Category Archives: concept albums

A Hellish Chorus: Social Criticism in Thick as a Brick

Originally posted on Analysis of Variance:
December 8th, 2008 At first exposure, Jethro Tull’s 44-minute song Thick as a Brick may seem to be filled with nothing more than a bizarre and incomprehensible string of lyrics. Ian Anderson called it…

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Wordcount, structures and helping hands.

Yesterday I engaged in a very helpful discussion with Jason, a friend of mine from the Media Objects Lab. While our research areas are rather different, we have realized throughout the semester that there is still a great deal of … Continue reading

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Geared towards the Average AND the Exceptional?

Early in Side B of Jethro Tull’s 1972 concept album Thick as a Brick, a faint voice, that of bassist Jeffrey Hammond Hammond, can be heard uttering the words: “we will be geared toward the average rather than the exceptional”. … Continue reading

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Vinyl’s comeback

I am realising more and more just how significant the vinyl record is within my discussion of ‘concept albums’, and how certain concept albums released in the 60s, 70s and 80s utilised the vinyl’s extra-musical properties (such as the large … Continue reading

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Writing time

The task of writing a thesis is certainly proving to be one of deep involvement and immersion.. Thankfully, my passion for music is being integrated in my studies of the concept album. I’m finding that i can’t go for a … Continue reading

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Crossroads: new media vs artistic expression

Another blog post is necessary at the minute, as I have found myself at a serious trajectorial crossroads (you’ve got to love invented words). Last week in my media objects lab class, I prepared a ‘four sentence abstract’ for my … Continue reading

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The case of Radiohead: concept albums 90s style

I’ve been reading a 2006 paper investigating the ‘canon of pop and rock albums’, by Von Appen and Doehring. In their paper, they provide a ‘meta-list’ of the greatest albums of all time, which compiles the results of 38 lists … Continue reading

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