Album of the Week: Abbey Road


Maddox Wolfgram, Staff Writer

For this week’s album of the week, I decided to go with Abbey Road by The Beatles. Abbey Road was released in 1969, and it is possibly the most famous album of all time. In addition, its album cover is easily the most iconic cover ever. Abbey Road is the 11th studio album in The Beatles’ discography. It incorporates many styles of music including blues, rock, progressive rock, and pop.

The album starts off with “Come Together,” a blues rock track featuring an iconic bass riff. It was produced/composed mainly by John Lennon. It quickly became one of The Beatles biggest hits, and I can see why. The track is an ear-worm that will linger in your head for weeks.

The next track “Something” is a beautiful ballad written by George Harrison. It prominently features a light guitar throughout the piece and a beautiful guitar solo in the middle. It is widely considered to be one of the best love songs of all time.

My favorite track on the album is easily “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” I’m not the biggest fan of the lyrics, as they can get a bit repetitive. The instrumentals, however, are simply incredible. It features a heavy bass riff that breaks up the “I Want You” sections. The end of the song features a three minute long instrumental section where the bass slowly gets harder and white noise grows louder and louder. The song comes to a climactic high before going completely silent.

The blaring ending of “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” transitions into the beautiful, light track “Here Comes The Sun.” This transition is what makes concept albums so great. It adds something that can only be heard by listening to the album in its entirety, something I feel we are losing in current music. “Here Comes The Sun” is another one of The Beatles’ most iconic tracks. Written by George Harrison, it speaks of the hope and different emotions that come with the arrival of spring.

The second half of Abbey Road features 8 short songs that all mix together and transition into each other. The Beatles had many short tracks saved up from different album recordings. They decided to spruce them up and put them into Abbey Road. This decision could have easily been a disaster, but it turned out beautifully. Every song mixes so well into the next. It leaves you questioning whether you are listening to just one long song.

Overall, this is one of the best concept albums of all time. It deserves all of the appreciation and acclaim that it gets. The production specifically on the second half is spectacular. I would give this album a 9.5/10.