Some would say that the idea of making an ‘album’ of music is no longer relevant now that we have a world of digital downloads and online streaming services that allow anyone to ‘cherry-pick’ just the tracks they are interested in.
Of course, this pre-supposes that the listeners know in advance which tracks they want to listen to – and how can they be sure until they have heard these (or at least a part of)? OK, so it is easy enough to audition short sections on iTunes or to hear complete tracks on SoundCloud or wherever.
But one of the most important reasons to listen to an ‘album’ is to hear what the creators of the album carefully put together for you to experience. The way a particular set of tracks is grouped together for an album – and the ‘running order’ which the artists and producers have often thought out very carefully to make sure that the listeners are taken on a musical journey – can be an extremely important part of the experience!