UK, 1970, rock opera
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice – Jesus Christ Superstar: I love every moment of this album. It’s so beautiful, fun, and immersive. The storytelling is epic and fresh. “Try not to get worried, try not to turn on to problems that upset you.” Wisdom of the ages. The brilliance of this rock opera is how they took the source material and treated it merely as a narrative, drawing from it all its inherent artistic expression as well as its tragedy. The story of Jesus of Nazareth stands strong even when you take religion out of the picture, focusing only on the betrayal of a man by those he thought were his friends. Oh, and Pilate’s first song gives me chills. So powerful in its understatement.