Any good artist knows the importance behind the album experience. Instead of just throwing together a bunch of songs and praying that it finds an audience, the actual design of the album is a lot more about telling a story only through the means of music. Like any good story though, you need to have something good to get you hooked in.
Regardless of era, the real professionals of the genre know how to construct an opening that will get you bobbing your head immediately. While the name of the game might just be to put your greatest song at the top of the album, there's a little more to it than that. Oftentimes, some bands will put a polarizing song or even a slow ballad up front, almost acting as a way to subtly lure you into the adventure that you're about to go on.
It might not even be a song proper that does the trick, but rather an instrumental passage, opening chant, or even just a little interlude that acts as its own mini hook to lead you into the action. Even if these songs can work like gangbusters on their own, this is only a hint that things are just getting started.
I'm just a junkie for all things media. Whether it's music, movies, TV, or just other reviews, I absolutely adore this stuff. But music was my first love, and I love having the opportunity to share it with you good people.