12 of the most disastrous second albums of all time – Stone Roses, Duffy and more

Ashley features, Music 6 Comments

Aaah the tricky second album syndrome, it catches a lot of bands on the hop doesn’t it? After all you have a decade or so to piece together the tunes for your first album, while the second is often flung together in a heartbeat after months of touring.

If you are smart you have saved a few great songs from your early days to tide you over. If not then you better hope that the substance induced writers block disappears and fast.

The tricky part is deciding do you simply try and replicate that first album and risk accusations that you haven’t moved on? Or take the band in a different direction and then risk alienating the fans who loved your early stuff. Either route is fraught with danger.

Here then are twelve apocryphal tales of bands whose second albums were in one way or another disastrous. Some of them, in fact many of them, are actually pretty good, but, poor reviews, a lack of hit singles and a general falling from fashion meant that they stalled, and in some instances killed, a band’s career.

So have a look through the list and tell me which ones I have missed in the comments.

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8 ABC - Beauty Stab

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At the time of its release Beauty Stab's mix of heavy rock, electronica and techno pop was hailed as commercial suicide. Once again it isn't a bad album, it is just that its predecessor, The Lexicon Of Love, was perhaps the pop album of its era with four amazing hit singles to boot. That Was Then But This Is Now was a solid enough debut single, SOS deserved its high chart placing too, but the band playing on the Bad Company-esque cock rock of Power Of Persuasion are light years away from the group who sang Poison Arrow. Even today it is quite a hard album to listen to in one sitting.