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YMMV / Revolver

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The album by The Beatles

  • Ensemble Dark Horse: For a long time, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was viewed as the Beatles' artistic peak, and it certainly had the biggest social impact at the time of release. However, many Fab Four fans have claimed that Revolver is the better album at least since 1974, when Roy Carr & Tony Tyler first published the quote featured on the main page.note  In 1996, Beatlefan magazine published "a 30th anniversary salute" to Revolver with the provocative title "Their Best Album? If You Say Sgt. Pepper, Maybe You'd Better Think Again!" In his book about the LP, Robert Rodriguez calls it "a dark horse within the Beatles' oeuvre".
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  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The album's name, "Revolver", was a wordplay on a type of handgun and the revolving motion of a record as it spins on the turntable, but it can hard not to feel somewhat uncomfortable about it when thinking about how John Lennon would eventually die after being shot with a .38 revolver.
  • Genre Turning Point: The album continued the band's shift toward focusing on albums, pulling the rest of the rock and pop world with them. They also introduced advanced tape manipulation techniques to popular music with tracks like "I'm Only Sleeping" and "Tomorrow Never Knows".
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: "Yellow Submarine," especially if you liked it as a kid, evokes an unprecedented feeling of innocence.


The film by Guy Ritchie

  • Narm: A meta example. While promoting the film, Guy Ritchie made a great effort to talk up the film's central theme (that a person can be their own worst enemy) as though this was some revolutionary new concept.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Something that Guy Ritchie was clearly aiming for. Subverted as the confusing nature of the narrative was part of what got it panned by critics.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: the scene from The Backstory where Jake was in prison and trading messages with the men in the neighboring cells, The Chessmaster and a Con Man, without ever meeting them as they plotted to escape could have made for a good movie by itself, and feels especially wasted given the question about whether or not it was real from the Gainax Ending.


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