What Sophomore Slump? - Part 2

More great sophomore releases from iconic artists!

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Here are seven more examples of great sophomore albums, that fared sufficiently better than the associated artist's debut release.

Check out the first part of the article here.

1. The All-American Rejects - "Move Along"

Here is an example of an album doing exactly twice as well on the charts as the band's preceding effort, mainly due to the strength of "Move Along"'s three massive hit singles.

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2. Queens Of The Stone Age - "Rated R"

It may seem hard to believe in this day and age, but this band wasn't always a success. "Rated R" was their second album, first to be released on a major label and first to get them any sort of attention in the music world.

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3. Rainbow - "Rising"

The second Rainbow album, featuring just two of the musicians from the group's previous release, may still be the fans and critics favorite.

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4. ABBA - "Waterloo"

I get it, this isn't a rock album, but you have to understand even now, ABBA are the most popular musical act to ever come out of Sweden and this album started it all for them.

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5. Loverboy - "Get Lucky"

This pop/rock group had their biggest hit with this album's iconic "Working for the Weekend."

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6. Slade - "Slayed?"

Included on the list of 1001 albums to hear before you die and also consistently said by critics to be Slade's finest work, this album featured "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" a song that like so many others by the band, would later be covered by Quiet Riot.

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7. Megadeth - "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?"

Though their debut record attracted a rather good amount of attention, "Peace Sells..." was a far greater success, certified Platinum in the USA and Canada.

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    Pixies - Doolittle Meat Puppets - II Stone Temple Pilots- Purple White Stripes - De Stijl Ghost - Infestissumam Tame Impala - Lonerism
    I preferred Innerspeaker to Lonerism myself, but it is true that Lonerism was far more commercially successful
    Infestissumam wasn't bad, but it didn't have a lot of the doomy atmosphere that made me love the first one so much.
    Pearl Jam-Vs Alter Bridge-Blackbird Radiohead-The Bends Led Zeppelin II
    Oh god Blackbird, what an album! Led Zep II of course is probably the best classic rock album ever.
    All that I can think of (not including these and the ones from part 1): Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare The Band - The Band OutKast - ATLiens Cheap Trick - In Color Daft Punk - Discovery Eminem - The Slim Shady LP Tame Impala - Lonerism Gorillaz - Demon Days Iggy Pop - Lust for Life The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold as Love John Lennon - Imagine Joy Division - Closer LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II Lou Reed - Transformer The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat Metallica - Ride the Lightning The Smiths - Meat is Murder Muse - Origin of Symmetry My Bloody Valentine - Loveless Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral Pixies - Doolittle Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Couldn't Stand the Weather Van Halen - Van Halen II Weezer - Pinkerton
    I kinda disagree on Pinkerton. Yes, it is now considered to be their best album by many fans and critics but that certainly wasn't the case when it came out. It still falls way behind their debut in regards to how well it sold.
    Alter Bridge - Blackbird Stone Sour - Come What(ever) May Periphery - Periphery II: This TIme It's Personal
    Still the same nominations from me: Riverside - Second Life Syndrome Periphery - II Opeth - Morningrise In the first two cases, it was the bands maturing massively and developing a unique style of their own, in case of Morningrise, a big progress in songwriting and an incredibly atmospheric album which is one of the most underrated ever in my opinion.
    Umm no. I lose interest and automatically down vote at any mention of All American Rejects. Grow up dude listen to real music.
    Elitist detected.
    Come on I'm no elitist but I have listened to enough music to know that they are shit. And they are from my home town to boot. See them live you will see the light.
    Personally, I like Rainbow's debut better than the 2nd album, but that might be just me. The 2nd is awesome though and doesn't let down, that's for sure.