There are countless artists whose names resonate with music itself. From the Beatles in the ‘60s to Nirvana’s surge in popularity in the ‘90s, some bands are so seminal that almost any record of theirs could be defined as great. On the other hand, some bands have made their way to the top with only one solid effort to their name.
Despite all that was going for them, these artists are the few outliers of the music industry who proceeded to fall back into obscurity after their one album. Whether it was due to a breakup or a severe drop in quality, these bands never were able to capture the power behind their first mainstream hit.
For as hard hitting as a band’s breakthrough release is, it can also act like an albatross around their neck at the worst of times.
If you start at the top, people expect you to be able to equal it on every subsequent release, which often leads to loads of creative frustration. Even though some of these bands had modest hits after their first surge in popularity, they will always be living in the shadow of the record that got them their first big break.
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