In his latest book, REVOLVER, Robert Rodriguez — the pop-culture historian, not the film director — details HOW THE BEATLES REIMAGINED ROCK’N’ROLL. While you await our review, take a glimpse inside the book, in this excerpt on how the landmark album was received by critics.
Ahead of the curve in recognizing Revolver as something special was critic Richard Gold- stein, writing for New York’s Village Voice. Just out of college, Goldstein was on his way to a long and distinguished career when he sang the praises of this new Beatles release. “Hear it once and you know it’s important. Hear it twice, it makes sense. Third time around, it’s fun. Fourth time, it’s subtle. On the fifth hearing, Revolver becomes sublime.” Though his review overall gave the Beatles much credit for doing something distinctly new as they explored the possibilities of what a rock album could be, Goldstein would distinguish himself the following year as one of the few professional critics that did not fall all over himself to exalt Sgt. Pepper.
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