The Rewind Button: Rubber Soul by the Beatles

(The Rewind Button is a group blogging project.  Every Thursday, we review an album from Rolling Stone’s Greatest Albums list.) 

Look people, I think after listening to three Beatles album in five weeks, I am entitled to a relatively educated opinion. Yes? Agreed. Carried all round.

I don’t like the Beatles. Breathe, you will get over it. Look, I understand that they were ground-breaking for their time but when I listen to them all I think of is Wings by Paul McCartney (yes, thank you for that, Paul) and their later works, which, quite frankly, ruins their earlier works.

For example, I listened  to Drive My Car and all I could think of is, “Hey, this has elements of 1970’s arena rock.” Which, when I looked up the history of Rubber Soul, completely makes sense. There’s a lot of soul influence in this album, which was new for the Beatles. Not new for music (hello, Elvis, Sammy Davis, plenty people before the Beatles, etc.).

Rubber Soul is very catchy, absolutley, but not one of my favourites. There’s progression and I’d listen to it again but honestly, it had me wanting Freddie Mercury, it had me wanting Mick Jagger. Lennon and McCartney have  voices and harmonize beautifully, but I wanted the full-throated “fuck you all, I’m singing this shit” from Queen and the Rolling Stones. I wanted the dirtiness of The Who. Come on guys, hit me in the amygdala.

Now that’s music I can get behind despite me thinking that I apparently like music that comes from the crotch.

Sorry Fab Four.

(This is why I’m not a music journalist.)

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