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November 25, 2013

Album 0387: The Beatles – With The Beatles

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Release Date: 1963
Genre: Pop/Rock

Tracklisting:

1. It Won’t Be Long (02:16)
2. All I’ve Got To Do (02:06)
3. All My Loving (02:13)
4. Don’t Bother Me (02:31)
5. Little Child (01:50)
6. Till There Was You (02:19)
7. Please Mister Postman (02:39)
8. Roll Over Beethoven (02:49)
9. Hold Me Tight (02:35)
10. You Really Got A Hold On Me (03:04)
11. I Wanna Be Your Man (02:01)
12. Devil In Her Heart (02:30)
13. Not A Second Time (02:12)
14. Money (That’s What I Want) (02:49)

Total Length: 33:53

It Won’t Be Long has a very catchy chorus, and I really like the arrangement with the guitar sneaking in licks. The vocal layering works well too. All I’ve Got To Do is a nice song that fits the style of the time. It kind of ends suddenly but I enjoy it while it’s on, other than being able to hear the squeak of the drum pedal. All My Loving has some okay moments but otherwise just doesn’t do too much for me.

Don’t Bother Me is kind of different from the other tracks on here with its attitude, and that gets it some points. It gets a tiny bit boring halfway through. Little Child is an odd little song that doesn’t do much for me. Till There Was You is quite boring to me, I don’t feel that it’s a worthwhile song, or at least rendition of it. Please Mister Postman gets stuck in your head which is cool.

Roll Over Beethoven is boring and kind of embarrassing to be totally honest. Hold Me Tight is another track where you can hear the pedal squeak, but it’s a fun little thing. Just very simplistic, but then again that was the trend at the time. You Really Got A Hold On Me has a neat hook and for some reason I really, really like it. I Wanna Be Your Man is kind of odd in that I shouldn’t like it, yet I do.

Devil In Her Heart is plain uninteresting to me. Not A Second Time is much the same. Money (That’s What I Want) is kind of a classic and I have a small soft spot for it in that sense. This seems like an album I can come back to on a rare occasion, but it doesn’t hold any kind of place in my head or heart really. A couple neat songs and that’s it.

Final Rating: 6/10

July 6, 2013

Album 0288: The Beatles – Abbey Road

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Release Date: 1969
Genre: Pop

Tracklisting:

1. Come Together (04:20)
2. Something (03:02)
3. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer (03:28)
4. Oh! Darling (03:27)
5. Octopus’s Garden (02:51)
6. I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (07:47)
7. Here Comes The Sun (03:06)
8. Because (02:46)
9. You Never Give Me Your Money (04:03)
10. Sun King (02:26)
11. Mean Mr. Mustard (01:07)
12. Polythene Pam (01:13)
13. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window (01:59)
14. Golden Slumbers (01:32)
15. Carry That Weight (01:36)
16. The End (02:22)
17. Her Majesty (00:26)

Total Length: 47:29

Come Together is a simple classic that starts the album. Very light guitar usage, focusing more on drum and bass for a good chunk of the song. This was also the band’s first real foray into utilizing the full uses of stereo. This song has cool things going on both sides and is a joy. Something starts off seeming like a basic song but is honestly really catchy and nice. It gives me this weird nostalgic vibe which I both like and find troubling.

Maxwell’s Silver Hammer is a funny little song. I can see why some people would hate this, but I absolutely love it and don’t see a reason why the band can’t have fun with the music like this. Oh! Darling is basically like a 50s blues song with a bit of doo wop (I think that’s correct) and is just really nice. They picked a tone they wanted and just went with it. Octopus’s Garden is silly and fun. I really like the production, and also love what the guitar and piano does throughout.

I Want You (She’s So Heavy) is also a blues-influenced song. Very different from what the band usually does in that the song is extended and goes on for quite a while. The main melody is quite catchy and I just love the whole thing. Here Comes The Sun is yet another huge classic. Kind of cheesy to be entirely honest but I don’t mind, it’s a nice kind of cheesy. Because is probably the first track so far that I don’t really care for. It’s a bit strange and just not really to my taste, though I like some of the weird synths used.

You Never Give Me Your Money starts one of two medleys (or just one large medley if you want to look at it that way) and this track by itself is a mish-mash of a bunch of different things. It takes some getting used to but it’s enjoyable. Sun King is kind of boring in my opinion, though. Mean Mr. Mustard is a fun little thing. Polythene Pam isn’t near as good but at least it’s over quick. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window caps off this first medley, it’s better but still not that memorable for me.

Golden Slumbers begins the second medley, it’s kind of nice. I like the bigger moments in it. Carry That Weight is great though, simply fantastic. It also references back to track nine, which is probably why some consider this to be one big medley instead of two. The End is cheesy and has a decent drum solo for the first half, and the second half is cool. Her Majesty is a cool, tiny track. I still don’t entirely understand the medley and parts of it annoy me, but this is a great album overall, very easy to get into for the most part, and just highly listenable.

Final Rating: 8.5/10

June 6, 2012

Album 0046: The Beatles – Yellow Submarine

Release Date: 1969
Genre: Pop/Rock

Tracklisting:

1. Yellow Submarine (02:40)
2. Only A Northern Song (03:24)
3. All Together Now (02:11)
4. Hey Bulldog (03:11)
5. It’s All Too Much (06:25)
6. All You Need Is Love (03:51)
7. Pepperland (02:21)
8. Sea Of Time (03:00)
9. Sea Of Holes (02:17)
10. Sea Of Monsters (03:37)
11. March Of The Meanies (02:19)
12. Pepperland Laid Waste (02:13)
13. Yellow Submarine In Pepperland (02:14)

Total Length: 39:43

Yellow Submarine is exactly the same as it appears on Revolver, and it’s a fun trippy song. I like the intro more than the bulk of the song though. I think it’s semi-lame that it’s literally the exact same track, instead of a rerecording. Only A Northern Song is kind of wacky and doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be doing. All Together Now is cheesy fun, sounds like a merry band of pirates. Hey Bulldog has a pretty neat chorus and riff, but the guitar solo doesn’t do anything for me.

It’s All Too Much is a fantastic jam song, one of the cooler songs the band has done in my opinion. All You Need Is Love is kind of neat, but it actually kind of grates on my nerves for being too happy or sappy. I honestly have trouble getting through the song sometimes. Not to mention that the verse is the best part but is barely there, and it’s another song lifted straight out of an earlier album. Pepperland is a neat intro track. Sea Of Time is pretty nice, has a lot of fun melodies.

Sea Of Holes is not that interesting to listen to. Sea Of Monsters brings back some of the melodies from before, it’s fairly cool. March Of The Meanies is aggressive and cool. Pepperland Laid Waste has some neat instrumentation. Yellow Submarine In Pepperland is basically a symphonic version of the title track, which is kind of cool. I have no idea why they didn’t use this to do a rerecorded version. This album has some fun moments, but I mostly just forget it exists.

Final Rating: 6.5/10

January 27, 2012

Album 0009: The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Release Date: 1967
Genre: Pop/Rock

Tracklisting:

1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (02:03)
2. With A Little Help From My Friends (02:45)
3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (03:28)
4. Getting Better (02:47)
5. Fixing A Hole (02:38)
6. She’s Leaving Home (03:26)
7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! (02:39)
8. Within You, Without You (05:08)
9. When I’m Sixty-Four (02:40)
10. Lovely Rita (02:46)
11. Good Morning, Good Morning (02:35)
12. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (01:19)
13. A Day In The Life (05:36)

Total Length: 39:48

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is a pretty fun intro to the album, just cool. With A Little Help From My Friends is pretty good, but I can’t say I personally really enjoy it. I realize that many of the songs on this album are considered absolute classics, but sometimes my senses just don’t match up. Cool melodies in this though, I just feel like the lyrics are cheesy. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds is a song I kind of take contention with. The intro and verse is fantastic, but the chorus is completely different and I frankly don’t care for it. If an entire song was made based off the intro and verse alone I would love it.

Getting Better has a fun chorus, but I don’t really care about the rest of the song. Fixing A Hole is alright. She’s Leaving Home is pretty fantastic, I really like everything about it. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! is just fun, it’s really interesting for the time. Within You, Without You is about the only song on this album I don’t enjoy. It’s possible to do an Indian-influenced song without it sounding boring and drawn out like this track. I suppose it was pretty different for the time, though. When I’m Sixty-Four is a cheesy pop song that I really enjoy.

Lovely Rita is an okay song, I feel like the ending is kind of odd, but the rest of the track is fun. Good Morning, Good Morning is okay, don’t really get the point of it. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) is a fun little track. A Day In The Life has a couple disparate parts strung together, and they are all good. I especially like the first section. The ending bit is kind of fun too.

I haven’t really been able to get into The Beatles so far. I enjoy some songs once in a while, but there’s nothing that really compels me to listen to them. I do enjoy this album though, and it took me a few spins to get into it.

Final Rating: 8/10