Most people in the music industry have gotten used to the sophomore slump albums. Whereas a band might be firing on all cylinders right out of the gate, they tend to crack under pressure and fade into obscurity after their debut record though. It's not easy to keep the momentum going, but these acts proved to have more than enough gas in the tank.
Across every one of these releases, you can tell that these artists took all of the high pressure situations they were in and filtered them into something even greater than what they had done before. Even though some of them might not change their style all that much, it comes down to refining what you did before to get it to as close to perfection as you can. On the other hand, artists have also gone the opposite direction by adding different layers to their sound, making for some of the most interesting career moves in rock and roll.
No matter how they chose to package it, these records were the result of thousands of shows, a healthy first album, and knuckling down to create the magic all over again. While the sequel album never seems as good as the first, it's hard to pull it off and make it look this easy.
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