I don’t remember who it was but maybe last week or so, someone posted about how one of Daft Punk’s albums because a little mini movie when one watched all of the music video in order. This got me thinking. Artists put so much time meticulously arranging the songs on their album in a certain order and yet I just blow past this. I, like most people, tend to listen to songs in a playlist, on shuffle. Even when I’m listening to an entire album I’ll put my iPhone on shuffle and enjoy the songs that way. While I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, I wondered if I was missing out on some extra meaning or layer of complexity by not listening to the album straight through.
So instead of listening to my Bastille/Alt-J playlist on shuffle, I listened to both albums straight through and there definitely was a noticeable difference. I think that the songs flowed much more smoothly and that I was listening to the complete story instead of just segments of it.
This was especially true with Alt-J’s album “An Awesome Wave” which was definitely designed to be listened straight through. The artists even include 3 short interludes in the album which aid the transition from the different musical/lyrical points of the album.
So if you’ve never listened to your favorite albums straight through, I highly suggest it! While i probably won’t listen without shuffle every time, I think from now on, the first time I listen to an album it’ll be straight through.