Revolver review by The Beatles

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  • Released: Aug 5, 1966
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.5 (89 votes)
The Beatles: Revolver

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.

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    this album is great, but i don't see why it's the best. my favourite beatles album is abbey road
    I agree with orange_juice in that my favorite beatles album in Abbey Road. I really like this album and think that it is miles above most albums that other bands put out, but it is not as complete as Abbey Road or Sgt. Peppers
    this album is at least as complete as pepper. honestly, get past all the adulation heaped on SP and look at the songs. revolver presents a greater diversity of style than SpLHCB and is thus less of a niche record. i mean look at the first few songs. you have a Hendrix styled song BEFORE hendrix, Classical art song, psychedelic, Indian, and the beach boys. Side 2 also brings out that massively influential sound: trebly distorted guitars mixed with burst of sunshine vocal harmonies (think Townshend heard Dr. Robert?). And Tomorrow never knows is at least as psychedelic as anything on the next LP. Honestly, Pepper may have showed what was possible, but it didn't directly influence as many styles or have the depth of this one. when the Beatles did abbey road they were recreating the sound (3 part harmonies, arty rockers mixed with tougher (lennon) ones.