"Abbey Road" Album Review

Alpha101
This is easily the Beatles' most recognizable and liked album. The album artwork, which shows the band walking down a street, is one of the most well-known images in music history. Many claim that this was the Beatles at their best, and that it was their last truly great album. I'll be the judge of that.

"Come Together" is about each of the band members, which, to me, is an awesome way to start off the album. It quickly gives a description of each member, and has a catchy tune, and is one of the most recognizable songs in rock history. This is one of the strongest tracks on the album, and one of my favorites by the band.

"Something" starts off slowly, but when things pick up, it didn't fail to spark a reaction from me. I smiled and started nodding along to the vocals, and humming along to the slow, but beautiful solo about three quarters into the song. It's not a very strong track, but it is a good song.

"Maxwell's Silver Hammer" is possibly the most happy song about murder ever written. Seriously, just examine the lyrics without listening to the song, then turn the song on. You will still find yourself singing along. It's just really likable and crisp sounding, and one of the catchiest songs in the Beatles' already impressive catalogue.

"Oh! Darling" is another song that I've always knew, but never realized that it was sung by the Beatles. I mean, seriously, Paul does such a good job on this one that I couldn't even recognize his voice! About halfway through the song, he starts yelling, just to break the song back down again, and combine his smooth and silky voice with raspy growls, which is the main thing that I love about this song.

"Octopus's Garden" is my favorite song on the album, and is probably in my top five favorite Beatles songs. Blasphemy, you say! Come on now, it is ridiculously catchy, and has some very well-written lyrics. It's one of the most atmospheric songs that I've had the pleasure to listen to, and that's what makes it one of my favorites.

"I Want You (She's So Heavy)" starts off slow and bluesy, but then quickly breaks down into a very dirty, and even scary, sound, and then quickly goes back to being slow and catchy, and vice-versa. It's one of the most diverse songs on the album, and is one of my favorites.

"Here Comes the Sun" is another one of my favorites on the album, and is in my top five Beatles songs as well. It's one of the most happy-sounding and enjoyable songs in history. I mean, seriously, if you're having a bad day, just turn this one on, and you'll immediately begin to smile, and even shed a few tears to how beautiful this song is. It's a perfect song, and there's not one single negative thing that I can say about it.

"Because" is a pretty good song, and a nice breath of fresh air for the album. It's not one of my favorites, but I thought that it was a clever addition, and it really got me ready for the next song.

"You Never Give Me Your Money" is probably my least favorite on the album. It's not a bad song, but it just feels out of place with the rest of the songs on the album, and feels unnecessary.

"Sun King" simply blew my mind whenever I first heard it. I've always really felt like this song would have been better off on "Revolver" than it would be on this album. I mean, it's soothing, relaxing, and even sounds a little trippy, to me. I also love the reference to "Here Comes the Sun." I thought that was really clever.

"Mean Mr. Mustard" is probably the most whimsical on the album, and is one of the best on the record. It does a great job of illustrating a story for the listener, and it does a fantastic job of leading into the next song.

"Polythene Pam" is whimsical and uplifting, like the song above. It is also incredibly catchy. While it wasn't exactly a great song, it's still pretty freaking good, and was still a nice contribution to the album. It, too, does a great job of leading into the song to come.

"She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" has an enjoyable opening, and was a pretty catchy song. That's all that there really is to say about it. It's not bad, but it isn't as strong as many of the tracks above.

"Golden Slumbers" is a short, but sweet song. It's a nice addition, has great lyrics, and is catchy. What's not to like?

"Carry That Weight" is one of my favorites on the album. It's just really catchy and memorable, and is impossible not to sing along to.

"The End" is a very energetic and lively track, and is another pretty good song by the band.

"Her Majesty" is, surprisingly, one of my favorites by the band. It's really short, as it is less than thirty second long, but during those seconds, he tells such a beautiful and relatable story. it did a perfect job of closing the album.

I can see why many claim that this is the band's best album, though it is not, in my opinion. There's not really any cons about this album that I can think of, only that I didn't enjoy it as much as "Sgt. Pepper" or "Revolver," though those albums did have a lot more time to grow on me, so it might be a little unfair. Nevertheless, it is undeniable that this is one of the band's best, and one of my favorites, and that it's a nearly-perfect album, one that will stand the test of time.

9.8/10 - Great Album

Comments

Whaat? You Never Give Me Your Money was one of my favorites! I think the ending is really haunting, and the beginning is real jazzy. You're right that it doesn't quite feel right on the album, but I do really like it nonetheless.


Great review! - keycha1n

You two are killing me. The transition from "Because" into "You Never Give Me Your Money" is perfect. - PetSounds

It had a lot of different elements, I can see why he thought it felt odd.

Plus, I always confuse it with Golden Slumbers (I think). - keycha1n

I enjoyed reading your review. Very well-written with some excellent observations - Billyv

This was always my favorite Beatles Album since I first heard it! Great review by the way! - visitor

Believe it or not, the guy singing "Oh! Darling" is Paul. He fooled me at first too. No wonder you couldn't recognize John's voice! - PetSounds

Good point. I thought it was Paul, checked it and messaged that to the post's creator. - Billyv

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