The Who’s Tommy: Musical Review

The Who’s Tommy

2/5/2015

Paramount Theater, Aurora, IL

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Adaptations of things we love can change our relationship with the source material. The best adaptations add new dimensions and new understandings of the source material (see NBC’s Hannibal or Johnny Cash’s cover of NIN’s “Hurt”), helping you to understand how rich it is or a different side of it. The worst adaptations make you question the source material and why you ever liked it in the first place. Unfortunately, the latter is the case with the Who’s Tommy. The album that birthed the rock opera, Tommy helped me grow an appreciation for the concept record and the Who themselves. In college I saw the movie which features the likes of Tina Turner and Elton John, which is absolutely terrible, but I just counted that as Hollywood screwing it up.
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Five Reasons I’m an Album Man


There Will Be Blood's Daniel Plainview
I'm an album man, you see!


It would seem since the invention of iTunes, we have become a song generation. With us being such an A.D.D. society and our time being spare, people tend to like a song or two from a band or just buy the couple songs they know by an artist from iTunes for $.99 each rather than paying $9.99 or so for a bunch of songs they don’t know or necessarily care about. This makes a lot of sense no doubt, but I believe by just listening to a song here or a song there by a given artist, we are missing out on the point of what a lot of bands are trying to do, and missing out on the greater reward of what an album is.
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Top Ten Thursday: Conception

With the great disappointment of Mylo Xyloto (Coldplays new concept album that dropped earlier this week) still being fresh in our heads, we at LxL wanted to remind the world that there are indeed good concept albums out there. Apologies to Austin, who got particularly screwed in this weeks voting, but nonetheless, here is what we came up with:
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