Music Review: Revisit The Beatles’ Transitional “Rubber Soul”

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Michael Young, Writer

Rubber Soul is one of the most famous albums in history, and along with Revolver, it’s one of The Beatles’ transitional albums in their discography.

The best-known songs off of the album are “Drive My Car,” “Norwegian Wood,” “Michelle,” and “In My Life,” the last three tracks being singles.

The album begins with “Drive My Car” and moves on to “Norwegian Wood,” a song with a unique sound. “Norwegian Wood” has a very distinct Sitar line.

“You Won’t See Me,” the next song off of the album, is my personal favorite song off of the album. It has a simple yet calming sound.

Another one of my favorite songs, “In My Life,” is in the latter half of the album. Like “You Won’t See Me,” its uncomplicated nature allows for a soothing listen.

The entire album marks a change of sound from The Beatles. The older and more poppy A Hard Day’s Night sound was shifting towards the newer and more progressive White Album Sound.

Rubber Soul and its sibling album Revolver marked the exact midpoint of this change. The peaceful, relaxed sounds of “Norwegian Wood,” “In My Life” and “You Won’t See Me” are the most prominent examples of this.

In all, Rubber Soul was a calmer, cleaner, and less pop-like sound for The Beatles. It always sits near when I rank Beatles albums.

I rate this album four out of five stars, as while the instrumental content is amazing, the lyrical content is dated.