A plea for the return of the rock opera

OK, not exactly but former rock critic John Rockwell in the New York Times piece Beyond Singles and Concept Albums, Pop Yearns for a Long Form (registration required) pines for a return of the days of the rock album. An interesting article I suppose but his concluding sentence “In this time of crisis for pop music and the pop-music business, it’s time for a rethinking of basic assumptions, even at the price of a little pomposity. The album as a set of loosely linked songs may be moribund. But long live the album, or the stage, as a home for a new kind of popular music, one that appeals equally to head and heart” doesn’t exactly set my rock and roll heart on fire. Kind of makes me want to yell out in my best Homer Simpson voice “NERD!”