Created By: Schroeder on August 4, 2011 Last Edited By: Schroeder on September 5, 2017

Breakup Album

Album an artist writes which deals with a breakup or divorce.

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An example of Real Life Writes the Plot, where an artist write an album largely (or entirely) dealing with the demise of a relationship. It can show Creator Breakdown or Anti Love Songs, depending on the artist's feelings.

Examples include:

  • Blue Moves by Elton John, many songs of which concern lyricist Bernie Taupin's divorce from first wife Maxine Feibelmann.
  • Minstrel In The Gallery by Jethro Tull, partly about bandleader Ian Anderson's divorce from first wife Jennie.
  • Breakout by Miley Cyrus, largely about her breakup with first boyfriend Nick Jonas.
  • Face Value by Phil Collins, concerning his divorce to first wife Andrea Bertollini.
  • Us by Peter Gabriel, dealing with his divorce from first wife Jill, breakup with girlfriend Rosanna Arquette, and broken relations with his children.
  • Walls And Bridges by John Lennon, with songs about a separation from Yoko Ono.
Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • August 4, 2011
    Not even an example to get this ill-advised trope rolling? I vote against another subjective trope that lacks any underlying meaning for the study of fiction.
  • August 4, 2011
    OK, I changed it to a new subject. With examples! :D
  • August 4, 2011
    Supposedly Prefuse 73's album One Word Extinguisher was produced and recorded during, and after, a painful breakup Guillermo Scott Herren had gone through.
  • August 4, 2011
    All-American Rejects' first album was like this.
  • August 4, 2011
    Does it have to be a whole album? George Harrison sang a cover of "Bye Bye Love" with new lyrics regarding his wife leaving him for Eric Clapton. Rumor had it that Clapton played guitar on the song and his ex sang backing vocals.
  • August 5, 2011
    The Absolte King of this trope is Here, My Dear by Marvin Gaye: a partion of the profits went to his ex-wife as a condition of their divorce, hence the title. Lots of heart-wrenching break-up songs, and it sold gangbusters, which must have been rather bittersweet for both of them.

    Other examples: Blood on the Tracks by Bob Dylan, after his marriage fell apart; I believe Rumors by Fleetwood Mack and Tragic Kingdom from No Doubt qualify as well, but I don't know the details.
  • August 5, 2011
    Marillion's Misplaced Childhood starts out as yet another song about lead singer/lyricist Fish's breakup with his girlfriend, but then expands that into an exploration of the way it's affected his entire life.
  • August 5, 2011
    • "I'm Still Here" by Pink. Several songs concern her separation from husband Corey Hart. They have since reconciled and had their first child together.
  • August 5, 2011
    One of the nastiest examples for this trope was "Here, My Dear" by Marvin Gaye, recorded just to cover alimony and divorce-related bills.
  • August 6, 2011
    • The Visitors by ABBA handles the separation of both the marriages within the bend and of the band itself.
  • November 24, 2011
    I'm bumping this, I think there's a trope here; can someone else handle Rolling Updates?
  • November 24, 2011
  • November 24, 2011
    • OK Go's Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky came out of Damian's divorce.
  • November 24, 2011
    Fleetwood Mac's Rumours would qualify, as 4 members of the band broke up with each other, and laid their souls bare on the album in question.
  • November 24, 2011
    Limp Bizkit has Significant Other.
  • November 24, 2011
    • Tunnel of Love from Bruce Springsteen. The album was centered around his dissolving marriage with then-wife Julianne Phillips.
  • November 24, 2011
    You sure this couldn't have a different title - like "Creator Breakup" (riffing, of course, on its larger super-trope, Creator Breakdown)?
  • November 24, 2011
    Maroon Five's Songs About Jane. Oddly enough, it was their mainstream debut and considered by many to be their best album.
  • September 5, 2017
    More in-universe, but Lorde's "Melodrama", and Justin Timberlake's "Justified" and "The 20/20 Experience, 2 of 2".