Second CD reviewed in a row that I fairly strongly disliked at first. I was lukewarm on this one for a much longer time, though. I think I finally understand its reputation now (though the stupid debate among hipsters about Revolver v. Rubber Soul as the best Beatles album has to end…just partaking in the debate is a lame attempt to signal hipster cred, at which point you lose all non-hipster cred.) Once I got past the terrible sound and the stretch from 4-6 without a keeper I was able to see it for what it is: a collection of mostly fabulous songs.
- Taxman – Liked more before I knew it was George whining about his taxes. #OccupyTheBeatles. (“Daddy singing taxman song.”)
- Eleanor Rigby – Ridiculed so much for the fact that violin players love it. Stupidest criticism ever. Fantastic song.
- I’m Only Sleeping – Sounds like crap, but a great song to sing to my kids. (“Daddy singing sleeping song.”) It’s a fantastic song, period, I just wish it didn’t sound like ass.
- Love You To – George’s sitar contribution to the album.
- Here, There and Everywhere – Fine, but yawny.
- Yellow Submarine – I’m torn so much on this song. I’ve never really liked it, finding it way too simple. But it is a cool song to sing with kids (“Daddy singing submarine song”), and the expansions on the theme in the instruments is kind of cool. And it’s Ringo, so I want to love it. But I can’t stand it.
- She Said She Said – Is the sound good enough to mix? The song is, not sure if the sound is.
- Good Day Sunshine – “Daddy singing sunshine song.”
- And Your Bird Can Sing – peaking, but great song.
- For No One – So sad
- Doctor Robert –
- I Want To Tell You – Gad sound again
- Got To Get You Into My Life –
- Tomorrow Never Knows – Another sitar one. This one’s much better.
Mix: “Good Day Sunshine,” “And Your Bird Can Sing”
Keep: “Taxman,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “I’m Only Sleeping,” “She Said She Said,” “For No One,” “Got To Get You Into My Life,” “Tomorrow Never Knows”
Like: “Love You To,” “Here, There and Everywhere,” “Doctor Robert,” “I Want To Tell You”
Filed Between: The Beatles’ Help! and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band