Best Second Albums of All Time
Musicians often have difficulty writing a second album. This may be a bright debut, which requires no less vivid continuation, or the reverse situation, when the second album is almost the only chance to correct all the sins of the slurred or commercially unsuccessful first.
But sometimes it happens that the sequel breaks ahead and overshadows the original.
Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory (1995)
Oasis’ second album made them who they were for a long time (and, in principle, who they are now (albeit separately), along the way giving birth to such immortal compositions like “Wonderwall”, “Don’t Look Back In Anger “,” Some Might Say “and” Champagne Supernova. ”
The Beatles – With The Beatles (1963)
The Beatles released their second album on Friday, November 22, 1963. Having caught the wave of Beatlemania in the summer of that year, the long play came out so successful that it instantly broke all the chart records. Undoubtedly one of the best second albums in history.
Blur – Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993)
Success immediately after the debut of Blur was not gained. Moreover, many were very, very skeptical, considering them to be the next imitators without any claim to originality. But the second album put everything in its place, and still, when they say “Britpop”, many people remember exactly Blur and their characteristic sound.
Foo Fighters – The Color And The Shape (1997)
The self-titled debut album basically brought glory only to Dave Grohl as a composer, but “Color and The Shape”, released in 1997, almost instantly rose to the level of classics. Think of Monkey Wrench, My Hero, Everlong, and Walking After You, and we’ll be told that this is enough to justify this unspoken title.
Happy Mondays – Bummed (1988)
After the rather shaky and dubious track “24 Hour Party People” (1987), the group nevertheless managed to strengthen their position with the easy hand of Martin Hannet the next year (music producer, founder of Manchester label “Factory Records”, who worked with bands such as Joy Division and New Order).
Joy Division – Closer (1980)
The second and last album of the group, the release of which was almost immediately after the death of the lead singer, Ian Curtis. Suitable epitaph.
Kings Of Leon – Aha Shake Heartbeak (2004)
The tracks “The Bucket”, “King Of The Rodeo” and “Four Kicks” from the second Kings of Leon album managed to prove that they are not random tourists in the music industry and certainly not its misfire.
Muse – Origin Of Symmetry (2001)
It took the group two years to record the second album, which eventually came out very mature and introduced the world to “New Born”, “Bliss”, “Hyper Music”, “Plug In Baby”, “Citizen Erased” …
My Bloody Valentine – Loveless (1991)
The group released their second album three years after the first, but listening to “Loveless”, you know that the wait was worth it. This album is a real sound attack on your ears (in the good sense of the word), and we are still expecting something similar in mood from the band.
Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)
The final second album. Bleach (1989) scratched his ears too much, but “Nevermind” put things in order, gave specifics and made American rockers the legends of their time.
Pixies – Doolittle (1989)
Many of the most famous Pixies tracks came exactly on their second album. For example, “Debaser”, “Monkey Gone To Heaven”, “Here Comes Your Man”.
Public Image Ltd – Metal Box (1979)
Another brainchild of one of the participants in Sex Pistols released his first cry in 1978, but they managed to really express themselves only the next year with the release of the second album. The sound was immediately designated as heartbreaking and woeful, but at the same time unique. And also: wayward and complicated … In general, “Metal Box” immediately had all the hallmarks of a classic album. By the way, the name was chosen for a reason – the record was originally sold in real tin cans.
Radiohead – The Bends (1995)
Although “Pablo Honey” (1993) included the most famous song “Radioheads” (“Creep”), “The Bends” was able to prove that Radiohead is more than just one hit group, and also introduced us to a completely new sound universe that musicians have created for themselves.
Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream (1993)
If “Gish” (1991) is a barely noticeable ripple, then “Siamese Dream” is a big splash! The tracks “Today”, “Cherub Rock”, “Rocket” and “Disarm” determined the status of the group, although Billy Corgan subsequently stated that this album was mainly his merit, since he performed most of the album.
The Killers – Sam’s Town (2006)
Following the debut disc, The Killers is Brandon Flowers’s whole return to its fundamental roots. And although the name of the album was taken from a casino in Las Vegas, the release itself hardly brings thoughts about the city of sins, its mood is very thoughtful and romantic.