From The Beatles to The Beastie Boys, bands love to make concept albums – they’re like rock’s equivalent of the novel. But for listeners, all those characters and plot points can sometimes feel indulgent. Today, critics throw the concept album into the ring for a Soundcheck Smackdown. Plus: a live performance from the country-folk duo The Civil Wars.
Listeners: What do you think? Are concept albums ingenious or indulgent? Leave a comment.