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QUADROPHENIA

The Who

 

Proto-Prog

4.49 | 491 ratings

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rpe9p
4 stars This second rock opera by The Who is definitely their best and most progressive album in my opinion. However, I can not bring myself to call it a masterpiece of progressive music though I certainly consider it a masterpiece. This album has great lyrics which tell the story of (I believe) a teenage boy with four different personalities, one corresponding to each member of the band. It is surely a great concept album which does a great job of telling a story through words and music, with several themes recurring throughout the album. It is surely a masterpiece of rock and prog-related music, but it just doesn't have enough elements of prog for me to consider it a prog masterpiece. Perhaps if this had been written a few years earlier it could have been considered more progressive for its time, but by the time this (supposedly) proto-prog album was released, many of the great prog classics had already been written.
rpe9p | 4/5 |

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