Review #35: Rubber Soul, The Beatles

Karla Clifton
2 min readFeb 16, 2021

#35: Rubber Soul, The Beatles

Must I rehash why the Beatles are overrepresented on this list every time I review one of their albums? It hurts me.

But look, in this RS blurb, they cite George Martin’s description of Rubber Soul as “the first album to present a new, growing Beatles to the world.” I’m just not sure that means that Rubber Soul is among the top 50 albums of all time, just because the Beatles did it.

It’s not gonna stop me from writing glowing Beatles review after glowing Beatles review, because I f***ing love the Beatles. I’m just saying.

FAVORITE SONGS:

“Drive My Car” Beep beep, beep beep, yeah! Sometimes I feel like the Beatles tried and failed to write a bad song, you know what I mean?

“Norwegian Wood” — Is this the second acoustic song everyone learns on the guitar (right after “Margaritaville”)? Just me? Now I just have to learn it on the sitar.

“Think For Yourself” — I love when the Beatles lean into nonsensical wordplay.

“The Word” — No-holds-barred jam. No further questions.

“What Goes On” — Points for the fun harmonies and “ooh”s.

“Girl” — Why do I love this simple song so much? Maybe I just love when John Lennon takes an extremely deep breath through his nose.

“I’m Looking Through You” — This song is perfect and there is nothing you can say to change my mind.

“In My Life” — Another perfect song, no further questions.

“If I Needed Someone” — Look, if you think that I want to listen to the Beatles execute perfect harmonies over the same song over and over again, you’re absolutely right.

“Run For Your Life” — I just love a good violent revenge tune!

LEAST FAVORITE SONGS:

“Nowhere Man” — This one gets stuck in my head like a tumor. Also the words drive me nuts: Doesn’t have a point of view/Knows not where he’s going to/Isn’t he a bit like you and me? Don’t pretend you know me, John Lennon.

“Michelle” — This may be my least favorite Beatles song ever. French, Paul? Really?

IS RS FULL OF IT:

Yes, we get it, RS is the devil and the Beatles are overrated. Now excuse me while I go listen to “Please Please Me” seventy times.

Review #34: Innervisions, Stevie Wonder

Review #36: Off The Wall, Michael Jackson

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