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Rubber Soul

Beatles

1965

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Rubber Soul

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4.1

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5

This is tough. There are Beatles albums I like more than Rubber Soul so tempted to give this a 4. But it is still right up there and has some songs who's influence can't be overlooked that I feel this should be rated higher than some of the albums I've already given a 4 to. Oh for a .5 system! Fuck it...a low 5 from me.

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4

After tearing Paul to shreds as a vocalist in the preceding years, this is the one where John shows himself equally superior as a songwriter. Norweigian Wood, Girl and In My Life are a magnificent triumvirate that work through John's complex feelings towards women: confusion, anger, bitterness, devotion. When he brings the muscular second guitar in to punctuate the third verse of Girl, it's because he knows that's the one the tips it into masterpiece. Something similar happens with the sped-up piano on In My Life. So, those three are untouchable genius. What Goes On is... not. Pretty abominable really. George's mumbo jumbo is passable, though Think For Yourself, while the better of the two, is more grating lyrically. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that John wrote The Word as a George parody, especially given its sequencing. Drive My Care and Michelle are two of Paul's more nuanced and therefore best songs. Overall, it's great but not without mediocre moments. Verdict: I could not die without having heard this album.

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5

The turning point in The Beatles' discography. Great album that heralded even better ones.

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5

It might not be the best of their albums but "Rubber Soul" is my personal favorite Beatles album. The lyrics are clever and funny and deep and the musicianship is of course top notch. Great record.

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5

196 albums in and finally The Beatles. They sound like an overweight pig on a skateboard, wheezing in the Autumn sun...in a good way.

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5

A bridge between the rock n roll of the early Beatles, and the psychedelia they would be dipping their toes into just one album later. Favorite tracks: "All My Life", "I'm Looking Through You", "Drive My Car"

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5

Nearly every song is unique and memorable, plus it represents a big shift in the Beatles music and pop music as a whole. To those upset about “Run for your life”, you realize this is intentionally written to demonstrate the extreme emotional depths of jealousy right? The song sheds light on an ugly archetype, but one that nevertheless exists, and one that the Beatles clearly struggled with. Paul McCartney also found it worthwhile to write about monkeys fucking in a road. Another extreme human(and animal) instinct the Beatles wrote without necessarily being monkey fuckers themselves. This is how art works, you don’t have to like it, maybe the point is that you don’t like it.

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5

Starts with Drive my Car Norwegian Wood!! Sitar!! Nowhere Man...lalala Meeeshell my belle sunday tre bien on son French French.... “In My Life” is maybe the most beautiful song ever What a fucking album! Perfect mix of poppy and psychedelic, catchy diddies and meloncholy anthems...Feels like the transition album from “early” Beatles to “later” Beatles

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5

I think Brian Wilson was right when he said this was the first album where "Every Track is a Gas". But it flows, despite there being 3 different writers experimenting beyond what pop was. It's fair to say this is when the beatles became important. All meat, no bones. Every song here is a guaranteed hit. They last as long as they need to. Right to the point.

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Wasn’t going to bother rating this, but it seems like it won’t let me proceed if I don’t. Hmm… Anyway, not sure “Run For Your Life” has aged that well, but then neither have I. More interesting question: what’s the WORST Beatles tune? I gotta think on it some more critically, but my immediate response is “Get Back.” Never liked that one. Feels like it should be on a Bachman Turner Overdrive record instead.

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4

I mean, all the Beatles albums are pretty good, aren't they?

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4

This is getting close to Peak Beatles. There are a lot of really solid songs on this album as Lennon really comes into his own as a master songwriter here with Norwegian Wood, Nowhere Man, and probably the most beautiful song he’s ever written with In My Life. Must be the effect of all that acid he reportedly took during this time. This would get a five but for a few clunkers, especially What Goes On, they really should keep Ringo away but I guess they had to throw him a bone.

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Au début de cette folle aventure, j'avais en tête une très célèbre trinité, la trinité du surcotage, j'ai nommé Beatles - Pink Floyd - Rolling Stones. Si les Pink Floyd ont depuis confirmé leur statut de groupe le plus surcôté de l'histoire, les Beatles avaient su me faire douter grâce aux excellents Abbey Road et White Album. Seulement, depuis, force est de constater que les Beatles ont également des albums tout à fait banals, complétement adulés par le grand public qui n'y connait rien à la musique. En parlant de réglade, je tenais à revenir sur le cas d'un des décérébrés du générateur. Hier, alors que j'attribuais la note maximale à Bad de Michael Jackson, je vis la note globale de 3.76 s'inscrire sur mon écran. Je sursautais de stupeur, et me dirigeais en furie vers l'espace commentaire. Ici, en tant que deuxième commentaire, figure un petit malin ayant attribué la note minimale de 1/5 à ce bijou musical. Ce petit malin, dont l'album préféré est la daube auditive de Kraftwerk, a voulu faire son intéressant en descandant l'album de MJ. Le cliché typique de l'individu sans vie sociale, se pensant au dessus de tout le monde en detestant la musique commerciale. Son review est une calamité, que j'ai d'ailleurs demandé à Robert de supprimer du générateur. De plus, son amour pour Kraftwerk prouve les liens très étroits que cet individus entretient avec le nazisme, là aussi Robert est sur le coup, et une perquisition devrait être menée dans les prochains jours au domicile de ce jeune imbécile. Vous l'aurez compris, les Rolling Stones seront attendus au tournant.

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5

duh

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5

Its the Beatles - come on

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5

Listened to it a few weeks back, okay. It has Sympathy for the Devil which is a top 5 stones song for me, so I can't rate it less than 3/4

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5

Awesome album. Every song.

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5

Love.

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5

Lubie bardzo ten album wspomnienia mile z nim mam

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5

Na urodzinki dostałem, co tu dużo mówić, śliczne melodie, piękne harmonie, i wspaniały klimat

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5

So great! I know lots of these songs, but hearing it all in a row made a big difference.

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5

A very strong album. Diverse tones between fun and bright to more relaxed and easy grooving. Favorite track: Wait

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5

One of my favorite album from them

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5

Classic album. Four stars.

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alma de borracha total

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5

Amazing

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5

Easy 5 pointer.. Beatles doing what they do

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5

in my life good song

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5

9.5

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5

Hitsen och många andra låtar e ju solklara 5+, andra låtar e ganska mje. Men ja, det e ett mycket bra beatles album. Men vad fan hände på sista låten hahah hur mådde dom??

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5

Incredible as always.

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5

Citando a un hombre sabio: "me daría hasta miedo no ponerle 5 estrellas"

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5

An absolute classic what else to comment

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❤️

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5

I already knew this album well. Perfect 60s vibes. You really get to see hints of what the Beatles would become next.

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5

I think I may have enjoyed this one the most of what I've listened to so far. I didn't actually know most of the songs on this album, but I liked pretty much all of them.

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Masterpiece. One of the greatest albums of all time. Second best Beatles album. 10/10 1. In My Life 2. Nowhere Man 3. Norwegian Wood

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No es su mejor disco pero indudablemente genial.

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5

One of the best albums ever recorded. Full stop.

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5

It's the Beatles what more can I say! I haven't actually listened to this album before, but I enjoy most of the rest of their discography and this album has significantly sitar so that's a plus.

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5

My favorite Beatles album

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5

I mean, it's a great album. Not my favorite Beatles album, but a great album.

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5

I would feel guilty not giving this 5 stars. I am too soft.

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4.5* great album just TOO SHORT!! great album though

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5

Maybe my second favorite Beatles album. 10

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Uno de los que más me gusta de ellos. Genial

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5

What to say that hasn't been expressed a billion times?

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5

Narrowly a 10/10. A couple really good songs, and none that let the album down. And while it's not the most exciting or emotional music, it just sounds really good. Except maybe the bits where he inhales in "Girl". And it's a very reasonable length for the style of music.

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5

Got a sudden urge to purchase insurance

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5

9! Groovy. Great as an album, fun tracks individually

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this was one of the 4 albums i had for my cd player as a small child and i remember i thought that the beatles were all brothers. anyways its good but not quite the beatles at their best. 9/10

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5

Un disco maravilloso que además representa esa madurez que alcanzaron y les llevo camino a la gloria

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Best Beatles album

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Masterpiece

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5

Nunca había escuchado este álbum de the Beatles completo y en orden, no sabía que drive my car o Michelle eran de este álbum

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Saved Prior: None For all 5 star albums I'm going to be ranking the songs worst to best with tiers after one day of listening. Not Saved Tier: 14. The Word 13. If I Needed Someone Cutting Edge: 12. Nowhere Man (wish there was a little bit more going on, will probably grow on me) 11. Girl 10. Run For Your Life (would be higher if the lyrics weren't so sus coming from John Lennon) Saved Off Rip: 9. In My Life (didn't especially like it at first, already growing on me, could easily rocket up) 8. What Goes On (simple but hits the spot) 7. Drive My Car (again, simple but hits the spot) 6. Wait 5. Think For Yourself Top 4 are essentially toss-ups, not confident in this order: 4. Michelle 3. I'm Looking Through You 2. Norwegian Wood 1. You Won't See Me This album is incredible, might be a Beatle stan. I get the Beatles. Nothing sounds quite like them, and goddamn they refuse to miss on this album. Even the two I didn't save are at least 5/10 songs.

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5

This album is beautiful

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5

Would listen to again

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5

One of the Beatles best. One of my personal favourites

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5

In my fav Beatles albums.

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This might be my favorite Beatles album...

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5

Man, just wall to wall excellence.

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5

Soul/motown-inspired rock and roll at the Beatles' finest. In My Life is one of my favourites on this one. Also, it's said that the inhales on Girl are Lennon inhaling a joint

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Classic. I love the fact that The Beatles hit a ceiling with this album and The Beatles in general. After the release of Beach Boy's 'Pet Sounds', 'St Peppers' was a desperate attempt to compete by creating an entirely new fictional band.

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5

This is the first Beatles album I've listened to from start to finish and I really enjoyed it. The album felt cohesive, and I kind of wish each song was a little longer! I don't have any gripes with this album.

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This is one of my favourite albums of all time. This is just before The Beatles started redefining music with every subsequent release and you can hear the experimental ideas bubbling under the surface. Love it. It is a bit bad that John Lennon says he's going to kill that girl, but it was the 60's.

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One of the highlight rock albums of the '60s. 9.0/10 Best Tracks: "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" "Michelle" "In My Life"

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This was maybe my first favorite Beatles album.

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Turning point in music. Groundbreaking.

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5

Beatles always great love how they keep album length short and songs aren’t super long

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5

Bangers only

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5

Love Rubber Soul!! This was the first Beatles album I ever bought on vinyl, there was an old copy at a thrift store. It's beat to hell and sounds a little scratchy but that just adds to the charm of it.

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Can’t go wrong with the Beatles

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Good album, one of the only Beatles albums I hadn't heard before, consistent

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Just sublime. How extraordinary The Beatles were. Their consistency in such a short space of time. Songs that will endure forever. There is so much to enjoy here and a variety of style and mood whilst still sounding like a cohesive record. I really loved listening to this on repeat and has been my highlight so far of this project.

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5

5/5 very very good album. One of the best Beatles albums in my opinion. Favourite songs: drive my car and Norwegian wood

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5

What a great album. I’m guilty of really only knowing Beatles’ hits. What an awakening.

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5

I like it.

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Top class 🤩

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5

Oh man. My favorite. So many great songs. Guess I get a free day today, cause I been listening to this album since I was 12.

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5

I mean... it's the Beatles. Rocky, poppy, sweet 'n nostalgic.

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5

Jockeys with Revolver as my favorite Beatles album. What more is there to say.... 5 stars

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5

Very very enjoyable, vocals are insanely good, harmony is great. Only negative I can find is that sometimes the instrumentals are a bit repetitive, very similar sounding drums in most songs, “Girl” was nice because it had a drastically different composition to most of the other songs in the album. On all songs though, the guitar lines all sound amazing. 5/5

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95/100 Top 3: "Michelle", "Girl" and "In My Life"

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Nowhere Man alone would make this record a 6-star, but then you've also got Girl, Norwegian Wood and ... hell, go on and listen to it!

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Only 1 song on this album that wasn’t amazing!

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5

Never heard of this lot but I predict big things for them, they'll go far.

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5

Where do we start. Ok well firstly anyone that dislikes John Lennon probably does have a rubber soul. If they have a soul at all that is. This album is absolutely phenomenal in every way shape and form. Another fine example of scousers ruling the world!!

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5

So many classics!

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A classic

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Good as ever

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El disc on es nota l'inici de la seva progressió a l'hora de buscar noves fórmules i experimentacions dins del pop. Les cançons continuen estant, a més ara amb uns arranjaments més interessants i unes harmonies de primer nivell. Una altra de les seves obres mestres

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5

A great album! I love it a lot! My second favorite Beatles album, and the first one that I ever listened to all the way through around November 2020. I love the folkier style, and "In My Life" is one of my all time favorite Beatles songs. "Drive My Car" is also one of the best album starters that The Beatles ever had. Just incredible!

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5

Finally some fucking Beatles. It's impossible to choose a favourite Beatles album but this is one of the very best. This is the one where they transitioned from the poppy boy band into cool as fuck absolute #lads. The drugs came in and their music changed for the better. 1. Drive My Car - classic opener 9/10 2. Norwegian Wood - First of many Beatles sitar tracks and easily the best 10/10 3. You Won't See Me - Lovely stuff from our Paul 9.50/10 4. Nowhere Man - Lennon delivering another 10/10 5. Think For Yourself - Lovely bit of guitar 8.5/10 6. The Word - cool as fuck and good fun 9/10 7. Michelle - used to think this was about a monkey playing piano 8.5/10 8. What Goes On - Not Ringo's finest hour 7/10 9. Girl - bonus points for saying 'tit' 9/10 10. I'm Looking Through You - always been a favourite 9.5/10 11. In My Life - The best song ever written 11/10 12. Wait - Another worldie 9.5/10 13. If I Needed Someone - Them harmonies though 9.50/10 14. Run For Your Life - For fuck sake haha 6.50/10

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5

With a mindful listen, this replaced Hard Days Night as my favourite Beatles album. Wonder from end-to-end, melodically & lyrically.

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5

Certainly not an album that I need to listen to to rate, but I went ahead and listened anyway. Every single song is good. Run For Your Life is a bit of a strange song to end on, mostly given John's history of domestic abuse, but apart from the darkness of that moment the album is incredible. A huge step forward for a band trying to become something other than the simple pop stars they had mostly been up until that point 5/5

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5

Amazing what a massive leap their sound and songwriting took between Help and this album

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5

Dude, it’s Rubber Soul

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Excellent, brought back memories

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Love it

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It's the Beatles !

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Classic Beatles, every song rocks except Run For Your life… Yikes

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One of my personal favorite albums of all time. I personally believe it is the best Beatles' album as it encompasses such a wide range of melodies and creative moments. A truly magical project. My favorite song has to be "Girl", John's vocals are unmatched on that one!

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5

One of the best Beatles albums. More creative and mature... definitely more varied. Incredible.

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It's good. They might have a future if they don't break themselves up.

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Drive My Car Norwegian Wood Nowhere Man Michelle Girl In my life Run for your life Excellent, pas leur meilleur mais tellement de bons titres qu'il mérite son 5 étoiles

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A strong 4.8 There are songs on this album that are unforgetable. Each song is so different buit the album rocks.

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5

My favorite Beatles album

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One small step for The Beatles, one giant leap for Rock and Roll.

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5

Knew more songs than I expected. Their songs permeated through everything. Gave it a few listens and really enjoyed most of it.

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That's easy, know it already well, easily top 10 of my favourites ever

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It's so interesting to hear the blues influences throughout this album and consider what a point of difference or is to the earlier stuff - and how again this is going to transform into entirely new just a few years later. Holy shit, "run for your life" doesn't age well does it?

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Exceletne album! grandes canciones aunque no lo recordaba tan melancólico. Duración perfecta. El primero de una serie de grandes albumes de los beatles que marcaron a futuras generaciones

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Great album

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Perfection

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I feel like this is my sweet spot for the Beatles, that kind of in-between from their Beatlemania stuff and the later Sgt Pepper/White album stuff. "In My Life" is an all-time favorite for me. The rest is wonderful.

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While this is still a classic album, I think it’s my least favorite Beatles album. It’s not bad by any means but I find revolver and sgt peppers to be a lot better. Fav songs: nowhere man, Michelle

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JOYA

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The transition album from the classic rock n roll-oriented Beatles phase to their more experimental work. Here we see a focus on folk music, inspired by the Byrds and Dylan, pushing Lennon and McCartney to write more complex melodies and stories. Harrison's interests in raga is first shown here, which will be a defining feature of psychedelic rock starting in Revolver. The production is among the best of the era. There is such a dramatic shift from Help to Rubber Soul in the sound that I often declare 1965 as the year music started sounding "modern"... that is: clear, crisp, and hifi. It's a perfect collection of pop hits ranging from many different styles. Some look back to their classic days, while others show something evolving. There is not a single song I even remotely dislike; I sing along to all of them with enthusiasm. I couldn't just pick a few to talk about, so I decided to say my thoughts about each of them. Note a lot of things I love from previous songs are implied for the later ones cause I didn't want to repeat what I like. These reoccuring aspects are fantastic songwriting, harmonious vocals, impressively high production, and a perfect blend of instrumentation. Drive My Car: As with most Beatles albums, album kicks off immediately with a banger irresistible to sing and bop to. That short guitar intro is enough build-up to get anyone excited. Fantastic harmony between Lennon and McCartney. Nice cowbell, Ringo. Tell me you know someone who won't go "beep beep, beep beep yeah." Not to mention the writing is great, telling an interesting relationship between an aspiring girlfriend and a devoted boyfriend. Norwegian Wood: One of the best storytelling in a song, with engaging and mysterious lyrics, supported by the atmospheric sitar. Clearly inspired by Dylan since he was the big folk-rock artist of the time. It's impressive that Harrison managed to master the sitar and raga so perfectly in rock music in such a short time. You Won't See Me: McCartney gets his shine with a melodic tune. Another example of amazing songwriting by the duo. McCartney's vocals match well with the emotional longing for a lost lover, supported at the right timing and intensity by the back vocals. What I love about Beatles songs is that they're usually so busy. Never a second where there isn't something that draws your attention. And sometimes like here, it's obvious, while others you have to look closely. Nowhere Man: It's a sin they kicked this song out the US versions. This song really stuck out to me as a kid. It wasn't about love, I thought about a strange "nowhere man" who isn't concerned of normal human needs or affairs, but is in his own little world. I love everything about this song. The instruments are orgasmic, as is the slow and harmonious vocals... It was probably one of the first songs I was able to sing along to due to clear and peculiar yet catchy lyrics, and likely helped me appreciate folk music better. Think for Yourself: The first Harrison song on the album. Holy shit those transitions between major and minor are absolutely insane. The song is on the harder side, and my favorite part is how the lyrics go between solo Harrison and the three-way overdubs. The Word: I don't have much to say, but I again love the harmony overdubs. It's another song I love singing along to, which is hard not to do so with the tonal changes to the repetitive line. Michelle: Another song that supported my decision to have McCartney as my favorite Beatle. This is one of my favorite songs to hum to. The pitch varies with each note that it's so fun. Love his voice (and the choral harmony), the slow folk-like nature, and how majestic the tune sounds. Apparently, McCartney was initially inspired by French songs. What Goes On: Hilarious how I'm used to the sudden jump from the most peaceful track "Michelle" to something this rough. Yes, this is my least favorite track, but it's still melodic, the writing isn't awful, the country adds a nice contrast that fits with the diverse nature, and I like that unusual staccato plucking. I'm shocked they put this on a single. Girl: I need to stop saying "this song is one of my favorites." You can tell by now I am obsessed with almost all the songs on this album. But yes, this is ONE of my favorites. I love Lennon's yearnful voice and the back vocals that scream "I can't sit still until I find this girl." My favorite solo on the album... I think. I'm Looking Through You: Best demonstrates the transitioning state of old Beatles to their new style. This is definitely something you'd hear off "Help" except better production. It's hard with a rock n roll finish. I can't unhear that fapping noise. In My Life: A song I never really got how deep it was until several years ago. Obviously you're not gonna understand reminiscing at 11. Never noticed Ringo's bells until now lol. Love Lennon's vocal range, and the classical piano bridge. Wait: The jump from "In My Life" is so ingrained in my mind. Another song that sounds like it's from the Help album. There's so much excitement it's really fun singing to this song at the top of my lungs. If I Needed Someone: The harmonious vocals and baroque pop sound like the folk rock style that the Byrds invented in their first two albums. Harrison back at it again with Indian-sounding music, although this time no sitar. Run for your Life: A simple one, another that I could hear coming out of Help. Not a favorite, but I still like singing along to it, and the lyrics are funny. Thought it was an appropriate closing. All other songs on this album sound like there's something more to come, so I can't think of a better closer... But then again, that might just be because I've heard this a million times.

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It's the Beatles, so always amazing, quirky, and innovative.

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I really enjoyed listening to this album. It was a different time. The music was simpler but so much fun.

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in my life best song of all time?

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The number is 210. As in, I was given 210 albums from the algorithm of this little project before I was finally awarded with a Beatles album. That's not a criticism at all, especially considering that Rubber Soul is possibly my favorite Beatles album. I even like the Ringo song. This is the sound of the greatest rock band in history taking a giant step forward. Or to be more precise, it's John Lennon letting everyone know how great drugs can be. His songs in particular standout here - not to state the obvious, but every track on here is great, it's just that Lennon's are on another level that Paul and George weren't at yet (again, probably because they hadn't full embraced the wonders of mind-altering chemicals as John had). Just take a look at two of the ballads in the middle of the album. It sounds like Paul considers singing some of the lyrics of "Michelle" in French as a giant leap forward (his likely inspiration came from when the band recorded a bunch of their previous hits in German). John insisted in keeping a hissing sound on "Girl" that was picked up on the mic, because he thought it sounded like him inhaling marijuana. And then there's George and Paul singing the word "tit-tit-tit" over and over again on the middle eights. Those cheeky devils! John's Norwegian Wood, Nowhere Man, and In My Life also stand out. George really came into his own here on two great album cuts. This is one of my Desert Island Albums. Some may hear it as a foretaste of the feast to come, and in many ways, it is. Whether it was the drugs, the Byrds or Dylan, the Fab Four was clearly influenced to take their magic in new and exciting directions. And it all starts here.

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Got be 5 stars

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Likely my favourite Beatles album behind Revolver. Insanely good.

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Þarf ekki að hlusta, bara veit. Besta plata ársins 1965 og eitt sín mín uppáhalds Bítlaplata. Hún er enn á topp fimm listanum mínum þar.

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4.5

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Starting off with a familiar one! Appreciated the flow and the growth from earlier recordings. Really came into their own on this one.

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Would be hard not to give the Beatles a 5 on merit alone. Rubber Soul is a great album, this is the Beatles I enjoy where they're starting to get away from their early pop stylings and start evolving into their own musicians. Some great tunes in here, a bit more of an edge in their lyrics. Drive my car, Nowhere Man are some great tunes. That last song, yikes.

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5

Full of classic acoustic tracks, the tambourine is the highlight in nearly every song.

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5

Cool

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5

I've always been partial to Norwegian Wood.

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5

Absolutely my favourite Beatles album. I've heard it many times before, but this was a great reason for another

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5

Revolver is where they made the turn to hitting a next level stride, but Rubber Soul is still my favorite album of their early period

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5

the best

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5

Great times I was not live

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5

It's just a great album that I've listened to countless times. Classic/5

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5

Having listened to my parents copy of this on vinyl repeatedly in the 70's this record is part of my DNA. And (with the exception of Run For Your Life - why are so many 60's songs about killing your girlfriend?) it still sounds fantastic. Love it!

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5

Full disclosure: I was named after one of the songs on this album. When I was a little kid, adults would randomly sing my name at me and I didn’t really know what that was all about until some years later when I heard it on the radio. And oh, what a lovely, lovely song it is. I was already on the path to loving the Beatles at that point, but that song pretty much sealed the deal. I’m a total Beatles nerd. I listen to all of their music, but Rubber Soul is just one of a few of their albums I listen to regularly in full, beginning to end. This is such a marvelous album. It's a real turning point from the Beatles' early sound into what they would become as a band. It's also probably their first album that functions as more than just a collection of songs, with its own mood and flow, a cohesive work as a whole. The quality is probably slightly uneven when you consider the songs individually, but as a whole, the quality and the beauty is undeniable. This album has some of the best songs the Beatles ever made on it. You know them really well, some of them by heart. I don’t have to tell you this album is great. It’s in our cultural DNA. Fave Songs (All songs, in order from most to least favorite): Norwegian Wood, In My Life, Drive My Car, Michelle, Wait, Girl, The Word, You Won't See Me, Nowhere Man, I'm Looking Through You, Think for Yourself, What Goes On, If I Needed Someone, Run for Your Life

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5

Yes, this is perfect.

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5

A brilliant mix of psychedelic rock and folk. It's Rubber Soul, what more can I say?

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5

So, so great!

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5

Juuh, paras Beatles-levy, aina ja edelleen. Tajuton biisikimara, asteikko ei riitä. 7/5.

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5

Näitä lennon-mccartey -hommia tulee useimmiten verrattua ainoastaan saman bändin muihin tuotoksiin. Ja tätä on tullut tehtyä sillä oon kyllä sitä porukkaa joka ihan aidosti diggailee beatlesii aika paljon. Mitä sitten tulee itse levyyn on rubber soul aivan kulta-aikaa. Mulla menee kausittain se että onko lempparina RS, revolver vai sgt pepper. Kai tää on sellasta musaa johon itse päässään vertaa kaikkea länsimaista musaa. Toisinsanoen yksi niistä levyista jolla oma musamieltymys on kalibroitu määrittämään mikä on hyvää poprock-musaa. Toivottavasti muistatte kuunnella tän MONO-versiona. Jälkeenpäin tehty stereo kuulostaa sviddun oudolta. 5/5

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5

Listening as a kid, I seem to remember that (on vinyl) side one was better than side two. Still a nostalgia trip. Was initially going to give it a 4, but re-listening to the whole album, it's worth a 5.

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5

A great collection of great songs. One of the best Beatles albums all is bangingness from the higher temple of awesomeness.

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5

It's an interesting transitional album that shows the Beatles beginning to experiment in the studio with sounds like the sitar on Norwegian Wood. It's quite a groovy album on one hand but also quite folly elsewhere and generally there's a feeling of space thanks to the production. It's not perfect, but it is near the top of the pile for best album by the Beatles.

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5

To me this was the album where The Beatles went from being a band constantly drowned out by screaming, fainting girls while cranking out singles that had the word “love” in every bar, to a band with more sophisticated arrangements, drawing from more diverse influences like soul, English folk, and country, but still sounding like the Beatles and moving the mid-sixties music scene forward. I enjoy the 4 different vocalists. John's lyrics are getting darker, for the first time I think.

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5

I like how on the cover and John is always looking down at you regardless of where you hold it. This was released around my 5th birthday and Michelle got a lot of airplay. I remember someone who was six at the time running around the house singing "Michel Gravelle . . ."  It was a very influential album that brought the Beatles to their next level. I even have accolades for one of Paul's songs. Drive My Car is quite good and included Ringo doing some creative drumming that he usually saved for John's songs.  My favourites: Nowhere Man, In My Life, Girl and Norwegian Wood. There really aren't any songs not to like. OK, perhaps one exception. I recall when an  interviewer asked John about Run For Your Life and he said "I always hated that song". If he says so. On Girl, John put the capo on the 8th fret which is unheard of. Check it out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPYXC-CtU5A To top it off he plays a barre chord  that far up the neck which is near impossible. The only other song I know with a capo anywhere near that far up is Sound of Silence which has it at the 6th. 

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5

obvo i luv the beatles soz so

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5

My first Beatles album 142 albums in. Rubber Soul is their first masterpiece. Some all time great songs on here, in my life, say the word, drive my car, Norwegian wood. There are a couple of arguments not to give this a 5. 1. The Beatles albums that follow are better. 2. Run for you life is a terrible song. Even worse given Lennons history with his first wife. 1. Its not Rubber Souls fault that the Beatles went on to surpass it. If another band wrote this album argument 1. wouldn’t hold. 2. One bad song at the end of this album that can be skipped is outweighed by the other 13 brilliant songs. This album was so influential in 1965, Wikipedia states it influenced The Beach Boys, Velvet Underground, the Rolling Stones, The Who and The Kinks this is clearly an important album not only in the Beatles career but in the history of pop and rock music. Given the importance of this, that some of the greatest albums in history were soon to follow and influenced by this album, this fully deserves 5 stars.

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5

I feel like this is such an underrated album purely because of the heights the group reached with later releases. Martin’s production is perfection. The harmonies are so underrated putting then up there or perhaps beyond S&G and the Everly Brothers. With all the technology of today, I seriously doubt artists today could track to perfection what these guys did with their vocals.

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5

It's really hard to give a Beatles album less than 5 stars. Of course it makes it hard to rank them since I love Rubber Soul, but it's maybe my 5th favourite album of theirs? I know every song without having to listen to it and hearing them again is always a treat.

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5

Long been my favorite Beatles album. So many great songs in a tight 35 mins.

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5

SO GOOD!

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5

Rubber Soul was a great first time listen. It still amazes me as to how effortless The Beatles songwriting and musicianship feels. Quite literally each song on the record could have been a single. Beginning to see some of that psychedelic influence that was quite separate from their initial sound. But this was not so far removed that it still would have been palatable for those that fell in love with their original sound. Best: Drive My Car Worst: Run For Your Life

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5

One of many Beatles albums that will get a 5. It's just great, not much more to say.

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5

I have no idea how to rate a Beatles album. It's like rating oxygen. Yes this is essential. Do you like music? Then yes, you like this album.

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5

A masterpiece. Nearly every song is brilliant and the recording is great.

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5

Amazing. What else can be said really.

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5

Sans Rubber Soul, le 80% des albums de cette liste n'existeraient pas. Prefs: TOUT Moins pref: RIEN

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5

A transitional album for the Beatles - initially conceived by McCartney as a bunch of comedy songs (Rubber Soul is a spoof of the term Plastic Soul, Drive My Car is about a woman hiring a chauffeur despite not having a car), they couldn't help but expand their musical and lyrical pallets beyond anything done before. George invents psychedelia by using the Sitar on Norwegian Wood (The Rolling Stones take notes), John decides he's going to be Bob Dylan on as well, and self flagellates on Nowhere Man. Girl and Michelle show their love of European music and Paul writes one for the grannies with In My Life. This and Revolver feel like 2 sides of the same coin, and it's the most valuable coin you've ever heard.

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5

Listened to this album for the first time in many years. Truly great from start to finish. Perfect songwriting. Perfect harmonies.

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5

Uh, this was the easiest album to rate so far! Easy 5 stars. I think the more enjoyable rating game to play is not to rate this amongst the 1001 albums, but to consider how I'd rate it amongst The Beatles' full catalog. It'd STILL would be a 5 star album, depending on the day it's my fav Beatles album, with maybe Revolver, The White Album, and Abbey Road amongst the group that would rate as top depending on mood and last time I heard it.

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5

Such a great album. This was my first time listening to it all the way through as opposed to just a few of the songs on the album one-off.

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4

Perfect pop.

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4

What’s left to say about this album. A bunch of classic songs.

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4

The Beatles evolved a lot on this album, and the effort really paid off. Not a perfect album, but still very good.

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4

No co mam powiedzieć, zajebisty album, ale nie na 5 gwiazdek wedlug mnie

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4

Incredible songwriting, as you would expect. Only criticism is that a lot of the guitar tones sounds pretty weak - I'm guessing recorded straight into the desk. Some people like this aesthetic, but I feel better sounding guitars would have filled out the sound more. Still a great record, though.

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4

Has some really good songs, and overall the album is good. A nice sort of solo chill album. Not all the songs are zingers, but it is a nice length at 35 minutes.

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4

great album containing some of my favorite Beatles songs that don't make it on to their top hit albums. The album itself doesn't really have a running theme other than the usual overarching Beatles themes.

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Noniin, vihdoin Beatlesia. Olen kuullut aiemmin kaikkia bändin studiolevyjä, mutta kuuntelu on todella vahvasti keskittynyt kokoelmalevyihin. Kiinnostavaa siis kuunnella kokonaista albumia keskittyneesti. Laadukasta musiikkiahan tämä on, mutta valitettavasti keskinkertaisia täytebiisejä löytyy yllättävänkin paljon. Kokonaisuutena levy ei siis pidä otteessaan ihan niin hyvin kuin oletin ennakkoon. Toki levyltä löytyi myös "tuttuja" helmiä joiden olemassaolon olin ihan täysin unohtanut (esim. You Won't See Me, In My Life). Tämä Beatles-levy ei ole viiden tähden arvoinen, mutta ehkä niitäkin vielä tulee!

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4

Transported back in time. Some serious 60s vibes. Norwegian wood is as awesome as ever.

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4

not the greatest beatles albume but it slaps

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4

4.5

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- now this, i have heard - the riff in the word is niiiiiiice

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4

Loved it... it was nice to revisit something I forgot about.

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4

was cool

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pretty good, i guess it's not random so far as people on Reddit were also talking about it as their first pick. a lot of cheesy staff here but there are some thoughtful songs as well, can recommend certainly. a benchmark for the group and the genre fav tracks- Norwegian wood, my life, nowhere man, girl, i needed someone

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4

Okay. No big songs.

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4

Really enjoyable but not the best Beatles work but still very iconic

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Fröhlech wie immer vode Beatles, aber me Winter-Herbst Vibes ufne Art. Es hettmi itze nid blowt, aber uf jede Fall worth a listen.

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4

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4

Pop melódico. Bueno.

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Easy listenin'. Lots of harmonica, makes me feel like I could jam these songs on a porch with me friends on a summer night. I mean I can't, because I'm not the Beatles, but seems the most accessable of their albums. Also only 35min!

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4

Bitels

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4

Tres bon album! Je connaissais deja apres des dizaine d’ecoutes. 4.95*

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This one was really fun to read the wikipedia as each song played. Good music - 4 stars

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4

Sublime, lo disfrute mucho

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4

Overall solid album from the Beatles. Not to into boomer music but overall really like the first half of the album and thought it was overall a different sound from other Beatles albums. Idk though since I haven't listened to a lot of Beatles though

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4

Am I alone in saying that I don't think there's a single Beatles album that is strong all the way through? There always seems to be some filler lurking in the margins. But, of course, when they're on form the Beatles do no less than re-write the face of rock and roll. Some of the tracks here are untouchable. Aside from the fluff, the only things working against them are ubiquity and personal taste - I prefer the Beatles' most early incarnation, but here, as they transition to a more psych sound, they're still near the peak of their powers.

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I like this album. I was surprised that I didn't know more of these songs, but I would have guessed that all of them were the Beatles not having heard them before. I think my favorite was Michelle.

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4

Really liked this one! A lot more than the last Beatles album I listened to. Songs were a lot more catchier and I felt like they landed better will def revist a lot of songs from thus project. I also appreciate how short it is Fav tracks: drive my car, you won't see me, no where man!!!!, think for yourself, the word, Michelle, what goes on

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7

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Reminds me of my dad <3

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I beatles come al solito spaccano. bellino l'album e soprattutto c'erano poche canzoni famose quindi ne ho scoperte di nuove

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4

Yeah wonderful album. Kind of wild how short each song is. First thing I noticed and loved about the album was the positioning and panning of the instrumentation. Super awesome. Favorite track: In my life

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4

First time I’ve listened to a full actual non-compilation Beatles album. It was very good, these guys will go far

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4

A definite classic Beatles album, with some ridic songwriting in there. Tried to listen to this and therefore score it objectively (I pretended I was Ash listening to it for the first time) and it did make me think about it differently. It’s an album I know so well, but if I was trying to convince someone of the genius of the Beatles I probably wouldn’t choose this one, no matter how good I think it is. It’s quite poppy still, and doesn’t really push the envelope in the ways that albums like Revolver, Sgt Pepper or Abbey Road do.

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4

the definition of 60's pop rock!

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I’m not sure how i missed this - by rubber soul is one of the Beatles best albums. 4/5.

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4

Un gran album, destaca por las canciones que no son tan conocidas, para escuchar en un viaje mientras se canta.

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4

pop and fresh

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4

Ich hör Capital Bra wer sind die Beatles? Chillige mukke Hype gerechtfertigt.

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4

Great album

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4

Classic

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4

pretty darn good, glad I listened. a bit rapey at times but I likey

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4

Nice to listen to. Surprising how not dated this is.

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4

Heard it a million times before.

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4

Got some bangers on, and 'I'm Looking Through You' is easily one of my favourite Beatles tunes, so it's an easy 4/5.

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4

Not one I am particularly familiar. Good stuff though

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4

Done

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4

Pretty good. Has some standouts.

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4

Great album with some solid classics and no duds

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4

Oh wow the Beatles made a good album? They could at least be shit for a change smh

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Kada bih već rasporedio najbolje albume Beatlesa, ovaj album bi se svakako morao čuti, jer se nalazi u top 3 najboljih njihovih albuma. Lijepo melodičan album koji me često nekako vuče na jesen, po samom coveru? (boje možda). Odličan početak albuma sa pjesmom Drive My Car, potom ide Norwegian Wood koji je baš autumn mood. Divan instrumental, predivan štoviše. Općenito da ne dužim. Cijeli album je zabavan, lijep, radostan, melodičan i među najbolja u D Bitls katalogu.

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4

Great songs on there, but not my favorite beatles album.

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4

This was perfect for a Friday afternoon. I am not usually a huge Beatles fan, but this album really hit the spot. Short and simple, but a lot of catchy tunes on this one.

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4

Is very good. A good amount of influence from folk on top of the preestablished rock/pop. Includes favorites like In My Life, Michelle, If I Needed Someone, and Drive My Car.

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Most underrated beatles? Less maximalist, but still go it.

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Great song writers. You can hear them starting to transition from their Hard Days/Help style towards their Sgt. Peppers/Magical Mystery Tour style. Excellent transitional album. Especially love the harmony on Drive My Car. The "horn" harmonies. Fantastic. Norwegian Wood. Such an underrated song.

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4

Solid from top to bottom.

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creo que me gusto mas la primera mitad, que es un poco menos moñas cuando lo he empezado a escuchar me han dado ganas de hacerme falangista aunque ya se me ha pasado si a alguien le gusta la melodia de in my life, sunflowers - the orielles esta basada en una melodia muy parecida

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Buen disco de esta banda que está empezando a petarlo por liverpool

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4

Interesting. : )

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On the eve of my 42nd Birthday party I shoved 18 beetles up my bum. After a rather uncomfortable night, I jumped out of my bed and ran downstairs. All of the family were waiting, along with a film crew and a number of acclaimed art critics. They all sang Happy Birthday to me and I blew out each of the 42 candles on the cake. I ripped down my pants and fired those beetles directly into the faces of the audience. They gasped. I was awarded the Turner Prize.

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4

Good album

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It's the beatles!

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4

Um álbum bastante interessante e que marca a transição da sonoridade dos Beatles. Muito agradável e simples de ouvir. As músicas tornaram se mais complexas e mais interessantes e mais variadas. Nota: 7/10

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4

The Beatles are a classically popular band, and this album was great, but not my favorite of their collection. It was okay.

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4

This very much sounds like the album Oasis ripped off. Still focused on love but a different vibe musically. Not quite so jangly

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4

Good album, nice to see some music that defined the Beatles, and listen to so more tunes written by John. I didn't enjoy the album and its themes as much as I did Abbey Road so I'll leave this at a low 4.

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Bra. Men nog inte en femma. Vissa svaga låtar

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4

Everything comes together so well, with a few absolutely fantastic tracks. Not my favourite Beatles album but a classic still

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So I’m in the dull majority who like the Beatles, though the music is no longer in heavy rotation for me. I like this crossover period from pop to psychedelic: still punchy ditties almost all under 3 minutes. The latter half is a little heavy with upbeat but mopey lyrics in the “girl done me wrong” vein, capped (in the 2009 remaster the YouTube music offered up) with a catchy, charming countrified number about a man’s vow to stalk and kill his girlfriend for infidelity.

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I hate it.

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-"Beep Beep, Beep Beep, yeah" -The Beatles -In "Michelle" stupid idiot singer accidentally starts speaking French, the song is in ENGLISH, DUMB DUMB -I really like the synth riff thing in "I'm Looking Through You" I wish they used that sort of thing more -I like the bass riff in "The Word" even though it is only in my right ear. Also "Bird" is the word, not "Love" -It was all solid, Beatles-y music, but like nothing to poop your pants over

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4

Not their best, but some great songs on here. And then there's Run For Your Life.

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Well, one song on this album will be forever tainted for me, I guess, but the rest of it is just so solid, so good that I can't fault it. Can't believe this is the first Beatles album to be thrown up by the random generator either!

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Un album de qualité, bien que je n'eusse pas vraiment la chance de l'apprécier. J'étais trop occupé à brouillonner puis rédiger ma critique de Bad au même moment. Il y a quelques jours, j'ai vécu un moment très étrange et inquiétant pour la suite de notre aventure au sein de ce Générateur. Je vous explique. J'étais en train de boire du Glühwein dans un café-restaurant avec une amie lorsque celle-ci m'annonça qu'une personne allait nous rejoindre. Jusque-là rien d'anormal. Soudain, je ne sais pour quelle raison, je décidai d'introduire le Générateur à la discussion : 《 Et donc avec eltrapeze, on est sur le Générateur de Robert, mais les gens me confondent souvent avec lui parce que je m'appelle Robcremière, et donc comme je te disais... — Oh, voilà mon ami ! 》 La personne en question venait d'arriver, au moment exact où j'allais m'exprimer sur les défauts du Générateur. J'ai donc très rapidement soupçonné celle-ci d'avoir été envoyé par Robert en personne, lui qui a pour habitude d'envoyer toute sorte de gens dans toute sorte d'endroits. J'ai bien conscience d'être une des personnalités les plus influentes de ce Générateur, mais s'il y a bien quelque chose dont j'ai horreur, ce sont les espions. La suite de l'après-midi s'est déroulée simplement. Je n'ai pas adressé la parole à la personne m'ayant interrompu dans mon discours mais ai épié chacun de ses mots et mouvements. Vous serez les premiers informés si j'étais amené à faire de nouvelles découvertes.

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Still not a big fan of the Beatles, but found this album quite enjoyable.

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Amazing songwriting. So varied and creative.

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The Beatles at their midway point. Moving away from pure pop but not yet as self-consciously experimental as they would become. The best word to describe this would probably be playful.

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In my opinion, this is the first Beatles album that actually was good. The earlier ones are "fine" but haven't aged as well for me. Rubber Soul shows a few style choices that hint of what was to come. Norwegian Wood and Nowhere Man are my favs.

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4

A very good album, one I come back to frequently.

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Good

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Not my favorite Beatles album, but it's a solid transition album from their early stuff to their later REALLY good stuff. "Norwegian Wood" and "Michelle" remain personal favorites.

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Big moment in their discography obviously. Shame that the 2009 mixes that are available on Spotify are so weird.

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An evolution they took that I liked. Less bouncy and more harmony. I think how much I like this is based on how familiar it is, having been drilled into our heads forever. Hearing this today for the first time probably wouldn’t even make an impression.

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4

So many iconic Beatles songs on one album. Drive My Car, Norwegian Wood, Nowhere Man, Michelle, Girl, In My Life. Amazing.

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4

Good album, some songs drag but others are good. Probably a 3

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Many excellent songs on this, but that last song can go fuck itself.

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Very Good...but not the best of the Beatles.

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It's hard to give this album any rating lower than 4. It's great music and super easy to listen to, but it's not really a 5 for me and I don't know why.

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не ну это ш битлз, всё понятно чо

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The Beatle's 6th outing was quite successful, from influencing peers to even being named Rubber Soul to mean "Plastic Soul" because they didn't feel as genuine as the African-American soul artists they admired. This was definitely when they ventured into the world of drugs.

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Rubber Soul is bridging the gap between the early poppy and the late experimental Beatles. As such, we can find tunes like Drive My Car, which could have easily been published one or two year prior, and Norwegian Wood, a folky song that experiments with instruments like the sitar. There are some real Beatles classics here, like the aforementioned Drive My Car and Norwegian Wood, Michelle, and especially In My Life. Even though I much prefer their later material, this album never gets boring. It's a solid 4/5.

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So many classics. So streamlined and focused. They deserve the accolades that are heaped on them. Top tier legends.

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4

Great album.

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not my favourite beatles album, still solid would listen again

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Brilliant trippy LP cover for the transitional album bridging the early beat pop years and the later groundbreaking studio experimental albums. Love the funky chops, the pretty ballads and tight pop.

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This is the first Beatles album to come up and I've gotta say, there are better. It's wild to like 8 songs off an album and feel that way but it's the Beatles.

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The first Beatles album I’m rating. I never listened much to them, know their famous songs of course. But this album is great, it has a nice variety of songs. Favourite songs: - Drive my car - Michelle - I’m looking through you

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Ei haluaisi liikaa haippaa, mut on sille syy miksi Beatlesilla on näin monta levyä tällä listalla. Tällä levyllä nappaa esim. Drive my car:n kertsin pianot ja Nowhere Man. 4/5 taattua tavaraa

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Harmittaa kyllä että en oo aiemmin kuunnellu tätä. About kaikki biisit oli just sitä hyvää beatlesiä.

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Good but not their best

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9/10 Best track - Nowhere Man

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One of the interesting things about having to rest during Covid is that I actually sat and listened to this album *without doing anything else*. I haven’t done that with an album in a long time. Really a different experience than listening to music while doing other activities, even driving. An album of its time, in some ways that aren’t amazing. But when the album shines, it shines bright. “Run for Your Life” and all its “little girl”s is pretty irritating in its typical 60s music discourse about women. But I do actually really like the song “Girl”—the Greek style of the song saves it for me. And In My Life and Norwegian Wood are brilliant and favorites and always lovely to listen to.

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Lol! It's a biggie this one. Almost every track is famous and culturally significant. This is Beatles in transition from boyband to transcendent gurus. There are albums I like better than this but this is probably their most accessible.

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A well-rounded album in its entirety. Except for the last song, which I do not care for.

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I like it. Didn't know that's the album those songs were from

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p79. 1965. 4 stars Loveable 60s mop tops discover illicit substances, and expand minds and song writing potential. This is the departure point from covers and 3 minute pop gems - you can hear the cross-pollination between Dylan and The Byrds. It's Lennon-McCartney-Harrison, so there are more stone cold classics on this one album than most bands manage in a career. Docked a point for What Goes On, and the production which haven't aged well. This album is a bit like sex - when it's good, it's terrific, and when it's bad, well, it's still good.

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They really were good, weren’t they?

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Great album.

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4/5

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Very good album. The Beatles are pretty good at what they do I think. I only don't give this a 5 star rating to enrage Jack

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Great easy listening album full of jolly folly songs. Hard not to like it

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inte deras bästa

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Not their best

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Will admit I know a bit more about the Beatle's personal life than their music, despite learning to play Hey Jude as my first contemporary song on the piano, and so it's been a journey listening to their albums. Revolver is my favorite album and now Rubber Soul is my second. Such a fun and experimental album compared to songs like ‘Help” or “Hey Jude.” Standout Songs: Drive My Car, Michelle, You Won't See Me

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This is probably the Beatles album I'm least familiar with, so I found myself pleasantly surprised by how strong the songwriting is here. Not too many fancy instrumental tricks or experimental styles, just good instrumentation and lyricism executed to a T with genuine feeling.

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Fine, nothing sprung out at me though

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This didn't change my overall opinion of the Beatles, and didn't blow my mind as a new high point. My most recent listen of Sgt. Pepper's is several years old now, but I still prefer that more conceptual work as well as the noisier territory the boys occasionally visited. On the other hand, hearing a trim album full of trim but great pop songs is nice. The version streaming suffers a bit from the mixing strategy of putting all of a given instrument in one channel, which is a bit annoying.

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gets real weird at the end there

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Good start and end, bit one paced at points

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Rock'n'Roll Good Vibe Music / Dance

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I’ve always dismissed the Beatles as only being liked because they were the first to do something, because I don’t think originality means good. But listening to this and then reading up on the history of the album and the influences I gotta say I don’t hate it. It’s still not really my cup of tea, but I respect it. I like that they didn’t really make an album around a couple singles, but made it where the whole album has the same quality. Anyways this ain’t bad and I will stop talking so much shit about them, but not completely.

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Pretty underwhelming considering they're the fucking Beatles. It's still good, but it's no Sargant Peppers' or The white album.

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First Beatles album, I listened to back to back. I enjoyed "Drive my car", "Girl" and "I'm looking through you". Overall better than anticipated.

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An enjoyable time with The Beatles today, can't hate Norwegian Wood and I love that it's starting to be a more experimental Beatles record! A lot of bangers on this one, like Drive My Car, and You Won't See Me!

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It was good. Really short.

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In myyyyyy life I LOVE YOU MOREEEE

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it’s getting ... boring. personally I believe they coulda been just fine without making this album really nothing special

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Fun listen. Not too many hits that I recognized and that's just fine. I have a feeling I'm going to like the late era Beatles more than the early stuff.

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Different from my expectations. The songs are still pop-ish, but have a variety of perspectives on love and involve a lot of musical experimentation.

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Easy listening

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Don't know a lot about the Beatles, but this is a good album, knew 1 or 2 songs, but overall it has some great melodies and interesting grooves. Solid but nothing spectacular.

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Not my favorite Beatles album, but still the Beatles.

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Alles drin, was erwartet wurde. Man kennts.

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Sup y’all it’s Chanclas Batman a.k.a. Chanclas checkin in and checking out “Rubber Soul”. Beatles were dope, there is no getting around it (except for Lennon) but not enough bangers on this album to stand out as a perfect or close to “perfect album” in my mind. Although I doubt it’s the last we’ll hear of the Beatles in our journey down this rabbit hole. till next time ya filthy animals. Saved 3/14 tracks. Stand out tune: Girl

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For the record, I don't think The Beatles' music is shit, I just think they are overrated, cheesy and sound a bit dated. Torn between a 3 and a 4.

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Norjalainen villapaita on tietty se tämän levyn ehdoton helmiäinen, mutta muuten ei mitään järisyttävää. Tämä oli vielä aikaa ennen niitä kaikista happoisimpia Beatles-juttuja. Sellainen siirtymävaiheen levy, vähän vielä poikabändibiisejä, mutta vokaalit ehkä jo vähän rouheampia.

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I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Standout track... In my life.

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I liked this album more than I was expecting to. Songs are short and enjoyable, all an easy listen, no clear bangers but underrated in terms of all of the Beatles music Saved: Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown), In My Life

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Rubber Soul was never a favorite of mine growing up, but some of that stems from the fact that my family owned the American version, not the superior British version. Another reason is that Rubber Soul is hugely influenced by the folky scene of the time, not really my favorite genre--and I don't much care for the Beatles' take on it. I never could warm to Michelle (sappy) or Girl (I loathe doowop, even though that's the basis of much of Motown & Philly soul). What Goes On In Your Mind is a throwaway. The Word is too on the nose for me. I don't even like Norwegian Wood, which I find sing song-y. I realize this puts me in squarely in the contrarian camp--Michelle and Norwegian Wood have collectively been covered hundreds of times, which doesn't happen by accident. And while it's true that Rubber Soul was a huge evolutionary step in rock at the time, I refuse to evaluate it on that basis. More to the point for me, at least in this context is, how does it play now? Fortunately, there are a number of first-rate tunes on Rubber Soul. Drive My Car is pretty much a perfect pop song, with it's relentless forward motion, monster hooks, short and snappy instrumental breaks, and welcome sense of humor. So much so, that it was still getting significant airplay alongside contemporary music a quarter of a century after it came out. You Won't See Me, Nowhere Man, I'm Looking Through You, In My Life, and If I Needed Someone are also standouts. The three part harmonies are killer throughout Rubber Soul. The fuzz bassline on Think For Yourself is a great touch. Many folks have a problem with the lyrics of Run For Your Life, but I think they're great, nailing the inner life of an angry misogynistic creep typical of the era. So, how to rate? Again, I'm probably underrating this, but I'll give it 3.5/5 stars.

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Norwegian wood and michelle were definitely my favorites

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Fine, probably wouldn’t listen again. Some songs more interesting than others, you can tell this is a transition between them becoming a more experimental and influential band.

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Not my favourite. I'd rather just listen to hits than 1 or 2 songs I like and and a bunch of misses

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Norvidžan vud s glazbenog brt.

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This encompasses what I like about the Beatles - funky, upbeat bops with excellent harmonies. However none of the songs are super notable.

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Not my first time: 7/14 sings liked You can't shake the wonder of if they knew music theory and had their ears enjoy such things as modular scales and key ambiguity, or if they were just idiots that can hear music well. Such is the case, this album is extremely mature for them, and after years of listening to it for the first time, glad to know my taste stayed the same LOL. 7 songs saved

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ddguuhghhgs gthghhehheeh dsuurrryrsduysyu john lennon fhhhfhfhfhfghfjfjfjghfgfj the beeeatles favorite track : wait

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ehh its a beatles song. makes me want to beat my wife

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Meh. They have better albums

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It's The Beatles man. It's fun ya know? Not super my thing.

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Has the Beatles sound, but otherwise nothing special. A decent album at best.

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My first beatles album and it was pretty much what I expected

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A Beatles album without any of their notable singles on it. Going into this, I know it is highly regarded, but am otherwise unsure of what to expect. Side 1 of the album flew by. Very consistent. Very nice harmonies. Good songs. No weak tracks, but nothing massively stands out either, except Drive My Car which is catchy but a bit of a novelty track. Side 2 is a bit more mellow, gentle and downbeat. Still quite good, but doesn't sound massively interesting or innovative in 2021. I liked it, but I didn't love it. I suspect it is regarded more for its influence rather than as a stand alone piece. Judging it without that context, based solely on how much I enjoyed it, I'm maybe a little underwhelmed. 3/5.

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I've always thought of Rubber Soul as being the end of "old beatles" before Revolver kicked it up a gear.

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Not a bad time, but weaker than other Beatles albums I've heard

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just not the best beatles album. its got 4 belters and the rest is all very nice and that but just never a song i would actively choose to listen to. they are however the highest quality filler songs you'll ever hear, they're undeniably the beatles, well written, perfomed and recorded, they're just meh. clearly this is all before the beatles got intersting.

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I have never heard the majority of these songs for good reason.

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First Beatles album, I listened to back to back. I enjoyed "Drive my car", "Girl" and "I'm looking through you". Overall better than anticipated.

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An okay album, but not particularly exciting. Simple songs, some of them catchy.

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While this classic album suffers from some low moments ("What Goes On"), the highs are incredible ("Norwegian Wood"). Clearly, one of the best albums from The Beatles.

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Mid-60s Beatles. Pre-Pepper Pop! It’s good, but I’m not a Beatles fan.

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Ok

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Liked it

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Maybe I am bias of the Beatles but I never understood Beatlemania I understand the importance of there music and how wonderfully crafted some of there songs are but as a whole can’t strike me with the same passion as other artist not to mention the Beatles were catered to a a type of people I am not. Over all this was genuinely enjoyable

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Some songs were quite cringe in 2021

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Meh

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The Beatles nailed their sound, and it is interesting enough, but it is hard listening for the first time in 2021 to imagine how it sounded at the time of its release, and im sure it loses so of its impact for that.

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I’m not a massive fan. It was fine.

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3/5 not one of their better albums

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Meh

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I'm sick of the beatle

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A pretty patchy collection of songs. Many timeless but a few showing their age.

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its a yikes for me on that last one john

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Fine, lots of classic songs. Not one that I'll pull out to listen to on my own.

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Not one of their best but a decent album anyway.

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not a beatles person 🤷

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What's not to like. Even if you don't like a tune, they are super short so it's over before you know it.

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Decent Beatles. Sounds basic but that’s because they made the sound lol

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There are time-tested songs on this album--Norwegian Wood, In My Life, Michelle--but overall this is a album from its era. Listening to songs like Run For Your Life can be harsh in 2022 as an example of the worst of the era. The acoustic guitars and sitar still ring of flower power freedom. The elements of the best of the Beatles are here but the same is true of all the problematic elements.

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It's an OK album. It's hard to get anyone to be honest about the Beatles. It's definitely the beginning of their transition out of the brit pop and into more experimental albums. It feels much less single oriented, but the album doesn't feel like a full concept to me. Also, John Lennon is a piece of shit and caps the album off with a song warning an ex that if he sees her with another man he will kill her. That's the end, little girl.

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Yes please. A sold Beatles album.

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Eipä tämä levy mitään ihmeitä tarjonnut, mutta biisien ja levyn lyhyt kesto edesauttoi kivuttoman kuuntelukokemuksen kanssa. 3* vähän överi mutta 2' taas liian vähän.

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Quite the album to come up as my first, and one I hadn't explored heavily. First two tracks are incredible and Michelle has an interesting opening but there's a bit of a blues-pop oriented lull in the middle, and the reason I'm more fond of The Beatles' later work. Nowhere man is pleasing on the ears, In My Life is a great song but not much else really stands out.

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Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Not my favourite Beatles Album, Drive My Car is good tho

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beatles innit not my fave really, surprised this one made it in

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Idk I just don't think I like the Beatles that much

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Not changed my mind about the Beatles. Liked the Ringo song best.

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I get that the beatles are iconic and all but I just don't like them

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Habe den Eindruck da waren Drogen im Spiel. Für mich ein Pluspunkt. Lieblingstrack ist Nowhere Man. Im Großen und Ganzen ganz nice. Aber nichts auf Dauer. Habe noch nie ein Beatles Album KOMPLETT gehört bis dato. Nice to have. 3*

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A lot on here I hadn’t heard. A few classics, but many blubbers a resolute tune. Usually a few listens wins me over

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Unquestionably one of the Beatles' albums of all time

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Gumowa dusza, czyli kolejne pojawienia sie beatelsow na liscie albumikowej, tym razem jest to album troche bardziej powazny niz with the, ale nie jest to jeszcze peak kunsztu beatelsowego, slychac ze albumik tworzony po powrocie po pierwszej trasie koncertowej po hameryczce, jak wskazuje nazwa czuc inspiracje muzyka soulowa czarnej hameryczki z domieszka dylanowskiego folka, ale jako ze chrzaszcze sa biale, wiec soul jest gumowy, podobnie bylo z bowim i jego mlodymi hamerykanami, slychac takze zalazki psychodelicznych klimatow jakie rozwina sie na kolejnych albumikach, bo po hameryczce chyba zaczeli sie szprychowac lsd, jesli dobrze pamietam, wiekszosc kompozycji to typowo popowe milosne baladowanie, wiec klasyka gatunku, ale z drugiej strony pojawiaja sie juz bardziej koncepcyjne traki jak nowhere man, czyli opowiesci psychodeliczne przegranca lenona, oparte na gitarkowych brzdakaniach, zwlaszcza na akustyku, nie ma tu juz koverow znanych kawalkow, wiec widac poczatki konceptowania albumowego, a nie tylko wydawania singli, na plejke wrzuce nowhere mana i love songa if I needed someone

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Pas ce que je préfère chez les bitle

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Kind of too old and the numbers are all very similar.

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Does almost nothing for me. Favorite songs are probably 'Girl' and 'Wait'.

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Mediocre at best, not a slog but definitely not great

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Boring

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one okay song

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nope

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Never been a big Beatles fan... This album didn't change anything...

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Still no

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No es un álbum que haya captado mi atención

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Unremarkable.

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Don't understand the appeal, perfectly passable songs but nothing life changing ('Girl' is my favourite but a lot are quite dreary and don't say much) Maybe I need a pop music historian to tell me why they are so good. Compare it to Dylan's Highway 61 released in the same year and they are in different stratosphere.

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kk slecht

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I am not into Beatles

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That's gonna be a no for me dawg.

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ich finds echt net gut, wollte auch mal den "ganzes Beatles album gehört haben" - Award haben, habs ebr ned gschafft. Finds nicht gut d.h. jeden der Beatles gut findet, finde ich nicht gut. nix an den ist gut. vielleicht ok. dass die so berühmt geworden sind hätte uns zeigen sollen dass die zivilisierte welt nicht funktioniert und wir wieder auf bäume klettern und mit scheisse werfen sollten. der aufstieg der beatles war der untergang der moral. die haben nichts für die gesellschaft oder musik getan. nichts. hauptsachen irgendwelche bummer sagen dann, naja dmals war das richtig cool. tipp: wenn die ganze welt irgendwas cool finder kann es nicht cool sein. wenn deine musik im radio läuft oder fersehberichte drüber laufen ists vorbei. 1*

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The worst Beatles album so far, and kinda creepy in a bad way

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The Beatles are no doubt iconic to many before me and likely influence some brilliant bands - I just don't get it. Up beat sounding music with a really dreary boring AF voice singing love songs that sound like he's trying to put you to sleep... Likely so he can do what he sings about in the final song. Won't listen again. Best part about this album - it only lasted for around half an hour!

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Fuck the Beatles. Not listening to their garbage

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a fav for first album~

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10/10

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Loved it

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4/5

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My favourite Beatles album by a really really long way. Came out 3 years before bookends by s&g and contains just as many sensitive, beautifully written acoustic tracks. The highlights of the album are easily norwegian wood, nowhere man and in my life (one of the greatest songs ever written). drive my car is a fucking awful album opener and makes me want to kill myself every time I hear it so minus one point for that but every other track is near perfect.

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