“Let it Be” Album Review


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Jasmine Duncan, Writer

On Nov. 25, 26 and 27, “Get Back,a three-part docuseries containing never before seen footage of The Beatles recording sessions for their album “Let It Be” was released. “Let It Be” has won multiple awards, but that doesn’t quite sum up just how beautiful this album is.

The album starts off strong with “Two Of Us,” a song about Paul McCartney’s love for his former wife, Linda McCartney, who died of breast cancer 28 years after the album was released. Some believe that the lyrics reference Paul and John Lennon’s friendship. “You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead” is one of its lyrics. “Two Of Us” is a very happy-go-lucky song; I highly recommend it if you’re searching for a good Beatles pick-me-up.

Although it’s nearly impossible for there to be an “underrated” Beatles song, “I Me Mine” is by far one of the best songs to be released by The Beatles. Written by George Harrison, this song focuses on his own revelation about ego, discovered through LSD use. The song consists of two different breakdowns. First, there’s an almost waltz-like section, filled with strings and horns, which eventually builds up into a large orchestral crescendo at the end of the song. Dispersed between the orchestral parts are small rock sections, where the only lyrics are “I me-me mine.” The song gets louder and more intense as it goes on, driving the lyrics and their meaning further into your head.

While Lennon and McCartney viewed George’s song “I Me Mine” as a filler, there were certainly worse filler songs like “Dig It” and “Dirty Maggie May.” These songs are practically pointless; their only use is to make the album consist of more than 10 songs. The songs themselves aren’t generally terrible, they’re just kind of there.

“Let It Be,” the title track for the album, certainly gets plenty of well-deserved attention, but with that attention, other great songs on the album tend to get overshadowed, like “The Long And Winding Road.”  One of McCartney’s ballads, this song is by far the most beautiful song on the album, filled with strings, horns and angelic backing vocals. McCartney described the song as “a sad song because it’s all about the unattainable; the door you never quite reach. This is the road that you never get to the end of.

“Let It Be” is a very well-rounded album, with songs for almost any mood. Personally, I find a lot of comfort within “Let It Be,” and I hope you can too.