Just got through playing Rubber Soul for a couple of hours, and I can't stop smiling: What a boatload of great songs just got added to the playlist! The game's depth and variety has skyrocketed with this release: It's got more meat on its bones now.
It got me thinking about the three DLC albums, and how each one has provided a different experience:
Abbey Road--Edgy, Beautiful, Quirky and Epic.
Sgt. Pepper--Colorful, fun, surprising and startling.
Rubber Soul--Sharp, tightly written and clever. The Beatles in transition. The back-and-forth between live performance and dreamscape provides the "Missing Link" chapter that ties together the early and later periods in the game. It's not as flashy or epic as the first two DLC albums, but it provides one great song after another...and yes, I'm including "What Goes On."
I'm glad to have more live venue songs to play, and I also love each of the new Dreamscapes. "Michelle" is my favorite, but it's a really close call between all of them. I wish I had a choice to play "Nowhere Man" on stage, but the dreamscape turned out great (and the song was just as much fun to play in-game as I'd hoped).
The one really odd moment comes at the end, just as it does on the album. "Run For Your Life" is one weird, twisted little song. It's very unnerving to see John joyfully singing it to a screaming crowd of adoring women. Oh, well, what ya gonna do...No way it could be left out of the album.
I sure hope there are more album downloads coming, but at least now the game's setlist has grown into a very healthy collection. As is, this is the best game I've ever played, and it's really blossomed over the last three months.