Overlooked sophomore LPs

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We've had threads about sophomore slumps and bands whose second albums were their best, but never one focused on those that were overshadowed by the greatness of their debuts.

Some excellent post-punk follow-ups:

The Dream Syndicate - Medicine Show (listening to this prompted this thread)
The Gun Club - Miami
Television - Adventure
Violent Femmes - Hallowed Ground (only heard this in the last few years, way better than I'd heard)

What else has been overlooked due to an outstanding debut?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 16 March 2020 02:13 (two months ago) link

I know ILM is sick to death of U2, but 'October' is dope.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 16 March 2020 02:18 (two months ago) link


Master of Treacle, Monday, 16 March 2020 02:23 (two months ago) link

B-52's - Wild Planet
Portishead - S/T
Yazoo - You & Me Both
Belly - King
Sade - Promise
The Specials - More Specials
Annie - Don't Stop
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Liverpool (maybe a push to call the first album outstanding, but this doesn't deserve the kicking it gets)

Portishead, Belly and Specials are all cases of bands improving on brilliant debuts IMO.

kitchen person, Monday, 16 March 2020 04:14 (two months ago) link

Second albums that were really good, but not as good as the debut...The second New York Dolls album. I'm not that big a fan of Give 'Em Enough Rope myself, but most people are. I don't know if either of those qualify as overlooked. The Ramones' Leave Home definitely--great, and overlooked. I like it even more than the first.

clemenza, Monday, 16 March 2020 04:26 (two months ago) link

Wild Planet is my absolute fave B's record, but I understand I'm an outlier.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 16 March 2020 04:29 (two months ago) link

The second Suicide album.

the grateful dead can dance (anagram), Monday, 16 March 2020 07:20 (two months ago) link

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