"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" Album ReviewAlpha101 Before I even start this, let me tell you that, yes, this album is incredible. I love it almost more than life itself, and it's always been my favorite album. Whenever I find an album that I love so much, such as this, "Blood on the Tracks" by Bob Dylan, or "Houses of the Holy" by Led Zeppelin., I rarely listen to it, because if one listens to an album too often, it looses its magic. This happened to me when I listened to "Master of Puppets" by Metallica too many times. I used to love Metallica, but now I have to force myself to listen to them. They're undoubtedly a great band, but I've just lost my love for them. I rarely listen to this album, because I never want it to lose it's meaning. Last time I listened to it, whenever it got to "A Day in the Life," I'm not ashamed to say that I cried a little bit. Not a lot of other albums can do that to me, so that should say something. Now that I got all of this out of the way, let's get on with the review, shall we?
The title track opens the album perfectly. It's a fun, quirky little song, and it's very fun to sing and bob your head to. Once I heard this song, I knew that this album would be different from all of their other ones, and I was not wrong, or disappointed.
"With a Little Help From My Friends" is a lot like the title track. It's a lot more laid back than some of the Beatles' other works, and I love that. It's a very memorable song, and it's among the best on the album.
"Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" is a beautifully trippy song. John's voice goes great with the song, and it's the main reason why the song sounds so distorted and haunting. Whether it talks about his addiction to LSD (which is obviously is), or about a drawing made my a child, it's a fantastic track.
"Getting Better" is a very catchy and melodic tune, like most on the album. Not much to say about it, but it's very enjoyable to listen to.
"Fixing a Hole" is probably the weakest track on the album. The song itself isn't weak, for it's still a great song, it's just not up to par with the other songs. Great, but it's not deserving of the title "awesome."
"She's Leaving Home" is the second best song on the entire album. John and Paul perform an amazing duet, and they compliment each other's voices perfectly. It tells about two parents who wake up, and find that their precious daughter is gone. The girl ran away because she felt neglected by her parents. Her parents don't know why she ran away, and start coming up with reasons on why they are such good parents. It's truly a masterpiece of a song.
"Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite" is another trippy and wacky song. You can tell that the song was influenced greatly by drug usage, and that's not a bad thing. The whole song is a mess, and that's what makes it so special.
"Within You Without You" is another song that I love to sing along to. It's not as impressive as a few of the other songs on the album, but it's still a very impressive song.
"When I'm Sixty-Four" was a nice breath of fresh air for the album. Most of the songs were either drug inspired, trippy, or both, but this one was very calm and beautiful. It's probably my third favorite off of the album, and McCartney certainly shined on this track.
"Lovely Rita" is another beautiful song. It's not amazing, but it's special in its own way. That's pretty much all I have to say about it.
"Good Morning, Good Morning" is a very happy sounding track, and probably my favorite song to sing along to. My only gripe with the song is that it kind of feels out of place in this album. It would have sounded much better if it was placed near the beginning of the album, but it's a minor grievance. Fantastic song!
Finally, "A Day in the Life" comes to mind. This song is easily the Beatles' best song, in my opinion. John does so good in this song, and the story is told so vividly that I can actually see it happening as the song winds on. The last few seconds of the song are some of the best seconds in Beatles history. It's a fantastic song to close with album with, and it leaves me wanting more, so I then press the rewind button, and start listening to the lyrics of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" one again.
I've never come across a perfect album in my lifetime. Well, that all changed whenever I first heard this album. While some songs are stronger than others, each are beautiful in their own way, and if I ever had to chose an album to listen to before I died, I would pick this one without hesitating. It's a work of art that needs to be experienced by everyone who claims that they are a lover of music. If you haven't heard this album, then do so as soon as you can. It will change your life. If it doesn't, then consider calling your local doctor soon, for you might be losing your hearing.
10/10 - Perfect album.
I saw Paul McCartney live about a month ago. He performed Mr. Kite and Lovely Rita.
Funny, Fixing a Hole might be my favourite song on that album, after Day in the Life. - PetSounds
Agree with you completely except for Fixing A Hole. Fixing A Hole is simple and has unorthodox-beatles simple lyrics. It is great to sing along to. - jmepa1234