Rubber Soul - Parlophone 1965
The acoustic guitars play great and important role on most of the tracks, and some songs, such as Lennon's "Norwegian Wood" could almost be called "folksy".
The vocals are sublime throughout the album with tight harmonies on most tracks.
Lyrically the album reveal that in particular Lennon have begun to show more personality, evident on "Nowhere Man"
The Lennon-McCartney songwriting team is really at its peak on this album, but also George Harrison's two contributions "Think for Yourself" and "If I Needed Someone" are strong.
It is difficult to highlight songs as most are excellent, but among the ballads, I think Lennon's "In My Life," "Norwegian Wood" and "Girl" are the strongest. McCartney stands out on the more up-beat songs like "Drive My Car" and "I'm Looking Through You".
Beatles showed also in this period great flair for effective and catchy guitar riffs. Listen to "If I Needed Someone" and "Run For Your Life".