Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Beatles - The Beatles (aka The White Album)

This is the album you make when you, as a band, can't stand each other. Lennon and McCartney actually worked separately on this album, recording tracks without even speaking to each other. McCartney even took over some of George and Ringo's duties when he didn't like the way they played his songs. Oh, and I think it needs to be mentioned that this is where Yoko Ono really started influencing John (as heard on the abysmal "Revolution 9"). This is the sound of a band falling apart, and even though it features some very good tracks, it's hard to love this one as much as The Beatles' other albums. In many ways, the white album exposes a lack of focus and cooperation, which is part of the reason it's a two album set instead of a single tight disc. Don't get me wrong, I love "Glass Onion," "Happiness is a Warm Gun," "Helter Skelter," and a lot of the other tracks on this album. It's just that the infighting you hear in this album never stops breaking my heart. If the greatest band in history can't get along, what hope do we mere mortals have?

Baleeted? No. Because Beatles.

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