This whole singles vs. album thing keeps coming up in conversations, blogs, articles, etc…
Heavy and I were having a heated Sunday-pint-and-brunch debate on the concept of the album. His argument was that an Album is work of art all on its own. It’s a statement of where the artist is at during a given state of time. It should be listened to front-to-back.
I thought about it and couldn’t name more than a few entire albums which I really loved. At first I thought, “maybe, I’m not a big enough music fan.” Then I realized the obvious. Most albums are full of filler.
The songs that make-up the album are what matter. You love an album because most, if not all the songs are great.
I’m going through an old music discovery revolution and absorbing music from all these older artists through YouTube. I don’t even know what albums a lot of these songs belong to. Frankly, I don’t care, because it’s the songs that matter to me, not the album.
I put together my own Beatles playlist (yes I know I’m a little late to the party, but I’m here now) on YouTube for work. I have “And I love her”, “Day Tripper”, “Norwegian Wood”, “A Day in The Life”, “You’ve gotta hide your love away”, “Your Mother Should Know, “For No One”, “Blackbird”, “We Can Work It Out”, “Magical Mystery Tour’, “Nowhere Man”, “It’s too much”, and a bunch more. Those all come from different albums, but to me, they work perfect together.
I can maybe understand Pink Floyd and the idea of the concept album. Then there’s a reason to listen to the album front-to-back. There’s a story that is connected by the songs or at least trips you out when you watch Wizard of Oz while listening to it. Even with a concept album, the songs still have to be good to have impact.
It’s all about the songs. Not the album.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_pgcapIisc]
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