The Art of the Album: Introduction

The Art of the Album

Ever since the release of albums such as Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and Pet Sounds  in the mid-1960’s, musicians have paid close attention to how an album is crafted. Prior to these iconic albums, it was popular for artists to put a number of singles together on a record and call it an album.  Once the Beatles and the Beach Boys left their mark on the music industry, artists began to carefully choose which songs are appropriate, to give the album a certain tone.  Some musicians even went as far as to create albums that told a story or portrayed a certain concept, which is where we get the terms “rock opera” and “concept album.” To this day artists are carefully crafting their albums to make them more than just a group of songs put together.

Throughout the course of our lives, we have all found that one album that can be listened to time and time again. For some that album can be a little piece of nostalgia that reminds you of some of the best times of your life, such as Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), Rumors (1977) by Fleetwood Mac, or Dr. Dre’s The Chronic (1992). For others, a memorable album could consist of “bangers” or songs whose melodies are so infectious that you can’t help but stop what you’re doing “get into it.” For some “getting into it” can look like a simple toe tap, for others screaming at the top of your lungs, and for some it means pulling over to the side of the road and dancing until you accidentally hit the horn and act like nothing happened.  Albums such as Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1982), Discovery (2001) by Daft Punk, or Kanye West’s groundbreaking album Yeezus (2013) could very well have that effect on you. No matter what your reason, when you find a good album, you can’t help but listen to it over and over again.

For the young twenty-something, it can be difficult to find the time to sit down and actually listen to an album, especially when music is being released at such a rapid rate. Here at BeerSpit, our goal is to help you stay informed on what is happening in the world of music, and if there’s an album worthwhile being released that has been receiving some critical acclaim, we want to make sure that it’s on your radar. Be sure to log onto BeerSpit to see and hear what the end of the week has in store for the world’s newest album releases.