Alexander O'Neal: "Hearsay"

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Listening to this newly purchased vintage album (indeed, I do like some soul music too) made me wonder:

Was this the album that started the "mock concept album" trend that is still very much alive in hip-hop and contemporary R&B?
I mean, the way the album is put together, all the tracks are segued into each other, only interrupted by a bunch of people pretending to have a party. Janet Jackson and TLC, plus a zillion hip-hop acts, have later built their albums in the same way, within genres that are basically about as far from the ideals of prog rock as you may possibly get.

I do realise that particularly Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye were making concept albums in the 70s, but the idea of the concept album still seemed quite stone dead in most genres, but particularly R&B, by the mid 80s.

So, again, was "Hearsay" the first of these, or were there other "mock concept albums" within contemporary R&B or hip-hop before it?

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Saturday, 15 November 2003 03:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

So it was the first one, then?

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Saturday, 15 November 2003 19:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Look, all you wanna do is criticize.

its me again ! (its me again !), Sunday, 16 November 2003 17:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

eleven years pass...

Top ten of all time for me. "Sunshine" -- oof.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:33 (three years ago) Permalink

best album ever

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:36 (three years ago) Permalink

LOVE JUST BLOWS YOUR MIND

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:42 (three years ago) Permalink

Perfect plane music.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:42 (three years ago) Permalink

"criticize" and "sunshine" are my favs

dyl, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:46 (three years ago) Permalink

my boy

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:54 (three years ago) Permalink

Bought this that summer it was released. A forever classic and Imho one of the top 3 (?) Jam & Lewis productions with "Control" and "Sands Of Time".

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 19:33 (three years ago) Permalink

otm

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 19:45 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

"can i get some nasty bass?" has to be one of the best-delivered opening lines in a song that i've ever heard

dyl, Sunday, 12 July 2015 02:21 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

"fake" -> "criticize" peak of music

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Friday, 6 July 2018 21:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

otm

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 July 2018 21:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Don't sleep on the gleaming parquet floor that is "The Lovers."

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 6 July 2018 21:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Love the title track too...when he sings the line “when they need someone to blame it on” my knees buckle slightly

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Saturday, 7 July 2018 04:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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