Music Review: The Beatles’ ‘White Album’

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Michael Young, Writer

The Beatles, more commonly known as the White Album, is one of the most famous albums of all time.

The double album by The Beatles has tracks that range from soft melodies like Blackbird, to depressing anthems like While My Guitar Gently Weeps, to more poppy songs like Back In the U.S.S.R.

Despite being over 50 years old, the album still has important resonance in its sound and its technique. Modern connections can still be made with the songs, especially in Dear Prudence.

Being a double album, the LP has a larger and more broad collection of songs within it.

The first song, Back In the U.S.S.R., has a general poppy feel—at least for its time. It is followed by Dear Prudence, a song with lyrics that I found connections to the COVID-19 lockdown period during the spring of last year.

The lyrics “the sun is up, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful and so are you, Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play?” is one of the best ways to describe last year’s lockdowns.

Dear Prudence also has a very prominent bass line, and I consider it to be one of the best Beatles songs.

Next is Glass Onion, which is unique primarily for its allusions to other Beatles songs such as Strawberry Fields Forever.

Later in the album is one of the most famous songs off the album. While My Guitar Gently Weeps is arguably one of the greatest songs of all time. It has a depressing riff that goes down throughout the song.

Near the middle of the double album is Blackbird, a soft yet powerful song written by Paul McCartney. It is about the civil rights movement in America during the 1960s.

Towards the end of the album is Helter Skelter. The song was written to be more loud and raw than I Can See For Miles by The Who.

While the White Album has a simple cover, it has a complex, rich, and revolutionary sound, and the album has earned its place in history.