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Old 19-08-2014, 09:26 PM   #1
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The Concept Album

Hello one and all, I was wondering if you guys have created a concept album or what you think of them. Do you find one concept boring? Do you think its a waist of time or is it worthwhile? I would also like to know what are your top 3 or 5 concept albums. It interest me for research on some other peoples opinions on concept albums. As for the top 5 for me as of now it would be as follows:

1. The Fragile (Nine inch nails) tie with Furious Angels (Rob Dougan)
2. The Wall (Pink Floyd)
3. Madvillany (Madvillan)
4.10,000 Days (Tool)
5. The Waters (Mick Jenkins)

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Old 19-08-2014, 09:57 PM   #2
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Re: The Concept Album

I love concept albums. I love listening to albums from front to back and it's even better if the album actually tells you a story.
So I prefer the concept albums that make a journey (emotionally) over albums with just a central theme.

Suffocate For Fuck Sake - Blazing Fires And Helicopters On The Frontpage Of The Newspaper. There's A War Going On And I'm Marching In Heavy Boots
[post-rock / sludge]
The whole album tells the story of someone with a depression and goes through a whole array of emotions. I'm not sure what it's about exactly as they speak swedish, but the music really speaks for itself. When it's done you feel like you've been on a long emotional journey.

Vello Leaf - Tonight I'm Leaving...
[post-rock / down-tempo]

Celldweller - Wish Upon A Blackstar (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6nK6WcjEBY)
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Re: The Concept Album

Deloused in the Comatorium by the Mars Volta is mind blowing imho.

American Prayer by The Doors (laugh if you want, I bust it out several times a year)

Dunno if it really counts as a concept album but the Mad Professor version of Protection by Massive Attack called "No Protection"

I think there is a Coheed and Cambria concept album? No idea on the name, but they have some crazy lyrics about space battles and slaughtering children.

can't think of a 4th at the moment

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Old 19-08-2014, 10:19 PM   #4
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Re: The Concept Album

To me it doesn't really matter if an album is based on a concept or not. All that matters is if I enjoy it or not. If it feels right for a band/artist to do a concept album, then why not?

4 great ones that come to mind are:

Camel - The Snow Goose
Marconi Union - Distance
Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Dream Theater - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (CD 2) --- CD 1 is great too but not exactly a concept album.

PS. love 10,000 Days too

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Re: The Concept Album

Meddle - Floyd

Book of Human Language - Aceayalone (not big on rap, but dayuum)

Head Hunters - Herbie Hancock (dunno if inteaded to be concept but like how it ties together)

Don't really rank them, just enjoy listening to them.

Boredom, no. The exact opposite. I think concept albums will continue to be ranked among the best albums of all time and people listen to them incessantly because they know they're in for a journey. Even if one or two tracks fail, the experience sticks and has the potential to create a sense of satisfaction unparalleled, except for maybe with the concert going experience.

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Re: The Concept Album

This. so fucking hard.


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Re: The Concept Album

Also, somewhat of a different vibe.


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Re: The Concept Album

I found this: http://www.idmforums.com/showthread.php?t=106774

I've never made one and I hate listening to them, I guess it's not my thing
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Old 20-08-2014, 07:23 PM   #9
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Re: The Concept Album

how about a concept that unfolds over several albums?


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Re: The Concept Album

This was fucking epic when it came out (1998, and the millennium doomsday frantic).

Still is.




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Re: The Concept Album

I own a few. Out of those I own, these would be my faves.


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Re: The Concept Album

I think we've had this discussion before, might have gotten lost in the purge, but here's some of my favorites.

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Deloused in the Comatorium by the Mars Volta
That is definitely up there.

Pink Floyd - the Wall - Kind of obvious choice but it's a classic conceptual album.

Genesis - the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - Also kind of obvious but probably one of my favorite things ever.

Triumvirat - Spartacus - Think there was also a film back in the 70's with this name that this album was the backdrop to. We're all familliar with the story.

the Labyrinth Soundtrack - bit of a stretch here but it has all the makings of a proper concept album, the music and lyrics follow the story of the Labyrinth and were integral in the telling of the story. Featuring the talent of David Bowie alongside incidental pieces and additional production by Trevor Jones, it's a great listening experience.

Lots more but these ones kind of stand out to me. I'm a big fan of the fantasy/psychedelic rock concept album.

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10,000 Days (Tool)
Also up there, but it's hard for me to defend as a concept album because it's narrative is so fragmented.

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Re: The Concept Album

I've tried to get into like dream theater, mars volta, and a lot of other dudes like that, but the vocals for those groups kills me.

Hm I have been trying to gether some studies on the idea and what people like from concept albums as I want my next album to be a concept album on a more professional level.

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sticky fingaz - black trash: the autobiography of kirk jones was next level!
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Re: The Concept Album

From a composer/producer point of view I like having concepts. Being that 99% of my music is instrumental I cannot use lyrics to tell a story so I prefer to use simple psychologically based concepts.

I had 3 releases on a label last year. On the surface they may have seemed like independent releases, but there were little elements that connected them. The first release was an EP called Illusions of Separation, followed by a single and then an album. In each release, some of the tracks featured one or more small elements similar to / reminiscent of / the same as elements from tracks from the previous releases. Just a little way of spiking a bit of familiarity in the listener.

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Re: The Concept Album

I've done a couple "concept albums" but nothing commercial. I think it's great for storytelling. Or just working out a certain style.

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I've tried to get into like dream theater, mars volta, and a lot of other dudes like that, but the vocals for those groups kills me.
Look up "Liquid Tension Experiment" it's essentially Dream Theater w/out singing

as far as concept albums go, hmmm so many.
I know the first ones I heard were Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" "The Wall" "Animals" and The Who's "Tommy" and "Quadrophenia" - original rock operas!

More recently I like Charles Spearin "The Happiness Project"

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Re: The Concept Album

My final major portfolio for university researched, to some degree, the concept album. It's quite an ambiguous term really. It doesn't necessarily have to have a narrative which many seem to think, rather it can simply have similar themes bounding tracks together through the whole album's duration. I'd go on, but... I won't.

My favourites:

The Mars Volta - Deloused In The Comatorium

Jethro Tull - A Passion Play

Tool - 10,000 Days

Bjork - Biophilia

More info on Biophilia as a concept:

When Power Stars Collide - Property Of The Pleiades Corporation

Thrice - The Alchemy Index

Wixel - 12 Records In 12 Months

Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero

Dr. Steel (effectively a concept artist) - People Of Earth

Aivi & Surasshu - The Black Block

I would also go as far as to say Nils Frahm's Screws was a concept album to some level, as the album is comprised of pieces he composed during the time he had broken his thumb and the state of mind he was in during that time.
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I've done a couple "concept albums" but nothing commercial. I think it's great for storytelling. Or just working out a certain style.


Look up "Liquid Tension Experiment" it's essentially Dream Theater w/out singing

as far as concept albums go, hmmm so many.
I know the first ones I heard were Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon" "The Wall" "Animals" and The Who's "Tommy" and "Quadrophenia" - original rock operas!

More recently I like Charles Spearin "The Happiness Project"
i think another prob I had was when I got into Tool I looked for more prog rock, and I went into most bands of the genre expecting tool, and then found out hey Tool is an extreme exception in a lot of ways. It created a bias.

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