Thursday, December 2, 2010

Concept Albums


In our class discussion, we defined a concept album as an album that is unified by theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, narrative, or lyrical. This unique piece of music architecture started around the 1960s, starting off with a rock band called The Ventures. Concept albums have vibrant colors, pictures, and other things that convey a number one hit of a certain band. Let's take a look at one of my favorite bands brought up in class: Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd is an English rock band that achieved worldwide success with their psychedelic and progressive rock music, according to Wikipedia. One of their albums, The Wall, portrays a white wall with a title and band name written in graffiti. As prof Pat stated, the band is trying to portray the idea of being "down in the dumps." This shows a replication of complete desperation because the wall was supposed to separate the band from the audience.

As we can see, concept albums have been the classic root of number one hits both back in the day and today. They show us perspectives that we don't see just by listening to a certain song once. From carnival acts to a visual realm, concept albums will continue to translate the amazing stories of these bands for everyday challenges that we don't notice.

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