34. Deconstructing The Beatles’ Rubber Soul

Deconstructing The Beatles’ Rubber Soul isn’t so much a movie or a documentary as it is a skype session of someone who is sitting in on a lecture about The Beatles. We watch a very long Powerpoint presentation with some interesting tidbits here and there, revealing unique things we didn’t know about this seminal album from the Fab Four. But most of it is excruciatingly boring and redundant where we are literally just staring a single slide of information for minutes at a time.

To be fair, this is exactly what this movie is trying to be. There is no false advertising when the actual deconstruction of Rubber Soul takes place. They literally go into every single lyrical inspiration, every new exotic instrument that was incorporated into recording, and every single humorous anecdote that accompanied each of the album’s iconic songs. Some of this is really interesting, like when they talk about the specific blues and rock musicians who influenced and were influenced by particular Rubber Soul tracks. But most of this lecture fails to captivate, which is made humorously apparent when the camera cuts to people in the audience, most of whom look like they’re about to fall asleep.

George Martin, who produced and helped composed some of Rubber Soul, noted that this was either the first or one of the first albums that redefined what we think of an “album,” not necessarily just a collection of individual songs, but a collective piece of art where each of its components intertwine to make something greater. Deconstructing Rubber Soul takes away from that greatness with its tedious format. Sit this lecture out and just read the Wikipedia entry on Rubber Soul instead to get a more satisfying and less time-intensive experience.

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