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Friday, November 11, 2005

Today I discovered that I left my copy of The Beatles' Rubber Soul in my work computer. I was listening to it yesterday, as it is one of my all-time favorite albums. From the rag time type piano part in "Drive My Car" to the sucking in air out of frustration during "Girl," this album is as near to perfection as any I've ever heard.

Whenever something goes wrong, I'm sure we all turn to albums that comfort us. These albums are like friends that say, "Hey, it's going to be okay little buddy. In fact, this song I wrote sums up your exact feelings. Listen to it and know you're not the first or the last to feel this way."

Since this is the 40th anniversary of the release of Rubber Soul, Razor & Tie Entertainment released a CD in its honor. This disc features cover songs (in the exact album order as the original) from such artists as Sufjan Stevens, the Fiery Furnaces, Ben Harper, Dar Williams, Cowboy Junkies, and the Donnas.

And I'm here to say that This Bird Has Flown: A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles' Rubber Soul is a major disappointment. While I appreciate the artists trying to adapt their styles to the songs, I feel that most of the time it seems forced. Were they thinking, "Everyone knows this song, so how can we make it weird?"

Overall, the album is a failure. However, there are some good tracks. Sufjan Stevens' take on "What Goes On" will grow on you, and Ted Leo's version "I'm Looking Through You" is worth listening to all the way through. Rhett Miller's cover of "Girl" is pretty close to the original. I guess he's the only one to realize one shouldn't mess with perfection.
posted by pimplomat @ 12:37 PM  
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