Sound — 10
In 1965's "Rubber Soul," The Beatles showed hints at a huge change in their sound, with instruments such as the sitar and dabbling in other styles of music. Well, in 1966, with the release of "Revolver," they proved that the change was complete. An undeniable sense of musical maturity was present throughout the record as they ventured into new genres such as psychadelia and Middle Eastern, sitar-oriented music. This still stands as one of The Beatles' most consistantly brilliant albums, not to mention one of the best of all time.
Lyrics — 10
As usual, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and now George Harrison's lyrics are spectacular. With "Dr. Robert", Lennon makes his first poem that is a blatant reference to drugs, Dr. Robert supposedly being his dealer, with "Elenor Rigby," McCartney writes one of his greatest songs of all time, and Harrison's "Taxman" shows his classic British wit in what sounds like a parody of Batman. All the Beatles, including Ringo, who sings "Yellow Submarine" have distinctive and superb singing voices. These songs were certainly made for their voices.
Overall Impression — 10
"Revolver" is in my top three Beatles albums, so it stands up to their other works without a doubt. The most impressive songs are "Taxman," "Eleanor Rigby," "I'm Only Sleeping," "Love To You," and "For No One." There are no possible critisisms that apply to this album; the sound, musicianship, lyrics, vocals, and production are all consistently flawless, and any fan of music in general must have it.