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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11 The Stone Roses - Second Coming

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Second Coming is by some distance the best album on this list. It has in Love Spreads, Ten Storey Love Song and Your Star Will Shine, three of the band's best ever moments. It has to be on this list though because the gap between this and that debut is Grand Canyon-esque - but only because you are dealing with what is arguably the best debut album of all time. Internal disputes, record label shenanigans and copious amounts of substances torpedoed what really should have been the defining album of the early 90s. And by the time of its release The Stone Roses discovered that What The World Is Waiting For was actually some other lads from Manchester.