(All Album Reviews by Constable Hogweed)
Some of you may umm and ahhh, at this suggestion for a prog album so please let me explain. No of course it's not a prog album in the traditional sense or even the experimentations of Revolver ("Tomorrow never knows") or even the classic Sgt. Pepper, But it was the first album that the Beatles released as serious songwriters with subjective views and indeed the angst of Paul McCartney...yup you read that right folks. In 1964 Paul wrote a beautiful love song called "And I love her " dedicated to his then girlfriend Jane Asher. By 1965 Paul had discovered cynicism and wasn't afraid to write about it, "I'm looking through you" on Rubber Soul was the result with Paul being in angry mood and telling it how it was.....the classic case of the romance of a relationship wearing off and....where do we go from here? Nice one Macca.
John's "Norwegian wood" was a song that displayed the new found Beatles confidence in writing in a style that wasn't teeny style. More woody and flutey in style and supposedly recalled a stolen kiss and...more from Lennon while he was still with Cynthia....The Beatles in 1965 were certainly breaking some barriers down.
George Harrison popped up with one of my favourite Beatles songs of all time. "If I needed someone" pointed the way to the hippydom that the Beatles were beginning to embrace...a typical Harrison guitar feature but with lyrics that were at a place where The Beatles wanted to be...less of the pop pap and more of the feelings of the individual members. John's "In my life" more than showed this change....a reflective song that showed John at his lyrical best (at the time). All in all, this was the first Beatles album to show a definite change and an attitude that said....we are now writing for ourselves...hope you like it. We all did.
Rating 5 out of 5 for an album that broke down barriers lyrically which was only displayed by Bob Dylan in 1965. (Oh and The Beatles owe this album very much so to Dylan).....believe me.