Tuesday, April 12, 2011
We spoke about the development of concept albums, in the mid-1960s, when the audience began to consume music in album-sized chunks, rather than singles (45s). There have been several well known concept albums, like those by the Kinks (try Muswell Hillbillies) Pink Floyd (try Animals) and Rush (2112) in the 1970s, a few metal-related ones like Queensrÿche's Operation Mindcrime in the 1980s and 1990s. But in the current century there are many more, and more to come - not exclusively for reasons of creativity. In an era of downloading singles rather than full albums, a concept album will induce fans to go for more than the single.
Posted by dW at 3:34 PM