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Old 05-16-2013, 10:04 AM   #311 (permalink)
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:51 AM   #312 (permalink)
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Nickelback is a good band. I don't get why all the hate.
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:05 AM   #314 (permalink)
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Nickelback is a good band. I don't get why all the hate.
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:23 AM   #315 (permalink)
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Nickelback is a good band. I don't get why all the hate.
Yup. I guess Justin Bieber and Slipknot are pretty good, too, I don't see how people can hate on them.
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:34 AM   #316 (permalink)
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In some ways Let it Be came with a lot more baggage for me the other albums I've reviewed in this thread thus far. The biggest piece, a huge honking steamer trunk of baggage, was of course the album's reputation as being kind of a weak final act for them. The other bit of baggage, maybe more of an overhead carryon that doesn't fit well in the overhead compartment, is that I'm a big fan of Laibach's 1988 humorous reinterpretation of this album as rousing fascist marching tunes. Going in, on some gut level, I think I was a bit reluctant to give the original version much of a chance, and the first time I listened to this album sometime last year I really didn't like it. It seemed as tepid as its reputation suggested. But a funny thing happened on the way to writing this review, I listened to it many more times, often with long lapses of time in between, and much to my amazement it began to grow on me.

It begins fairly strongly with "Two of Us", a jangly, summery tune with a sweet propulsive bass line courtesy of George and some nice minimalistic yet creative drumming from Ringo. "Dig a Pony" is up next, and though it's not among their best songs it does have some positive attributes, namely the down and dirty guitar and the soaring vocals courtesy of Lennon. "Across the Universe" is another quality track and probably the biggest throwback to their psychedelic era. With a few tweaks to the arrangement it's not hard to imagine it fitting right in on Sgt. Pepper. "I Me Mine" flows nicely out of this and is a solid piece of orchestral pop fused with electric blues—the background horns in particular really make the song for me. The Rolling Stones aping "Dig It" serves as an odd little interlude and then we arrive the centerpiece of the album, the title track. Even going in I already loved "Let It Be", and though I do like the single version better than this one, it's still a magnificent, bittersweet song with a captivating and dynamic structure. Unfortunately, after the soaring heights of this song, the album never quite finds its way again. It's not horrible or anything, just a bit middle-of-the-road. There are a couple highlights though in the form of "I've Got a Feeling", which sounds like it comes from some hairier, harder rocking band, and the country-ish "For You Blue", which features some of the best vocals on the album and some lovely slide guitar playing.

It's not a perfect album by any means, but there's something about its more stripped down style that in many ways does make it seem like the perfect epilogue to their career. I know it was part of McCartney's intent to bring things back somewhat to their early years with this release and I think they succeeded, not just in doing that, but actually in surpassing all of those early albums. Is this the first album I'd reach for if I was in the mood for the Beatles? No. But it's still a solid album with a certainly rainy Sunday appeal. Thanks to Burning Down for sending it my way!
Another interesting review, Janszoon, which almost, but ultimately doesn´t quite, make me want to hear this album again. I don´t think I want to re-visit the disappointment I felt when this album came out.

When Pink Floyd went their separate ways, Roger Waters said something about PF being "more than just a franchise" and for me Let It Be is a kind of Beatles franchise album. George Martin wasn´t involved and the Beatles were so uninterested at that stage that they allowed a recording engineer to choose the track list and their accountant to bully along the release. While Paul´s notion was to Get Back to basics, Phil Spector was given free reign to pull in the exact opposite direction. He so smothered songs like "Across The Universe" and "Long And Winding Road" with syrupy, out-dated orchestration that what should have been album highlights became low-points. To me the finished versions of those tracks in particular say pretty clearly, "John Lennon has left the building."

In deference to you and Burning Down, I´d agree that there are some reasonable tracks;"Two Of Us" (which you describe very neatly) seems such a promising start, the title track and a few others are fine in themselves, but when I put on an album, I really prefer something with more consistency and quality than this album delivers.
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Very nice review of Let It Be! My personal favorite parts of the album are George's 2 songs and "I've Got A Feeling!" Can't wait for the next review, man!
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:28 PM   #318 (permalink)
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JANSZOON! *cough* Journal. You should...n' stuff.
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:03 PM   #319 (permalink)
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Your reviews are interesting. As a big Beatles admirer I appreciate the way you have tried to get into them. If you don't like them, that's okay, maybe they are not for you,but it's good that you have tried.
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:05 PM   #320 (permalink)
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I mean i understand if someone don't like them, but you really shouldn't say you don't like something if you are not tried to get into it
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