For music fans, there’s nothing more exciting than discovering your favorite artist has a new album coming out. For some big releases, you might even say the anticipation is palpable. What will it sound like? Will I love it as much as their last album? Will I love it more, if that’s even possible? Many questions are usually left unanswered until we get the album into our hot little hands (or our hot little digital service provider) and press play. But there’s a key exception: the concept album. A concept album is an album featuring “a cycle of songs expressing a particular theme or idea” — and one of the best examples with recent additions to the genre is the divorce album or breakup album.
The divorce or breakup album is perhaps the most personal form of a concept album. There’s something about a divorce or breakup album from a superstar that makes you pay immediate attention — hence the furor around Adele’s long-awaited 30, out today. These albums that you know are about a breakup come bearing more weight. They may even feel like an instant classic. Is it the raw nature of the subject matter? Is it the peek into the darkest parts of a celebrity’s private life? Is it the empathy for a shared melancholic experience since we’ve all gone through heartbreaks? We guess that it’s all of the above and more.
Listen, divorce sucks, there are no two bones about it, but it sure does provide substantial source material for some greatest albums of all time. See below for our list of the top divorce or breakup albums as proof.
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