History GrowingTheBeard / Music

23rd Aug '16 6:51:52 AM 3rdStringPG
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* Filipino rock band '''Razorback''' was, for the most part, an {{Expy}} of the legendary Juan Dela Cruz Band in their 1995 debut album ''Hebigat Sounds Vol. 1'', thanks to their classic rock-influenced sound. While that was a critical and commercial success, the band would start growing some musical stubble in the second album ''Beggar's Moon'', before growing a full-blown Beard in the third album ''Star'', where the '70s-style backbone were still there, albeit complemented with more contemporary musical influences.

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* Filipino rock band '''Razorback''' Razorback was, for the most part, an {{Expy}} of the legendary Juan Dela Cruz Band in their 1995 debut album ''Hebigat Sounds Vol. 1'', thanks to their classic rock-influenced sound. While that was a critical and commercial success, the band would start growing some musical stubble in the second album ''Beggar's Moon'', before growing a full-blown Beard in the third album ''Star'', where the '70s-style backbone were still there, albeit complemented with more contemporary musical influences.
23rd Aug '16 6:50:37 AM 3rdStringPG
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* Filipino rock band '''Razorback''' was, for the most part, an {{Expy}} of the legendary Juan Dela Cruz Band in their 1995 debut album ''Hebigat Sounds Vol. 1'', thanks to their classic rock-influenced sound. While that was a critical and commercial success, the band would start growing some musical stubble in the second album ''Beggar's Moon'', before growing a full-blown Beard in the third album ''Star'', where the '70s-style backbone were still there, albeit complemented with more contemporary musical influences.
4th Aug '16 1:02:09 PM TimeLordVictorious
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* Music/TearsForFears' first album, ''The Hurting'', was well-received, but their second album, ''Songs From the Big Chair'', received lots of favorable reviews, is their best-selling album to date, and features three of their most popular songs, those being Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Shout, and Head Over Heels, with the former two songs being their most well-known and their [[SignatureSong signature songs]].
21st Jun '16 8:00:28 PM gewunomox
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* While ''Music/{{Paranoid}}'' (1970) is Music/BlackSabbath's greatest commercial success, hardcore fans see ''Master Of Reality'' (1971) as where they hit their stride, in-part due to the band achieving a heaviness the likes of which had never been seen at the time, influencing many metal bands in the process. The band would continue their artistic and commercial success, reaching a peak with ''Sabotage'' (1975), and then a DorkAge followed by a ''second'' Beard in 1980 with the arrival of RonnieJamesDio and ''Heaven And Hell''.

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* While ''Music/{{Paranoid}}'' (1970) is Music/BlackSabbath's greatest commercial success, hardcore fans see ''Master Of Reality'' (1971) as where they hit their stride, in-part due to the band achieving a heaviness the likes of which had never been seen at the time, influencing many metal bands in the process. The band would continue their artistic and commercial success, reaching a peak with ''Sabotage'' (1975), and then a DorkAge followed by a ''second'' Beard in 1980 with the arrival of RonnieJamesDio Music/RonnieJamesDio and ''Heaven And Hell''.
17th Jun '16 7:29:50 PM gewunomox
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* Depending on who you ask, DeepPurple grew the beard either with their self-titled third album, which perfected their brand of psychedelia, or with ''Music/DeepPurpleInRock'', which shifted the band into hard rock territory and brought vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover into the band.

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* Depending on who you ask, DeepPurple Music/DeepPurple grew the beard either with their self-titled third album, which perfected their brand of psychedelia, or with ''Music/DeepPurpleInRock'', which shifted the band into hard rock territory and brought vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover into the band.
10th Jun '16 9:03:45 PM Doug86
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* Music/{{Tool}} had always had a distinct sound. Their first official release was the EP ''Opiate'' in 1992. It was a heavy, rhythm-oriented hard-rock album that gave us the first taste of Tool's heavy-bass sound. Their second album (and first full-length), ''Undertow'', was released in 1996. It was still bass-heavy hard rock, but not quite as heavy, and with a more melody-oriented tone with longer songs on average. By ''Ænima'', they shifted full-blown in to a very distinct, melody-oriented hard rock band. They became more progressive rock oriented with longer songs. Their next three releases (''Salival'', ''Lateralus'' and ''10,000 Days'') were an even further shift, and those three albums sound most similar to each other. While the post-''Ænima'' albums represent their current sound, the album itself is probably where the band had fully grown their beard out.

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* Music/{{Tool}} had always had a distinct sound. Their first official release was the EP ''Opiate'' in 1992. It was a heavy, rhythm-oriented hard-rock album that gave us the first taste of Tool's heavy-bass sound. Their second album (and first full-length), ''Undertow'', was released in 1996. It was still bass-heavy hard rock, but not quite as heavy, and with a more melody-oriented tone with longer songs on average. By ''Ænima'', ''[=Æ=]nima'', they shifted full-blown in to a very distinct, melody-oriented hard rock band. They became more progressive rock oriented with longer songs. Their next three releases (''Salival'', ''Lateralus'' and ''10,000 Days'') were an even further shift, and those three albums sound most similar to each other. While the post-''Ænima'' post-''[=Æ=]nima'' albums represent their current sound, the album itself is probably where the band had fully grown their beard out.
27th May '16 4:42:51 AM erforce
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* With ''Blackout'', Dropkick Murphys moved toward a more melodic, folk-influenced sound, more distinct from the rest of the Boston hardcore scene. This is the album that cracked the American market at large, after years of local fame.
** Their real popularity started when the mainstream heard Dropkick Murphys later on because of ''I'm Shipping Up to Boston'', featured in TheDeparted and now a trope in itself in Boston sports. This popularity had nothing to do with the musicianship beard they had started with ''Blackout''.

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* With ''Blackout'', Dropkick Murphys Music/DropkickMurphys moved toward a more melodic, folk-influenced sound, more distinct from the rest of the Boston hardcore scene. This is the album that cracked the American market at large, after years of local fame.
** Their real popularity started when the mainstream heard Dropkick Murphys later on because of ''I'm "I'm Shipping Up to Boston'', Boston", featured in TheDeparted ''Film/TheDeparted'' and now a trope in itself in Boston sports. This popularity had nothing to do with the musicianship beard they had started with ''Blackout''.
7th Feb '16 7:43:03 PM nombretomado
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* Music/PearlJam's first two albums, ''Music/TenAlbum'' and ''Vs'', were popular with critics and fans, but their third album, ''Vitalogy'', is seen as this, as it's when they started to get more experimental and cerebral.

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* Music/PearlJam's first two albums, ''Music/TenAlbum'' ''{{Music/Ten}}'' and ''Vs'', were popular with critics and fans, but their third album, ''Vitalogy'', is seen as this, as it's when they started to get more experimental and cerebral.
6th Feb '16 12:43:57 PM Freshmeat
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** It took 9 more years until they've released the widely acclaimed magnum opus ''The Soft Bulletin''. Their NINTH album.

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** It took 9 more years until they've released the widely acclaimed magnum opus ''The Soft Bulletin''. Their NINTH album.



* Music/NeutralMilkHotel was already a fairly accomplished band, but they really grew the beard in 1998 with ''In the Aeroplane Over the Sea''. Unfortunately, lead singer/songwriter Jeff Mangum suffered CreatorBreakdown and their MagnumOpus would be their last album as well. [[CareerResurrection Or would it?]]

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* Music/NeutralMilkHotel was already a fairly accomplished band, but they really grew the beard in 1998 with ''In the Aeroplane Over the Sea''. Unfortunately, lead singer/songwriter Jeff Mangum suffered CreatorBreakdown and their MagnumOpus it would be their last album as well. [[CareerResurrection Or would it?]]



* Music/FrankSinatra began his career as a TeenIdol, singing SillyLoveSongs that appealed to young girls through the late 1940s and early 1950s. But then, in 1955, he recorded ''Music/InTheWeeSmallHours'', a ConceptAlbum consisting of plaintive ballads about [[DarkerAndEdgier loneliness and heartbreak]], which was both musically and lyrically much more mature than his previous output. It's still considered his MagnumOpus, and signaled to the world his ability to take on anything.

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* Music/FrankSinatra began his career as a TeenIdol, singing SillyLoveSongs that appealed to young girls through the late 1940s and early 1950s. But then, in 1955, he recorded ''Music/InTheWeeSmallHours'', a ConceptAlbum consisting of plaintive ballads about [[DarkerAndEdgier loneliness and heartbreak]], which was both musically and lyrically much more mature than his previous output. It's still considered his MagnumOpus, and It signaled to the world his ability to take on anything.



* Music/SimpleMinds did this with ''Empires And Dance'', where the band's music became more Music/{{Kraftwerk}} influenced and Jim Kerr took on a more militant vocal style. The band also replaced the arpeggiated organ sound featured on their first two albums with more sparse synths, and focused more on the interplay between bass and drums. The previous album's Premonition shows an early example of this. The band got more progressive for Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call and slightly poppier for New Gold Dream, which is often held to be their MagnumOpus.

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* Music/SimpleMinds did this with ''Empires And Dance'', where the band's music became more Music/{{Kraftwerk}} influenced and Jim Kerr took on a more militant vocal style. The band also replaced the arpeggiated organ sound featured on their first two albums with more sparse synths, and focused more on the interplay between bass and drums. The previous album's Premonition shows an early example of this. The band got more progressive for Sons And Fascination/Sister Feelings Call and slightly poppier for New Gold Dream, which is often held to be their MagnumOpus.Dream.



* Music/{{Tool}} had always had a distinct sound. Their first official release was the EP ''Opiate'' in 1992. It was a heavy, rhythm-oriented hard-rock album that gave us the first taste of Tool's heavy-bass sound. Their second album (and first full-length), ''Undertow'', was released in 1996. It was still bass-heavy hard rock, but not quite as heavy, and with a more melody-oriented tone with longer songs on average. ''Ænima'' is widely considered by fans to be their MagnumOpus. By then, they shifted full-blown in to a very distinct, melody-oriented hard rock band. They became more progressive rock oriented with longer songs. Their next three releases (''Salival'', ''Lateralus'' and ''10,000 Days'') were an even further shift, and those three albums sound most similar to each other. While the post-''Ænima'' albums represent their current sound, the album itself is probably where the band had fully grown their beard out.

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* Music/{{Tool}} had always had a distinct sound. Their first official release was the EP ''Opiate'' in 1992. It was a heavy, rhythm-oriented hard-rock album that gave us the first taste of Tool's heavy-bass sound. Their second album (and first full-length), ''Undertow'', was released in 1996. It was still bass-heavy hard rock, but not quite as heavy, and with a more melody-oriented tone with longer songs on average. ''Ænima'' is widely considered by fans to be their MagnumOpus. By then, ''Ænima'', they shifted full-blown in to a very distinct, melody-oriented hard rock band. They became more progressive rock oriented with longer songs. Their next three releases (''Salival'', ''Lateralus'' and ''10,000 Days'') were an even further shift, and those three albums sound most similar to each other. While the post-''Ænima'' albums represent their current sound, the album itself is probably where the band had fully grown their beard out.



* Music/{{Yes}} began growing one when guitarist Steve Howe joined in time for their third album (''The Yes Album''), where his presence led the band to delve further into longer compositions such as "Yours Is No Disgrace" and "Starship Trooper". It continued into sessions for the fourth album (''Fragile''), with Hammond organ addict Tony Kaye being replaced by classically-trained synthesizer wizard Rick Wakeman, who was also experienced in longer compositions. It was then topped off by a change of image directed by their record company, abandoning off-the-wall graphics and gurning mug shots in favour of a more chilled and mature presentation, including gatefold sleeves, printed lyrics, and pictures of their homes, families and instrument collections. The band's original sleeve concept for ''Fragile'' (a broken china plate with the title on) was rejected, and they were introduced to artist/designer Roger Dean, who designed the iconic "fragile planet" sleeve along with their logo and many of their subsequent album sleeves and stage sets. The album after ''Fragile'', ''Close to the Edge'', not only is regarded as the MagnumOpus of the band but is often regarded as the magnum opus of ''all of ProgressiveRock'' (it is the highest rated album on Prog Archives, and has been for years).

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* Music/{{Yes}} began growing one when guitarist Steve Howe joined in time for their third album (''The Yes Album''), where his presence led the band to delve further into longer compositions such as "Yours Is No Disgrace" and "Starship Trooper". It continued into sessions for the fourth album (''Fragile''), with Hammond organ addict Tony Kaye being replaced by classically-trained synthesizer wizard Rick Wakeman, who was also experienced in longer compositions. It was then topped off by a change of image directed by their record company, abandoning off-the-wall graphics and gurning mug shots in favour of a more chilled and mature presentation, including gatefold sleeves, printed lyrics, and pictures of their homes, families and instrument collections. The band's original sleeve concept for ''Fragile'' (a broken china plate with the title on) was rejected, and they were introduced to artist/designer Roger Dean, who designed the iconic "fragile planet" sleeve along with their logo and many of their subsequent album sleeves and stage sets. The album after ''Fragile'', ''Close to the Edge'', not only is regarded as the MagnumOpus of the band but is often regarded as the magnum opus of ''all of ProgressiveRock'' (it is the highest rated album on Prog Archives, and has been for years).
4th Feb '16 7:43:26 PM Hossmeister
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* Music/PearlJam's first two albums, ''Music/{{Ten}}'' and ''Vs'', were popular with critics and fans, but their third album, ''Vitalogy'', is seen as this, as it's when they started to get more experimental and cerebral.

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* Music/PearlJam's first two albums, ''Music/{{Ten}}'' ''Music/TenAlbum'' and ''Vs'', were popular with critics and fans, but their third album, ''Vitalogy'', is seen as this, as it's when they started to get more experimental and cerebral.
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