10 GREAT CONCEPT ALBUMS OF THE 90s
We filter out the Britpop to find the decade’s most ambitious prog masterworks.
If you believe the history books, the concept album was deader than a dodo in the 1990s. while the great beasts of prog’s golden era – thick as a brick, tales from topographic oceans, the lamb lies down on broadway et al – were a distant memory,
there were still contemporary outliers willing to hitch complex, intelligent music
to rich narratives or thematic spines. marillion’s brave stands as the high-water mark of the 90s prog concept album – a key link between Pink floyd’s the wall 15 years earlier and radiohead’s oK computer, released just three years later. but they were far from alone in repurposing this grand musical tradition for the decade of grunge, britpop and nu-metal, as our pick of
the 10 best 1990s concept albums proves.