Rock Opera – Storytelling Through Albums
You always remember that first song by your favorite band and it can never get old. So much so that after a while all the other songs fade into the background and that one song stays with you forever.
For me it was Green Day's Jesus of Suburbia, an epic 9-minute track introducing you to a character albeit not like we have seen but could relate to at some points.
But what about this character? What is his purpose in the album? Why an entire 9 minutes to describe him and his life?
Because of the amazing concept called Rock Opera, this concept has existed all throughout ages of rock music. Bands like Pink Floyd, The Who and many others have been pioneers of this idea and have told us some amazing stories through their albums.
One personal favorite is Green Day's American Idiot. 13 songs all with a different pace, feel and emotion throughout the album, narrating one single story. It is a simple story of a broken home and a kid who wants to rebel, he runs away from home looking to make it big in the city only to face hardships and return home like the prodigal son. It made me feel angry, sad, happy, nostalgic and a lot more.
It is pure magic when a band can tell you a story and have some brilliant music do the talking.
Have a listen and tell us what you think.
Article by - Neville Mathews
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