I hear you and I agree with you. I think it's tough for most groups to create that arc. We finished our CD recently and there were some very strong opinions about track order. Granted, our album is more of a collection of songs and not a "journey" as you mentioned earlier, but even so, we wanted the album to flow well. I think what we came up with was good, but ultimately, not everyone is going to agree! It's all personal preference.
I openly admit to having a soft spot for the MIT Logarhythms, but if you haven't checked out their most recent recording, "Give Us Back Our Spy Plane" you might enjoy it. I know that one of their goals was achieving that arc and I think they did a pretty darn good job.
Keep the convo going! I'm home sick eating saltines and sipping flat ginger ale and watching HGTV and Platinum Weddings (aka... I'm bored!)
Shannon Phypers Choral Director, Marlborough High School Ithaca College '07 - Current slave to BU's M.M. online degree program