Any artist wants to put their lifesblood into every record they make. No matter how hard it takes to actually produce your final record, you always want to make sure the music that what you left behind reaches an audience in a way that nothing else has. You can put your blood on the pages, but that doesn't really guarantee that the public is going to appreciate it.
Even with the best of intentions, these albums by some of rock's greatest artists have met a deaf ear on more than one occasion. Instead of finding a good groove to settle into for their respective projects, these songs end up sounding either lifeless, lethargic, or just confusing to the average listener.
Some of these albums may have even been good on the surface, but the execution got in the way, whether it be the label's fault for rush-releasing it or the band taking on a new direction that didn't make the best first impression.
It's important for bands to work outside of their wheelhouse from time to time, but these were the swings for the fences that no one end up caring about. There's still a few things salvageable in here, but it's not necessarily going to be the next classic or anything either.
10. Second Coming - The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses may very well be one of the most overlooked bands in alternative rock. With just one album, these lads from Manchester combined dance, pop, and classic rock sensibilities to build the foundation of what would become Britpop later down the line. Their debut was a shock to the system, but fans weren't as attentive when coming back for more.
In the case of the Stone Roses, it may have been a case where the debut was just so good that pretty much anything the band released afterwards was slated to fail. Though there wasn't a chance to rewrite songs like She Bangs the Drums or I Wanna Be Adored, they seemed to give it a fair shot on Second Coming, as some songs ended up taking on a bluesy feel. It may have been good for what it was, but it was much too little too late.
By the time the band actually got back together to make their next record, the Britpop movement was already in full swing, leaving potential fans to pounce on Blur and Oasis before returning to the Stone Roses. The Roses would implode soon afterward, bringing one of the most influential bands in all of England to a stand still.
There probably wasn't a good chance of them topping their debut, but the good times didn't deserve to go out with this big a whimper.