I've been a fan of music for over a decade. I've reached and explored the depths of Hip Hop, Heavy Metal, Classical music, Hard Rock, and enjoyed some Pop, Reggae and Electronica on the side, on my journey through musical creativity. I appreciate and enjoy almost everything about all these genres. The vocals and lyricism of this rapper, the complex guitar patterns of that band, the atmosphere created by that duo, and the catchiness of this pop singer.
But one thing that for the life of me I've never been able to understand or swallow, is the myriad of "concept albums" with "thematic and meaningful album art" and "interrelated tracks that express an idea or paint a picture." I've listened to so many of these, and the lyrics and "artistic style of self-expression" that the music is supposed to deliver, is always lost on me. Pink Floyd is one of my 10 favorite bands, but they come to mind so much when it comes to this stupid nonsense.
The problem for me is that when you put on the music and listen, you hear great instruments and a good singer who's saying RANDOM WORDS that sound well together. But then you go read about the album, and you discover it's about a dude who was raped and went on a killing spree until he found his soulmate and became a barber. HOW THE FUCK?
The latest example that broke my camel's back is Stone Sour's House of Gold & Bones. The instrumental vibe is refreshing, Slipknot dude's vocals are energetic as always, , but he's saying random ass shit. Then I went on Wikipedia and read about the album's story which I couldn't find, see or hear in the goddamn lyrics. Where is it then? How do I learn this story if not through these mediocre but very well done 4-minute-a-piece songs with random ass yet catchy lyrics? If you've listened to the album, go and have your mind blown by this enormous Wikipedia plot summary that came out of nowhere.
I've also finished reading Nineteen Eighty Four a few days ago, and I read that Radiohead's 2 + 2 = 5 pays homage to the book. I listened to the song and read the lyrics. How the FUCK is that, admittedly musical masterpiece, but of random words, related to Orwell's novel?
Please prove me wrong and provide ONE concept album that actually has interrelated tracks with a clear-enough message conveyed through artistic lyricism and an album cover that is RELATED to that content, and not just a pretentious modern art scribble.