The review that bothers me the most is Jon Landau's 1971 Rolling Stones review of this album. Landau claims that:
"Ram is so incredibly inconsequential and so monumentally irrelevant..."
Why all the hate?
Either way - Fuck him and the rest of those critics. Maybe their cynicism was a result of their mourning over the end of the Beatles' -- whereas they couldn't immediately fathom the success of an ex-members solo album (since the Beatles 'officially' separated after McCartney was released). Or maybe, it was the fact that Ram sounded less Beatles-esque than they had hoped for.
This album is spectacular. The more spins it receives, the more I fall in love with it. I do agree with some critics that the songs may not be consistent with one another, leaving the album to seem like a mish-mash of random songs being thrown on the album -- but maybe that's what makes me like this album so much. I honestly don't give a shit that this album may feel 'unfinished' - almost every song on here is extremely fun and beautifully crafted.
The album intro 'Too Many People' is the only song I can't stand - no matter how many times I give it a chance. Everything from '3 Legs' to 'Long Haired Lady' is magnificent.
The highlight of the album, IMO, is 'Monkberry Moon Delight.'
Anyway, what's the SOMB opinion of this album?