Sound — 9
"A Hard Day's Night" exemplifies the excitement surrounding The Beatles during Beatlemania in the mid 60's. Their melodies became a little more complex than their primitive numbers like "Love Me Do". Songs like "Can't Buy Me Love", "A Hard Day's Night", "You Can't Do That" brought about catchy riffs and melody lines to go with their carefree attitude. For it's time, their sound was revolutionary.
Lyrics — 9
This is actually the first album of The Beatles that was written completely without any cover songs (also the first time since Billy Holly and the Crickets in the mid 50's). John's lyrical potential beings to blossom with songs "If I Fell" and "You Can't Do That". These songs would plant a seed for what was to come later on first with "Help!" and then "Rubber Soul".
Overall Impression — 10
What's nice about this album is that we can catch the excitement of Beatlemania during the '60s just by listening all the way through this record. "A Hard Day's Night" serves as a time capsule for '60s and classic rock and therefore is worth owning. The Beatles would become more sophisticated in their songwriting later on, but it is nice to see their progression as musicians and songwriters starting with this album.