Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Beatles will Let it Be

“Two of us riding nowhere spending someone’s hard earned pay…”

Let it Be represented the end of The Beatles. It wasn’t the last recorded album by the band as Abbey Road was. The way the albums were released was in opposite order. This sounds unusual but then again coming from The Beatles nothing surprises me here. Let it Be is a farewell album filled with interesting tracks that showed the band’s further division and further interests of recording together. "Two of Us" is the album starter and probably is one of the rarer songs you’ll hear with both Paul McCartney and John Lennon singing a duet. 

There are a few other songs on the album with McCartney and Lennon singing together in but they don’t quite sound as good as this track. It’s a great opener and certainly an underrated song by the band. "Dig a Pony" is my personal favorite track on the entire album. Its nonsensical lyrics and catchy chorus help drive the song from start to finish. John Lennon described this song as “a piece of garbage”, but then again Lennon also stated this about a lot of his songs:

“I dig a pony now you can celebrate anything you want…”

"Across the Universe" is probably one of the most delicate and underrated song on the album. Lyrically and instrumentally from beginning to finish this song is a good listen.

John’s vocals are not the best but it’s still a great track. "I Me Mine" is sort of a rock waltz type song written by George Harrison. This track is interesting because it’s a lot darker than the other tracks on the album. The message of ego and how people like to brag about themselves is really what this song is all about. During the recording of this song John Lennon and Yoko Ono are dancing around the studio. This can be seen on the film titled Let it Be which was released as a promotional video for the album.

"Let it Be" and "Long and Winding Road" both are the sadder songs on the album. Both have lead vocals by McCartney. There’s nothing wrong with the two songs as they reached number one singles by the band. When you listen to them you get this strange sad feeling that the band really is departing and looking in differ directions. I personally don’t like either track for that simple reason:

“The long and winding road that leads to your door…”

"Get Back" rounds up the album and is a good track. Not one of my personal favorites by McCartney, but the lyrics and instruments are well played in the song. It’s one of those songs that are easily forgettable, but still a good track to listen to. 

Let it Be was the final album release by the band even though technically it wasn’t. It has some songs that showcase the band and their creative lyrics and musicianship. Lyrically some songs are sloppy and just a tad boring. That’s the whole appeal of the album however; it’s like a graduation speech that gets rather emotional and sad in parts. In all this is a great album but not the best...

“Speaking words of wisdom let it be…”

 Devon M

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