HAS DIGITAL MUSIC KILLED THE CONCEPT ALBUM?
How many of us remember the excitement of picking up The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway by Genesis? Or Tommy by The Who? Pink Floyd's The Wall? Operation Mindcrime by Queensryche? I Robot by The Alan Parsons Project? And Ocean by ELOY?
We Are Legend by Magenta is the newest concept album, but one of only a handful I can think of from the last decade. Vinyl especially seemed to be the perfect medium for the concept album, especially those double gatefold albums that lent themselves, through their size and weight- their sheer physicality- to the idea that THIS album has substance and meaning. Now in the age of digital downloads, where kids just want to spend 99p on the latest Ed Sheeran single, all that seems lost, and music has lost its value.
Or has it? Do you agree that the art of the concept album is dying out? What is/are your favourite concept album/s and why? Share your thoughts here!