I'm keeping it simple to start off the week. One question, many possibilities, no wrong answers. Here goes:
What is the most listenable Beatles record?
Keep in mind, this doesn't have to be their best record. I'm curious which record is your favorite listen, the one you most want to hear. Also, I'm assuming that anyone reading this blog on the regular has no real qualms with the Beatles, and at least a few opinions about them.
(Editor's Note: In the event that you're reading this blog and have a very real qualm with the Beatles, or no opinion about them, don't worry. You took a wrong turn. You probably took a right at Pitchfork. Slide into reverse, retrace your steps, and exhale deeply. Everything will be alright.)
I'll start: To my ear, the best Beatles record is Revolver. But for all its merits (artistically, aesthetically, etc.), it's h-e-a-v-y. My favorite listen, front to back, regardless of season, is Help! Its poppers are more mature than Hard Day's Night, and its folkies are more fun than Rubber Soul. It sounds like an effortless, and smart, and fun, and interesting pop record, but occupies the space before The Beatles became Serious Artists.
Best Song: "Yesterday"
Favorite: "Ticket To Ride"
Least Favorite: "Act Naturally"
Sleeper Favorite: "It's Only Love"
So, what's your favorite listen?