You know how it goes: a band or a musician puts out a stellar first album, receives heaps of praise and success, and then goes back to the recording studio and turns out a second album. What a bummer, it’s not as good. But is this trend a real thing, or just a myth fueled by how disappointed we, as listeners and critics, can be when artists’ albums don’t live up to our expectations? What follows is in no way a definitive list, but it does show that plenty of great artists were able to avoid the sophomore slump — and, in some cases, turned out the best album of their careers.
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