If I Needed Someone
Beatles Week // By AJ / 9 January, 2013
Harrison’s songs for the Beatles always felt different to the rest. Not in any sort of harsh way, but they had a particular resonance and charm that felt distinct to anyone that listens closely to the Beatles. While that resonance would become more apparent in the latter stages of their career when experimentation was rife, it’s perfectly evident in this track from Rubber Soul. Compositionally, it’s rather interesting: it switches to a minor chord during the “Had you come some other day” bit, and in the process completely subverts the typical verse-chorus-verse. As a result, the entire song feels quite dream-like, assisted by the prominent guitar riff and the vocal “ahhs”.