Sound — 10
In 1968 the world's biggest band, The Beatles, embarked on the road to create their most ambitous release to date, a self titled double album showcasing each member's own personal talents. It was also the beginning of new technology for Abbey Road studios, although the equipment was only added later in the recording and thus most of the songs are still in traditional Mono style. In this album the Beatles took advantage of extensive sound effects and thus gave the album a very new and psychedelic feeling, a territory that interested John Lennon in paticular. You have everything on this record, blues, pop, rock 'n' roll, and even 1920's music hall style ballads (Honey Pie). Overall this album broke all the rules but still remained a critical and personal success for the Beatles.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are as with most Beatles recordings, all over the place. On one side you have very straight ahead songs mostly written by Paul. And on the other you have often left wing and different lyrical themes usually covered by John. On this album George was very productive and had one song on each side (that's vinyl for all you little kiddies). On most songs the lyrics go very well with the music and you can really hear the gears going inside the Beatles heads as they play along with whoever is singing the words. The spontenuity of the album really gives it charm. Well done boys!
Overall Impression — 10
This is my favourite Beatles album. I just love the balance of the psychedelica (Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill) and the usually Beatles gems (Goodnight) the blues (Yer Blues) and of course the straightforward rock n roll everyone loves (Revolution 1). Revolution 9 although it may sound weird is one of my favourites on the album, next time you hear it turn of all the lights and close your eyes. it's neat to hear the music without haveing a visual. If someone stole this album I would call on John and George's dead spirits to steal it back and scare the shit out of the dude that stole it. Buy this album, if you are dissappointed, you're a rock.