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10 Sophomore Slump Albums

In music history, there have been many times when huge bands and artists release a great debut, but then fail to deliver on the follow-up. This video looks at 10 sophomore slump albums. 

10 Sophomore Slump Albums

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October is the second studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was released on 12 October 1981 by Island Records, and was produced by Steve Lillywhite. The album was lyrically inspired by the memberships of Bonothe Edge, and Larry Mullen Jr. in a Christian group called the “Shalom Fellowship”, and consequently it contains spiritual and religious themes.  

Turn It Upside Down is the second studio album and fourth release overall by American rock band Spin Doctors, released in 1994. It is the follow-up album to their successful RIAA 5× Platinum album Pocket Full of Kryptonite

Fairweather Johnson is the second studio album by American rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, released on April 23, 1996, through Atlantic Records. Three songs from the album were released as singles: “Old Man & Me”, “Tucker’s Town”, and “Sad Caper”. 

Dead Ringer is the second studio album by Meat Loaf released in September 1981. It is the second of four albums written entirely by Jim Steinman

Sam’s Town is the second studio album by American rock band the Killers. It was released on September 27, 2006, by Island Records

Second Coming is the second and final studio album by English rock band The Stone Roses, released through Geffen Records on 5 December 1994. 

Shine On is the second album by Australian rock band Jet, released on 30 September 2006, in Australia and on 2–3 October 2006, internationally. 

One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back is the second studio album by the British rock band The Darkness. It was released on 28 November 2005 through Atlantic Records, reaching number 11 on the UK Album Chart and eventually attaining platinum status in the UK. 

Franz Ferdinand are a Scottish rock band formed in Glasgow in 2002. The band’s original line-up was composed of Alex Kapranos (lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), Bob Hardy (bass guitar), and Paul Thomson (drums, percussion, backing vocals). 

Life on Display is the second studio album by post-grunge band Puddle of Mudd. It was produced by John Kurzweg whose previous work includes CreedSocialburn, and No Address, and whom produced the band’s previous album, and Michael “Elvis” Baskette. 

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