Thursday, July 20, 2017
TRACK SIX: "Tell Me Why VS. The Word
Before we continue, let's catch up.
I have this theory, though I am sure I am not the only one, that we've all come to believe by dint of simply saying so for such a long time, that certain works of art, music and film especially, are the best in their field. "Rubber Soul?" Of course it is better than "A Hard Day's Night." And though this method is admittedly flawed, stacking up the songs from those two records against each other, just might give "A Hard Day's Night" the edge.
One last thing- to clear up some confusion, and maybe I should have thought of this at the beginning of this battle, try to vote with your heart, not your head. What might be a better composition might not be what you'd rather listen to. I know most of the time I'd rather watch "Jaws" than "Citizen Kane."
I find all of this very interesting, and by the amount of comments here and on Facebook, I think you do too. So enough of my yakkin'!
"And I Love Her"- 30
"Think For Yourself"- 18
When I was a kid, I would skip over "The Word." There was something about the chorus, specifically the 4-note melody, over and over again, that would give me the twitch. Many years later, I've grown quite fond of it, with its funky feel and rhythm not unlike "In The Midnight Hour," this is yet another example of what these four lads could do. In the middle of a 60's, folky pop record, they toss in a little bit of R&B it feels like fits perfectly.
"Tell Me Why" was apparently written by Lennon as filler. Tossed off while on tour. What great filler! Another great Ringo performance. More great harmonies behind a soulful Lennon lead vocal. Those indecipherable falsetto vocals right before one of my fave lines, "I really can't stand it, I'm so in love with you." This track is a monster. And it gets my vote.
1. A Hard Day's Night
2. Norwegian Wood
3. If I Fell
4. Nowhere Man
5. And I Love Her
Previously on Album Battle: