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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2 Duffy - Endlessly

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How Duffy must hate Adele. She must wake up every morning and tell herself - you know all that worldwide acclaim, best selling US albums and more, it should have been me. Well Duffy it might have been had you stuck with the team that produced your amazing debut Rockferry. Nope you got that fella from The Strokes - and you know what they are like with second albums. To be honest Endlessly isn't a bad album. I love the early 60s Spectorisms of Too Hurt To Dance. It is is just that the album's first single, Well, Well, Well is such a turkey which justifiably flopped (apart from in Finland) and by that time we were all swooning over Ms Adkins.