YMMV: The White Album

  • Base Breaker:
    • "Revolution 9". For some, it's brillant and revolutionary; for others, it's a horrid and irritating mess. Others split the difference, recognizing that it's brilliant and revolutionary but not actually liking it.
    • As with most long double albums, there's the constant debate over if it would've been better as a single album, and if so which songs are filler and should be cut (it doesn't help that this is probably the album where the differences between John and Paul's writing stands out the most)
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: As with Revolver, this is sometimes cited as the Beatles' best album instead of Sgt. Pepper's.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: As described on the main page, "Long Long Long" "sounds like a coffin is closing at a funeral while the widow weeps." George himself would be dead in 2001.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • "Glass Onion" was intended as sarcastic attack on all those Beatle fans who sought for hidden messages and meanings in their songs.
    • Sadly, American serial killer Charles Manson still managed to interpret the lyrics of the songs "Piggies", "Revolution 1", "Revolution 9", "I Will", "Honey Pie", "Blackbird" and "Helter Skelter" as a message to start murdering other people. For his Cloud Cuckoo Lander interpretations, see this link.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The album in general has an overall harsher, unsettling quality to it. Instruments and vocals have weird textures, songs are played roughly (sometimes with proto-heavy metal distortion) and end in minor keys, songs end (or begin) in disjointed ways, Last Note Nightmares abound. Many of the songs lyrically deal with death, violence and mortality in a way Beatles records hadn't before. Even the more lighthearted songs don't help matters. The Reality Subtext of the band falling apart is audible. It's the band's darkest album. There's also the fact the insane cult leader, Charles Manson, would twist the meanings of the songs into a megalomaniacal scheme to cause a race war through mass murder.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Eric Clapton came to the studio at his friend George's request to play on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". He delivered probably the best and certainly the most skillful guitar solo to ever appear on a Beatles record.
  • So Bad, It's Good:
    • "Why Don't We Do It In The Road?"
    • "Wild Honey Pie," because seriously now.
    • 'Yer Blues', and deliberately so. Just check out the lyrics and the guitar solo.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: "Good Night".
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: "Good Night," intentionally so.
  • Tear Jerker: "Blackbird", "Julia", "Long, Long, Long", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Good Night", "Mother Nature's Son", "Dear Prudence".
  • Vindicated by History: The album received mixed reviews on release but is now regarded by many fans as one of the Beatles' best albums.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Partially subverted with the making of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" which John Lennon, high on pot, growled he didn't like the song's preliminary slow tempo and instead went to a piano and bashed out the introduction in a louder and faster tempo. As it turns out, the rest of the band agreed that sounded better and they recorded the song with that tempo in mind.