Kris's Top 10 Concept Albums




A concept album is a collection of tracks that work together to tell a story or theme, or to illustrate a point or idea. It's a pretty loose term - some albums may have been written explicitly as a concept albums, where some may just include reoccurring themes or motifs. 

In any case, they're really fun to explore, and they add a new dimension to a listening experience. Here's a few interesting/well known ones and some of my favourites too.

- Kris

  1. "American Idiot" by Green Day (2004) - This album tells the story of a character named "Jesus of Suburbia" as he struggles to find his place in the world, exploring themes of disillusionment and political activism.

  2. "Kid A" by Radiohead (2000) - This album explores themes of technology, alienation, and the human experience, with a focus on the impact of modern society on the individual.

  3. "Crack the Skye" by Mastodon (2009) - This album explores the themes of spirituality, mortality, and the afterlife, with a focus on the story of a paraplegic boy who astral projects into outer space.

  4. "10,000 Days" by Tool (2006) - This album explores the themes of spirituality, psychedelia, and personal growth, with a focus on the emotional journey of frontman Maynard James Keenan.

  5. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by The Beatles (1967)  - This album presents a fictional band, the titular Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, who perform a series of diverse songs.

  6. Basically everything in their discography - Coheed and Cambria. All of their albums except 2015's "The Colour Before The Sun" are concept albums based on a sweeping science fiction storyline, which has also been adapted into comic books and novels.

  7. "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" by Nightwish (2015) - This album explores the themes of science, evolution, and the natural world, with a focus on the beauty and complexity of life.

  8. "Scenes From a Memory" by Dream Theater (1999) - This album tells the story of a man named Nicholas who experiences vivid dreams about a woman named Victoria, leading him on a journey of self-discovery and redemption.

  9. "Songs for the Deaf" by Queens of the Stone Age (2002) - This is a loose concept album that puts the listener in a car during a road trip, tuning into radio stations from small towns on their drive from the desert of California to Los Angeles. 

  10. "Vulnicura" by Björk (2015) - a deeply personal album about her breakup with her long time partner. The album is a chronological retelling of the emotional journey Björk went through during the course of their relationship, with each song representing a different phase of the breakup.

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