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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There was a point when it seemed as if Leeds' finest indie types would be the biggest British band of the noughties. Employment is a work of genius, so many good hummable Blur-like songs. So how did they go from being the next Oasis to being the next err, Kula Shaker? Well that will be Yours Truly Angry Mob, an album not lacking in fine songs, but just missing some of the excitement, buzz and sheer joy of the debut. Personally I am a big fan of Everything Is Average and Angry Mob, and in Ruby the album yielded a huge hit, but again this is a case of what might have been. And the band have never toppled the influence of that debut.

By Ashley | January 9th, 2013