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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5 Morrissey - Kill Uncle

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Kill Uncle is different from every other album on this list as Moz had already made a series of fabulous albums with The Smiths. The strength of his debut, Viva Hate, caught a lot of critics (there was a school of thought at the time which never expected the Moz to have a hugely successful solo career) on the hop in how good it was. They probably felt a lot more comfortable with the Clive Langer produced Kill Uncle, which while it has its moments, is a pale shadow of his recording career up until then. Take Driving Your Girlfriend Home - it isn't quite the same as The Smiths song about driving. I know some Moz fans who rate this among his best work, not many but a few. As for me Morrissey only really hit his stride with Your Arsenal, and don't get me started on Vauxhall and I.