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 1 cutewithoutthe, Sat, 11th Dec '10 8:09:08 PM Relationship Status: Star-crossed
Gˇ­berit Nor­ling
Am I the only one who can't help but listen to albums and think up a story in my head? For instance, to me The Beatles album magical Mystery Tour is obviously a sequel to Srgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club, where the "band" goes on tour. Is this weird? Also, what storylines for albums do you have?

 2 Alucard, Sat, 11th Dec '10 9:53:50 PM from Vancouver, BC Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Lazy?
I think The Sickness by Disturbed sounds like a man's descent into insanity. The first few tracks have him being hurt, and later he starts hurting people. He later falls off the slippery slope and has to deal with the repercussions of his actions. By the end his mind is twisted beyond repair.
You're one to talk, Photon Shot

It's how you get by, Ghost Butterfly
Moronic, pretentious fan
The Great Misdirect by Between The Buried And Me is, to me, a concept album about a society of Illuminati taking over the world and a small group escaping their oppressive, Orwellian regime:

  • Mirrors leading into Obfuscation is a sort of overture establishing the setting and themes of society being deceived and misguided.
  • Disease Injury Madness is about the rise of a cult leader who starts to establish control and becomes a key member of the secret society running everything.
  • Fossil Genera is about the secret society and their utter domination over Earth.
  • Desert Of Song - music has been outlawed by the dictators and bureaucrats. A small rebel group heads into the desert to create music, sparking a wish among the oppressed to rise up and escape.
  • Swim To The Moon is the finale in which humanity seeks escape and decides to throw off the shackles of oppression; a wider-scale rebellion begins. (The song's actually about an individual wanting to escape his mundane, controlled life, but I think that whole theme of escape makes for a nice conclusion to the album).

edited 12th Dec '10 10:46:46 AM by AsTheAnointed

Because I choose to.
 4 cutewithoutthe, Sun, 12th Dec '10 3:10:46 PM Relationship Status: Star-crossed
Gˇ­berit Nor­ling
Wooo! Then Im not the only one!!

 5 D Jay 32, Sun, 12th Dec '10 11:16:04 PM from Cornwall Relationship Status: Wanna dance with somebody
Matkaopas
I'm a huuuge fan of rock operas; they're my favourite kind of concept album. So naturally, if I spot any recurring themes or lines in multiple songs, I tend to think it's a story. Like Muse's "The Resistance." I thought it was a 1984-based story with love, drama, action and whatnot, all climaxing with the mini-epic "Exogenesis: Symphony." So it was a disappointment to find that the album was not even a CONCEPT album. =/

Genesis' "Duke" was another example of this, namely thanks to my hearing that it featured "The Duke Suite" on it, and.. I didn't know much about it. So I pondered if maybe the entire album is the story of a Duke, going on travels, meeting a Duchess, watching telly.. things like that. Though the actual Duke Suite is rather interesting, itself.

I know I once thought Dream Theater's "Systematic Chaos" was a rock opera, though that's mostly because of "In the Presence of Enemies" being split into two parts and placed on opposite ends of the album.

I also experienced the inverse effect with Mastodon's "Blood Mountain." I don't care how many times I listen to it; it just doesn't sound like a rock opera. If it's telling a story, it's in fragments, and has no clear ending. Actually, a lot of the parts of the story are unclear. It took me two years to find out what a birchman was, and I must say, I was disappointed.

edited 12th Dec '10 11:16:43 PM by DJay32

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The lyrics for The Resistance were some stupid shit. Not a bad band, but their NWO / Rise Up Brothahs nonsense can be grating.

edited 13th Dec '10 12:30:37 AM by xexyzl

 7 Spa´n Sun, Mon, 13th Dec '10 3:22:18 PM from Somewhere Beyond Here
Laugh it off, everybody
In my mind at least, None Shall Pass is a fragmented story of a society's descent into A World Gone Mad status.
I spread my wings and I learn how to fly....
 8 cutewithoutthe, Mon, 13th Dec '10 4:44:51 PM Relationship Status: Star-crossed
Gˇ­berit Nor­ling
Oh, heres one: All the 30 Second to mars albums are a slow Heel Face Turn for a villian protagonist. hes a villian in the first album, a neutral hunter in the second album, and a hero for the third album.

 9 Mike K, Mon, 13th Dec '10 5:41:33 PM from planet earth Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
3 microphones forever
I tried to do this with Skylarking by XTC (while it's not an actual concept album, they definitely paired off certain songs thematically): it'd be about how a couple's relationship changes as paralleled by the seasons. Thing is, the last handful of songs don't really make sense with that in mind, unless I really put on my wild mass guess hat on and posit that in the end they divorce ("Another Satelite"), he starts doubting himself ("The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul") and raging against the heavens ("Dear God", because I can't even begin to think how "Mermaid Smiled" would fit into that), then the next time he sees her, she's on her death bed ("Dying"), and he, um... becomes a pagan ("Sacrificial Bonfire")? or maybe just takes comfort in how his ancestors viewed change?

edited 21st Aug '12 11:45:21 PM by MikeK

 10 Meta Four, Mon, 13th Dec '10 5:47:21 PM from the house of bread and battle
haha
Word of Mouth by John Reuben is the story of a rapper from blue-collar roots with aspirations of superstardom. As years pass and fame continues to elude him, he resents those who do succeed, and becomes increasingly aware that his own chances of success diminish with every year. Finally he gives up... then realizes that it's all a matter of perspective, that he can still have a happy ending without being a superstar.
 11 cutewithoutthe, Mon, 13th Dec '10 5:55:55 PM Relationship Status: Star-crossed
Gˇ­berit Nor­ling
Many of you may dislike Fall Out Boy, but all of their albums collected together can be read as a band's actual legacy (like IRL), but with a lot of drama and stuff. Their first album was when they were just starting in High School, the second one was when they actually started getting attention, their third one was when they started enjoying the benefits of superstardom, the fourth one was when backlash began setting in from them selling out, and the last album was a big Fuck You to the industry. At least, thats how I remember it when i listened to them...

edited 13th Dec '10 5:56:44 PM by cutewithoutthe

 12 Meta Four, Mon, 13th Dec '10 6:00:56 PM from the house of bread and battle
haha
I read a review once that interpreted Woven Hand's Blush Music as a retelling of the myth of Orpheus. Which is funny, because Blush Music actually is a soundtrack, but for a stage show that, from what I read, had nothing to do with Orpheus.
The Prodigal Returns
I like to think of Streetcleaner as the misanthropic thought processes of a Travis Bickle type figure. The title track is where the character enacts his spree kill/act of vigilante justice.
Aww, did I hurt your widdle fee-fees?
 14 pagad, Tue, 14th Dec '10 10:25:45 AM from perfidious Albion Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Sneering Imperialist
Opeth's Ghost Reveries was originally supposed to be a concept album, and some of it can still be treated as such. I still like to pretend it's all linked together properly.

Typhoid and swans - it all comes from the same place.
 15 cutewithoutthe, Tue, 14th Dec '10 12:09:30 PM Relationship Status: Star-crossed
Gˇ­berit Nor­ling
[up] Thats what i do with Say Anything's album, Is a Real Boy, and Was a Real Boy

 16 Wicked 223, Tue, 14th Dec '10 5:02:57 PM from Death Star in the forest
In my mind at least, None Shall Pass is a fragmented story of a society's descent into A World Gone Mad status.

Interesting. You mind explaining further?
You can't even write racist abuse in excrement on somebody's car without the politically correct brigade jumping down your throat!
 17 Yon Troper, Thu, 16th Dec '10 9:38:18 PM from [DATA EXPUNGED]
Dropout w/ bong in hand
Deftones' White Pony. It starts with a rebel at school ("Back to School"), who is kidnapped and put in bondage ("Feiticiera"), murders his kidnappers ("Digital Bath"), and runs away with a reversed viewpoint due to his broken mind ("Elite"). Once he's home, he gets into a relationship due to his now "normal" view ("RX Queen"), but the girl goes psychopathic and he doesn't want to talk to her any more ("Street Carp"), and he moves away and leaves her sad ("Teenager"). She throws a fetish party and tries to kill him ("Knife Party"). However, he escapes into a strip club ("Korea"). Someone helps him attempt to escape, not knowing who he is, and he blindly trusts him ("Passenger"), but when he finds out who he used to be he turns him away ("Change in the House of Flies"). His mind breaks again and he turns into a psychopath as well, reflecting on his former personality ("Pink Maggit").

A bit broken, disjointed and nonsensical perhaps, but it's kind of a storyline.
Insert vaguely inspirational quote here.
 18 cutewithoutthe, Sat, 18th Dec '10 9:06:40 PM Relationship Status: Star-crossed
Gˇ­berit Nor­ling
Oh!! Another good one would be Taking Back Sunday's and Brand New's first albums. Both of them, being rivaling bands and albums(literally; look it up, the history behind those two bands could make up movie material), the two albums Tell All Your Friends and Your Favorie Weapon could be two different viewpoints of a senior and a sophmore, with TBS's guy not getting the girl, and BN's guy not even wanting the girl.

 19 Spa´n Sun, Sun, 19th Dec '10 11:58:25 AM from Somewhere Beyond Here
Laugh it off, everybody
Interesting. You mind explaining further?

Well, I don't know what else to say, really. [lol]

I'll try to expand later if I can.
I spread my wings and I learn how to fly....
Call me Lappsed
I have tried justifeying the fact I like infamous Lil Wayne album Rebirth by interprating it as the story of a Playa who fall's in love, get's dumped and grevies until finnaly getting big as a musican and moving past it to the point of being able to call her a bitch

edited 16th Jun '11 12:50:15 AM by Lapsedtreker

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 21 cutewithoutthe, Thu, 16th Jun '11 12:06:56 PM Relationship Status: Star-crossed
Gˇ­berit Nor­ling
^_^ Indeed.

Say Anything's In Defense of the Genre HAS to be about two sides clashing; religion vs. no religion, old ways vs. new ways, love vs. hate, ect. ect.

And I love my old threads!

edited 16th Jun '11 12:07:09 PM by cutewithoutthe

Beacons by Cloudkicker has never claimed to be a Concept Album (or at least, Ben Sharp hasn't said anything to that effect), but given the song titles and the general atmospheres he creates, it's very hard not to imagine the album in the context of the crew of some kind of spacecraft or aircraft facing danger in uncharted territory.

A wand with a silencer on it. Why?
A lot of Pink Floyd's albums play like stories for me, even besides the obvious The Wall and Animals.

Right now Atom Heart Mother seems to me like the story of one band's stop in a town, wherein after performing a few songs, one member has a one night stand with a local (The title song represents the performance followed by the act of lovemaking). Afterwards, the songs "If" and "Summer '68" represent the regret said member has of making one-night stands ("If I were a good man, I'd talk with you more often than I do, " "Tomorrow brings another town, another girl like you"), and the song "Fat Old Sun" represents the woman's answer to the question ("How do you feel?") repeatedly posed by the musician; in stark contrast, the girl found the encounter to be something magical (asking the musician to "sing to [her]" in a contented, almost ethereal tone). The final song is what it is; a recording of a roadie making breakfast as the band shoves off again.

Ummagumma (studio disk) feels to me like the stages of grief at learning of one's own upcoming death, followed by a period of introspection and enjoying the last days of one's life. "Sisyphus" are the stages up until "acceptance, " which comes with the line "Icy wind of night, be gone, this is not your domain" in "Grantchester Meadows." Roger Waters' next song consists mostly of incomprehensible syllables followed by a rambling speech in a heavy Irish tongue, although clearly ending with the line "and the wind cried back..." which serves as an opening to the more "philosophical" song "The Narrow Way" and finally to the slightly nonsensical and very carefree sounding "Grand Vizier's Garden Party, " which can symbolize simply cherishing one's final moments of life.

I usually imagine a story with Dark Side of the Moon and The Final Cut as well, sometimes Wish You were Here, but I think my post may verge on Wall of Text anyway :P

edited 16th Jun '11 10:57:47 PM by DoctorDiabolical

Amanda Palmer's Who Killed Amanda Palmer? could be about a woman who has the ability to see events in other people's lives in the role of an omniscient narrator, mostly people with messed-up lives ("Runs in the Family", "Strength Through Music", "Oasis", "The Point of It All".) After witnessing the school shooting in "Strength Through Music", she has a breakdown in the next two songs. At the end, "Another Year", she returns to her own life for good, and is unsure what to do with it because she's seen all these other people's lives turn to shit.

edited 21st Aug '12 3:45:05 PM by professorquirrell19

ů one day all of us will die but ľ a this is the important thing ľ we are not dead yet. —- You are not allowed to hire a butt assassin!
Proud Canadian
I like to think of The Who's Tommy, Quadrophenia, and By Numbers as one big story.

Tommy's son is Jimmy, and Jimmy has a midlife crisis in By Numbers.
If you don't like a single Frank Ocean song, you have no soul.
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