Sound — 10
Ok well first off, the sound on this album is totally different than anything that the Beatles ever did. To say it's sprawling is a total understatement. Every genre is here (rock, blues, country, jazz, even avant-grade) and done very well. There are a boatload of classics bundled in (Back in the USSR, Birthday, Happiness is a Warm Gun, Helter Skelter, Revolution, Ob La Di) and some more obscure cuts like the totally awesome Revolution 9 (which, yes, can be enjoyed without drugs), Savoy Truffle (great jazz vibe to it), Sexy Sadie, and the brilliant While My Guitar Gently Weeps. The thing that really hooked me was how ominous the darker songs are and how well-produced and varied it is. Plus the ending of Rev. 9 going into Good Night is shear musical brilliance.
Lyrics — 9
Well the lyrics are top notch as always (the agitated protests of Revolution, the soothing lullabies of Good Night and Blackbird) and the John, Paul, George, and Ringo have voices made for any kind of music and it really shows best here. Some confusing lines pop up though (Happiness is a Warm Gun on some parts).
Overall Impression — 10
Certainly of of their top 3 albums. You cannot be a Beatles fan if you don't appreciate their willingness to move forward and not just be a simple brit-pop band. This was their real leap forward that assured that they weren't just the cute little fab four. Shame on the person how gave this a 6.7/10 and bashed Revolution 9. You don't deserve this album's greatness and magnificent level of creativity. An essential for any music listener's library.