At the most basic level, making an album is about putting the right songs, in the right order, with suitable gaps in between.
Which sounds simple enough, right ?
Maybe so. But the running order has an enormous impact on the way we perceive songs, and their meaning.
For example, Imogen Heap’s new album “Sparks” was released today. I’ve been listening obsessively to it for the last week (because I pre-ordered the amazing “deluxe box-set” version) and it’s a perfect example of what I’m talking about.
I was worried that it simply wouldn’t hang together as an album, because of the unique way it was produced – but in fact the opposite was true.
Quietly, without us (or herself ?) noticing, Imogen has created a concept album about the end of her relationship – with an unexpectedly happy twist at the end.
And the tool she used to achieve this was nothing more than the order she chose to put the songs in.
Bear with me though, this will take a little time to explain…