There’s a lot going on in The White Album. It tells the tale of a dysfunctional, supremely talented family on the verge of a breakdown. Stretched out over four sides of vinyl, its troughs are as much part of the appeal as its peaks. I say ‘stretched’ but all the songs are pretty tight, staying under four minutes for the vast majority. Only one track is significantly longer and that’s not a song it’s a sound collage, a piece of avant garde art. I say ‘tight’ when some songs wander around aimlessly during those four minutes. I’m looking at you Bungalow Bill, Rocky Racoon and Don’t Pass Me By, all of which seem longer than they are.
The Afterword loves a poll. Let’s see if we can reach consensus on which side of The Beatles is the best.
There is a scoring mechanism, so please pay attention. You are allowed four votes. First place scores five points, second three, third two and fourth one.
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