It’s one thing for a band to explode from nowhere with a classic debut album. Following it up is a far greater challenge.
The second album, traditionally, is a band’s opportunity to transcend their original fanbase, infiltrate the mainstream. A great sophomore effort can catapult a band into the superleague – take Coldplay’s A Rush Of Blood To The Head. Equally, it can kill the buzz stone dead. Remember how the lustre of unassailable cool surrounding The Strokes evaporated in the wake of Room Of Fire?
Recently, Arctic Monkeys have negotiated the Tricky Second Album syndrome with consummate ease on Favourite Worst Nightmare. But the best second albums ever made? Q would make a case for the following. But what do you think?
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