The Beatles - Abbey Road
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  • Abbey Road has some of The Beatles' most well known songs and, in my opinion, some of their best
  • Don't get me wrong here, the music is far from boring and is great, but the vocals are even better, on this record at least
  • I really enjoyed how each member sang lead on at least one track, and they all sounded good on their particular track, but I also enjoyed the two songs which incorporated three way harmonies of Harrison, McCartney, and Lennon, as well as the one track where all four members sing together - creating a very full sound
  • Although I think that Lennon might've been better suited to sing more of the aggressive parts on this song, McCartney still sounds very good
  • There isn't one track on this album that I would consider weak, there are some songs that I would say are just solid, but no just flat-out weak songs


    • by Grimmy101
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      Overview - Abbey Road, The Beatles’ penultimate effort, is a very nice collection and mix of tracks which compliment each other very nicely - particularly on the second half of the record where transitions from song to song just flow very well. Abbey Road has some of The Beatles’ most well known songs and, in my opinion, some of their best. The music on this album is great and has a lot of creative sections, but the vocals are just excellent - from each member even. Abbey Road showcases the talents of each musicianship as well as how well they come together to craft brilliant songs.

      The Music - To be honest, the music on this record is great but I personally really focused more on the vocals. Don’t get me wrong here, the music is far from boring and is great, but the vocals are even better, on this record at least. The band tries some pretty creative things on this album and since it’s so varied, you’ll get to hear fast, slow, energetic, mellow, hypnotic, prominent, background, etc. As good as the music is, the vocals steal the show.

      The Lyrics And Vocals - First off, some of the songs have some great lyrics to them, particularly the opening track, and even just some great individual lines. Like the music, the lyrics were also quite varied and ranged from more dark sounding lyrics to more childish lyrics. But now, the main focus of this album, for me, was the vocals. I really enjoyed how each member sang lead on at least one track, and they all sounded good on their particular track, but I also enjoyed the two songs which incorporated three way harmonies of Harrison, McCartney, and Lennon, as well as the one track where all four members sing together - creating a very full sound. You’ll have to listen to see, but the vocal performance on this album is top notch - from every member.

      The Tracks -

      1. Come Together - Excellent opening song and just a great song overall, one of my favorite Beatles’ songs in their entire career. Lennon’s lyrics and vocals are just excellent throughout this whole song and fits the music perfectly. The chorus builds up pretty abruptly and randomly, but surprisingly, it works very very well. Harrison’s solos in this song aren’t anything too special but they’re a nice break from the rest of the song - which is extremely steady in it’s mood, really not changing at all, in speed, attitude, delivery, or anything. However, don’t take this as a sign that the track gets boring because it doesn’t at all. Brilliant work.

      2. Something - Yet another excellent song, I’m truly surprised it wasn’t written with at


      least some contribution by Lennon or McCartney, but rather written solely by Harrison. Up til now I’ve always thought his compositions were pretty good and I enjoyed his influence of Indian music, but I must say this has to be one of the, or the absolute, best composition Harrison has written in The Beatles. Just great vocal performance by Harrison and a nice touch with the strings and organ, yet another great song for this record.

      3. Maxwell’s Silver Hammer - Maxwell’s Silver Hammer has a much more light-hearted and playful mood, despite the lyrics, to it compared to the first two tracks on this album, but then again with McCartney writing and singing it, I’m not all that surprised. Although this doesn’t mean the song isn’t bad, not at all actually. McCartney’s voice on this track is very fitting to the mood and I really could only imagine him singing on this track, I certainly couldn’t imagine Lennon singing this. Overall it’s not a bad song but it really doesn’t compete with Come Together or Something.

      4. Oh! Darling - Musically the song is very simple but the way that it fits together is perfect, McCartney’s bassline on this song really holds it together well also. The vocal performance on this song is actually pretty impressive for the most part. Although I think that Lennon might’ve been better suited to sing more of the aggressive parts on this song, McCartney still sounds very good. Coming out of more of a playful song such as Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, Oh! Darling is a nice change of pace and also showcases McCartney’s versatility in his vocals. Yet another good song.

      5. Octopus’s Garden - Well since all the other Beatles sung lead on at least one track so far, Ringo was next. Although Starr just isn’t as good of a vocalist as the other three Beatles, due to limited range, he actually sounds pretty fitting on this song. The lyrics are very light-hearted and meant to be childish which gives the song a bit of a playful mood to it. Not an amazing track, but also not a weak one and definetley worth at least listening to.

      6. I Want You (She’s So Heavy) - After coming out of one of the most childish Beatles songs I’ve ever heard, this song is quite a big contrast. The opening riff actually sounds extremely dark, and although the vocals don’t really continue this mood, it was a very very different sound compared to Octopus’s Garden. I will say that there really aren’t any unique or even changing lyrics to carry this song - in fact the whole song relies on two lines only. Despite this, the song is pretty interesting musically, especially ...


      • towards the end where the main riff is played almost hypnotically. While the first five songs to open this record were primarily carried by vocals, this track is really carried more musically for me.

        7. Here Comes The Sun - After I Want You (She’s So Heavy) which sounded pretty dark, or at least darker than anything that came before it, The Beatles place a much happier sounding song after it, probably a good choice. Just as on Something, Harrison has another strong vocal performance and is able to carry the song with his more positive sounding lyrics. Although not quite as epic sounding as Something, I have to say this is another one of Harrison’s better compositions.

        8. Because - Excellent vocal harmony on this song. So far, the previous tracks demonstrated how good each member could sound singing on their own - Because is the song which combines it all and creates a great harmony. The music backing the voices is actually quite good as well, but when you have Harrison, McCartney, and Lennon doing a three part harmony, it’s difficult to focus on anything other than their vocals. The way the music mixes with the vocal delivery creates a very hypnotic sounding song which passes by very quickly. Easily the most melodic song so far on this record, but also a great song to showcase how well Harrison, McCartney, and Lennon sound together.

        9. You Never Give Me Your Money - This track really shows the versatility in McCartney’s voice as he shifts between sounding very mellow in the first bits of this song to singing with a bit more of attitude as it progresses on. Harrison’s and Lennon’s guitarwork also compliment each other nicely and work very well towards the second half of the song. There’s a lot of different changes in this song and different parts which is nice but it isn’t a song that I praise extremely highly on this album.

        10. Sun King - Just like on Because, Sun King features the same three way harmony of Harrison, McCartney, and Lennon which produces a very hypnotic sounding song. The track does take a bit of time to start up, but the instrumental intro does set up the mood pretty well for when the vocal delivery comes in. Not a lot of lyrics on this song either, although this track actually has some lyrics in different languages, although they make no sense at all, which is a creative twist. Feels similar to Because just due to the great hypnotic harmony.

        11. Mean Mr. Mustard - Mean Mr. Mustard is a very short song, especially for Lennon, and is quite straightforward but I must say, it’s a pretty catchy song. There really isn’t too

        much in this song for me to review, but I will say Lennon’s vocals fit it and it’s just a solid song.

        12. Polythene Pam - Polythene Pam has a similar feel to Mean Mr. Mustard, but it’s even more energetic. Once again, Lennon sounds very fitting on this track, but it also doesn’t have too much to it either. Yet another simple, yet very solid song.

        13. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window - This song has a bit more to it than the previous two tracks, although it still doesn’t have a lot. McCartney surprisingly sounds very good on this song and follows up Lennon’s two tracks very well. Certain lines of lyrics on this track actually stand out to me as well which is always a good sign. Yet another solid song.

        14. Golden Slumbers - Golden Slumbers is another one of those songs, like Oh! Darling, where I just feel like Lennon might sound a bit better singing it. McCartney sounds fine during the more mellow parts, but once he tries to sing with a bit more power in his voice, it isn’t all that great. Lennon just seems to be able to sing with more power than McCartney, but the vocal performance is still pretty strong on this song.

        15. Carry That Weight - This album featured two songs that use three way harmonies between Harrison, McCartney, and Lennon which sound great, but Carry That Weight has the nice touch of including Starr on vocals as well. Although the vocals aren’t as elegant or hypnotic such as on Because or Sun King, it has a very full feeling and very powerful feeling behind it, which fits in perfectly with the brass on this track. For a pretty short song, it actually feels and sounds like quite a lot is going on.

        16. The End - Very energetic way to end the record and a very good way. The End goes through some different changes in sound and mood as it progresses which showcases The Beatles in both more powerful parts but also more melodic parts. Great vocal performance by McCartney yet again, his voice has just been great this album.

        17. Her Majesty - Nothing really special, just McCartney and an acoustic guitar, nothing great here.

        Conclusion - Overall, a fantastic record. There isn’t one track on this album that I would consider weak, there are some songs that I would say are just solid, but no just flat-out weak songs. Truly a nice balance on this record between moods of songs, vocal performances, and just songwriting credits. Each member is in the spotlight at least once during this album, and each member pulls it off very well - excellent album, one of their best.




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