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A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles

The Beatles A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day’s Night

(1964), 7.5/10
A Hard Day’s Night is the soundtrack to a movie about The Beatles, which only further cemented their status as the world’s most popular band. It’s the first Beatles album fully comprised of songs written by The Beatles – and all of the songs are written by Lennon and McCartney. It’s reliant on mid-tempo rockers with a simple four piece, and it’s the songs that deviate most from the formula that are the most memorable.

Some of the mid-tempo rockers are accomplished; the title track opens the album with the much analysed chord from Harrison’s 12-string guitar, ‘Tell Me Why’ is energetic and fun, while ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ is maybe the best of the mid-tempo rockers. But the more diverse material stands out; ‘If I Fell’ is a pretty Lennon song, while McCartney goes acoustic with the gentle ‘And I Love Her’ and ‘Things We Said Today’.

A Hard Day’s Night was another artistic breakthrough for The Beatles, as their first album with all original compositions, and dabbling with more acoustic arrangements, but they’re still on a steep upwards incline artistically.

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