Concept Album Blues (Guess Who’s Back)

After probably 2 weeks of woes and triumphs, I’m back with another installment of your favorite blog, The Geekaround!

So I openned my web browser and saw the most interesting headline… Rock concept albums.

A concept album is an album released by an artist or band that follows a certain story song per song. Popular progressive metal/rock bands (Rush, Dream theater, Queensryche, The Who) have followed such an album format, later being used by punk/alternative/indi artists like The Smashing Pumpkins and Green Day. Knowing all this from being a progressive/indi musician myself, I expected a lot more from an article on the front page of msn.com.

So in the list, there are 25 albums fromthe following artists:

The Who, The Beatles, The Kinks, The Magnetic Fields, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Willie Nelson, King Kong, Green Day, Public Enemy, Louvin Brothers, The Streets, The Pretty Things, The Decemberists, Lou Reed, Rush, Queensryche, Meat Loaf, Smashing Pumpkins, Styx, Genesis, Bob Dylan

Looking at the lists, there sure are a bunch that weren’t exactly groundbreaking… What made me think about its obscurity was the fact that all around us, there are way more influential concept albums that topple Green Day off the whole list. I mean, sure, I’m being a tad too picky, biased, and authoritative, but I’d put in Dream Theater and In Flames, Coheed & Cambria and probably more of Rush. It’s a lot more worth it to read about their albums than those of Green Day’s or The Streets’. The blurred lines between concept and progression in music takes away the royalties certain fans and musicians give brilliant minds who tell stories through song progression.

For the curious, listen to Green Day’s American Idiot album and compare it to Dream Theater’s Systematic Chaos album, see who paints a better picture. Sure, different genres, but both concept albums. For a closer match, substitute Dream Theater with Coheed & Cambria’s In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3 album.

That’s all for now, see you soon!

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