently. Then again, a lot of their songs were this way - this one just has more sophistication. "What Goes On" is a Ringo composition (with help from Lennon/McCartney) with a sort of country twang to it. Similar country sound with blues comes out on "I'm Looking Through You", a few tracks later.

"In My Life" is one of the best simple songs the Beatles' ever wrote. It's about growing up, and facing change that happens - good or bad. A soft, fluttering guitar fill here and there with solid drums make it a very good track. A very deep song, especially considering the kind of songs the Beatles' usually wrote. The piano solo is quick, bouncy, but very fitting. Finally "If I Needed Somebody" is a Harrison composition, which shows his ability to write songs. One of the more older sounding tracks with a very pop feeling to it. Still showing great growth in the group as songwriters.

I didn't go over some tracks - "Girl", "Wait", and "Run For Your Life" - all show different styles coming together. The Beatles' listened to lots of music and tried to impersonate or infuse the styles. Altogether it was uniquely like 60s rock, and just showed their vast amounts of talent. Ringo and George were beginning to become bigger parts of the band - taking some vocals and writing songs. It would lead to bigger and better things in the future.

Overall, listening to this album again totally changed my opinion of it. I think it's a terrific album now. I used to scorn at it because it was too "pop" sounding, but I can now hear all the growth and musical changes going on. Even if all the songs except one are under 3 minutes, it's still a strong album.

Score: 4/5 - Good stuff here.

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August 5th 2004


good review, but a bit too long. Good effort though on one of Beatles' best. I actually put this album under Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's... and The White Album.(4/5)

August 5th 2004


[QUOTE=manoulos]good review, but a bit too long. Good effort though on one of Beatles' best. I actually put this album under Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's... and The White Album.(4/5)[/QUOTE]
It was going to be a lot longer, but I decided that reviewing all the tracks got tedious. I just wanted to make sure I explained the growth and sound of the album.

My favorite album would probably have to be Abbey Road.

keep on phishin'
August 5th 2004


good review although not my favorite beatles album its still good though

August 5th 2004


Good review :thumb:

but a bit too long

Reviews can never be too long, you silly little girl.

August 6th 2004


:evil: i'm not a girl, what about you?

August 6th 2004


It's not long. It has a good size. Not too short, not too long.

August 17th 2004


Album Rating: 5.0

This album got me into the Beatles :D

I love every song especially the Word, has a great bassline.

Good Review :cool:

February 4th 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

I think we all like the Beatles here

This album is great, the beginning of the middle of the Beatles, the studio Beatles. Great innovation here, good review. Not too long, my reviews might be tho, I've done a Revolver one if anyone wants a peep. *plugs*

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February 24th 2005


honestly... this album is NOT part of the Beatles change and is just as 'BeatleMania' as Meet The Beatles or anything before this album. Revolver was the experimental album which was and is an amazing album but the true turning point of the beatles was Sgt Peppers.

August 17th 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

This album is not Beatlemania!

It's the bridge between the fab four and The Beatles, the super bitchin experimenting but still producing perfect supergroup.

Revolver is THE turning point. Poll please!

September 16th 2005


If you ask me this was better than Sgt. bloody peppers by miles.For me it turned them from been a talent pop band into a life-changing act who weren't scared to push the boundaries to the edge.I love this album.

Mean Mr Mustard
October 4th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

Good Review, My favorite Beatles Album. I agree woodstock I love the Bass on The Word as well as Drive My Car.

December 22nd 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

Norwegian Wood = Unbeleivable

February 12th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

This album is pretty good. Not the best but I like a select few of the songs.

February 12th 2006


My dad was a huge beatles fan and so I already have access to a good selection of their music, and only recently did I decide to give Rubber Soul a spin. All I knew about it was that it came before Revolver, so I expected more of their poppy, love songs, but I was crazy pleased when I heard the quality of songs on here.

February 21st 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

If I was forced to make a decision, I'd probably say this is my favourite Beatle's album. I think I'm the only one but I really like the song Run For Your Life!

March 4th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent album.

Nowhere Man, Drive My Car and In My Life my favorites off this.

edited for changing favorite songsThis Message Edited On 07.30.07

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Storm In A Teacup
March 12th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

Another solid album by the band.

March 12th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

I remember this CD is what got me into music. I remember looking at the album cover when I was about 5 or 6 and asking my mom about The Beatles. Stuck with me for a long time, definately one of my favorites

"Freshly Baked"
March 18th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

Nowhere Man ruins this album

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