We fil­ter out the Brit­pop to find the decade’s most am­bi­tious prog mas­ter­works.

Prog - - Intro -

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.

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