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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #150 on: 16 Dec 2010, 14:12 »

I usually see concept albums only as being epic - telling a story that arcs over the entire album - because really don't MOST albums explore similar lyrical/musical themes, whether consciously or not?

In Absentia does both, but David Dovey is right, usually that's not the one people bring up when they list Porcupine Tree's concept albums. It just happens to be the one I like best heh. Fear of a Blank Planet is a close second.
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #151 on: 15 Jan 2011, 11:35 »

I was forced to make this thread the site of my first post, for fear someone would mention my personal favorite concept album before me.

Between the Buried and Me - Colors.

That is all.
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #152 on: 15 Jan 2011, 11:50 »

In Absentia does both, but David Dovey is right, usually that's not the one people bring up when they list Porcupine Tree's concept albums. It just happens to be the one I like best heh. Fear of a Blank Planet is a close second.

I wouldn't bring it up because I have no idea how it is a concept album. Maybe I'm just not listening close enough. What is the concept?
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #153 on: 15 Jan 2011, 14:12 »

It's the story of a serial killer, through his eyes, beginning with his childhood and ending sometime during his marriage. I think PT has never come out and called it a concept album but it's pretty well accepted as one.
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #154 on: 15 Jan 2011, 15:34 »

Didn't see any of these:

This Heat - Deceit
Swans - Soundtracks for the Blind
Current 93 - Sleep Has His House
Dome - Dome 2
Univers Zéro - Heresie
The Olivia Tremor Control - Black Foliage Animation Music
Venetian Snares - Doll Doll Doll
Henry Cow - In Praise of Learning
Flux Of Pink Indians - The Fucking Cunts Treat Us Like Pricks
Coil - Musick to Play in the Dark, Vol. 1
Diamanda Galas - Plague Mass
Crass - Yes Sir, I Will
Brian Eno - Discreet Music
Einstürzende Neubauten - Stahlmusik

I'm not going to count any recordings of Alvin Lucier, if only because they are technically "classical pieces", though I Am Stting In A Room is one of the most extreme stretches of a single idea in recording history.

Some of these are fairly loosely held together, but all have something that they are, crucially, oriented around as a concept.

Anyway, as you were.

P.S. To the indie kids: If you like Neutral Milk Hotel's second album so damn much, why do you seem to stridently ignore On Avery Island? It is, at very least, an equally good album, and at points just as worthy of needless over-analysis!
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #155 on: 15 Jan 2011, 16:53 »

P.S. To the indie kids: If you like Neutral Milk Hotel's second album so damn much, why do you seem to stridently ignore On Avery Island?

Who does?  I don't!
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #156 on: 15 Jan 2011, 19:09 »

Best Coast - Crazy for You
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #157 on: 16 Jan 2011, 23:04 »

That's a concept album?
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #158 on: 29 Jan 2011, 09:37 »

P.S. To the indie kids: If you like Neutral Milk Hotel's second album so damn much, why do you seem to stridently ignore On Avery Island?

Who does?  I don't!

That makes me happy in far greater proportion than it logically should.
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #159 on: 29 Jan 2011, 17:18 »

I like Hawk and A Hacksaw better than NMH anyway.
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #160 on: 13 Mar 2011, 14:36 »

Easy answer:  The Mountain Goats - The Sunset Tree

Also:
-The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
-R.E.M. - Automatic for the People (iffy whether this is really a concept album, or just an album where most of the songs share some common themes)
-Tme Mountain Goats - The Life of the World to Come
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #161 on: 14 Mar 2011, 06:55 »

If River Runs Red by Life Ogf Agony counts as a concept album (at least the band states it is and there are many common themes) then I would say it is one of my favorites... Such groove it's amazing. Nice lyrics too, I enjoyed the ending.
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #162 on: 15 Mar 2011, 19:44 »

That's a concept album?

considering all of the songs are about the summer, getting high, and/or really wanting to fuck this one dude, yeah I'd say that's enough of a thematic consistency to get it classified as a concept album.

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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #163 on: 15 Mar 2011, 22:58 »

That's not much of a concept though, haha.
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #164 on: 16 Mar 2011, 00:42 »

Black Sheep Boy makes me all weepy and weak in the knees.
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #165 on: 11 Jun 2011, 17:36 »

Hrm.  Gotta agree with you on hating Dream Theater, but only because of their absolutely terrible singer...

My list of favorite concept albums, in no particular order save the first:

Ayreon - 01011001
Kamelot - Epica
Avantasia - Scarecrow
Ania - Ania
Ayreon - The Human Equation
Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Opeth - Still life
Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle Earth
Iced Earth - Framing Armggedon
Katatonia - Viva Emptiness
Sonata Arcitca - Unia


I know it's metal-heavy, but I love them all.
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #166 on: 12 Jun 2011, 11:45 »

Katatonia - Viva Emptiness

What's the concept of that album?  :?
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #167 on: 12 Jun 2011, 12:10 »

Katatonia - Viva Emptiness

What's the concept of that album?  :?

It's a bit loose, but it seems to focus around a single man that has lost nearly everything, and is trying to find his way back to the "City of Glass," referenced in both the first track, Ghost of the Sun, and the instrumental at the end, Inside the City of Glass.
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #168 on: 12 Jun 2011, 13:47 »

Panopticon by Isis, Deathspell Omega's trilogy of albums starting with Si Monumentum, Coheed and Cambria's discography (yes, really), and Antichrist Superstar by Marilyn Manson (also, yes, really).
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #169 on: 25 Sep 2011, 14:20 »

In The Court Of The King by King Crimson and Flying Teapot by Gong, mainly. But ultimately, Libro Audio (Audio Book) and Cuore Amore Errore Disintegrazione (Heart Love Error Disintegration) by Uochi Toki (noise/rap band from Italy) are my favourite. The lyrics are just wonderful. And too long to traduce for me to you. Maybe if someone is interested I can translate my favourite song of theirs, L'osservatore, l'osservatore 1 (The observator, the observator 1). Here's the song, tell me if you're interested in it.
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #170 on: 27 Sep 2011, 14:43 »

Janelle Monae's The ArchAndroid Suites II and III is one of my favourite albums in recent memory. It's absolutely fantastic.
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #171 on: 03 Oct 2011, 16:19 »

Been enjoying Ludo's Broken Bride album lately.
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #173 on: 21 Oct 2011, 07:13 »

Orphaned Land - Mabool: The Story of the Three Sons of Seven
                       - The Never Ending Way Of ORWarriOR

Soulfallen - Grave New World

Turisas - The Varangian Way
           - Stand Up And Fight

The Meads of Asphodel - The Murder of Jesus The Jew

Chthonic - Takasago Army

Dalriada - Arany-Album
I dunno if this counts as a concept album, except that the lyrics are all taken from János Arany's ballads and I feel like it works as a single entity.

And anything by Haggard, of course.
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Re: Favorite Concept Album(s)
« Reply #174 on: 22 Oct 2011, 07:51 »

The Meads of Asphodel - The Murder of Jesus The Jew
You got a nice one there!

Here's my list:
* Abruptum - Potestates Apocalypsis (even though it doesn't have any lyrics at all, it gives a terrifying vision of the apocalypse and the so called four riders of doom, mostly Noise/Black)
* Ahab - The Call Of The Wretched Sea (Mastodon did the Moby Dick but only lyric-wise, Ahab on the other hand takes the "ocean" atmosphere seriously and makes this album a perfect soundtrack in case you feel like being on a boat dyuring a storm)
* Ahab - The Divinity Of Oceans (About the whaleship Essex, same as above... The atmosphere is brilliant)
* Deathspell Omega Triology (specially Si Monumentum... That album really sounds like you are in a Black mass which was the idea considering the names of the songs and the lyrics)
* Devil Doll - The Girl Who Was...Death (About the series "The Prisoner")
* Mayhem - Grand Declaration Of War (Yes, I think that album IS awesome just like the rest of their discography... A war album but not a blastfest like most metal albums about war... It really explores the tension, hate, and even silence that accompany conflict).
* Opeth - Still Life (A tragic love story)
* Almost every single Pig Destroyer album has some sick concept :P
* Pink Floyd - Animals (Three kinds of persons and of course Animal Farm... Dogs being such a personal song for me, sometimes it really seems like it tells the story of my life)
* Sigur Rós - ( )... It feels like a concept album to me, quite abstract though.
* Ulver - Bergtatt (Quite a cool folk tale of a girl who gets lost in the creepy forest of Norway)
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