“Oh holy grace, they made love to your face with a box cutter.”
The above line describes the lead character of Vendetta Red’s Sisters of the Red Death. The album is a concept album about a woman named Gloria who, after a nuclear war engulfs the earth, is born as a half-medusa half-harpy. She decides that mankind is to blame for her body, and she takes control of the world. The album is about what happens when she falls in love.
Weird, right? That’s how the concept album works, a technique used by bands to unify an album as a story rather than a simple collection of songs, no matter how out there the idea behind it is.
Whether it’s Armor For Sleep’s look at life from beyond the grave in What To Do When You Are Dead, The Dear Hunter’s life of a boy lost in a world of prostitution in Act II: The Meaning Of, And All Things Involving Ms. Leading, or Coheed and Cambria’s entire discography, the idea of an album describing an entire story is nothing new, as many of the most critically-acclaimed albums throughout history have been concept albums. The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon were concept albums, for example
They can be incredibly interesting, or they can be unbelievably dull and thoughtless. We at AP.net would like to know—what are the best concept albums? Which ones have the best story and which ones have the best music that accompany?
Which albums do you think fail as a concept? Has there been a band that has just tried to overextend their creative abilities and created a disasterpiece of an album based on a ridiculous concept?
For the second part of this question, it is obvious that some stories are just more interesting than others. Whether or not they succeed musically is a different topic altogether, but the general ideas behind some of these albums are great. Which albums do you think would translate well to the silver screen? Which concept album would make for a great movie?
If the story is interesting, then I'll go with it. I know Coheed has this whole concept idea to it, but I just don't care about it, so I just listen to the songs as individual songs and not as a concept. God I hate the Coheed concept.
Year Zero was the last good concept album I listened to.
I thought The Black Parade was a poorly-executed concept but a good album.
yes, I would concede that, to a point anyways.
nin's year zero was an amazing concept! I was so impressed with it, the ARG that went along with it was so cool. I just wish the album hadn't been so beat focused, I was let down but the songs themselves.
I think every album is a concept album in a sense. Maybe not a narrative like a Coheed or Rush or Floyd. But every album has a theme that ties it all together. I don't like referring to albums as "concept albums" for this very reason. I think it limits it too much.