Well, it's Friday, and you know what that means.
Actually, in this case, it means a temporary break from snarky stories about the various vaguely disturbing things I may be doing with my Oriental manservant. In reality, I'm getting ready to join the Eschaton contingent -- and that means some of you guys, hooray!! -- in the big End the War march in DC on Saturday. So posting will be sporadic for a while, but this time for legitimate (heck, really important) reasons.
Anyway -- in my absence, here's a little diversion for you all.
Sophomore Albums That Surpassed (Artistically) The Really Good Debut Albums That Preceded Them!!!
You know the cliche -- you have your entire life to write your first album, and then you have six months to write your second, which is why a lot of followup albums disappoint. Perhaps the most obvious example is Pretenders II; an estimable work with some terrific songs, but small beer compared to the epochal first one. (More recently, think of the second Hootie and the Blowfish album, or rather, please don't think of it, as Hootie kind of sucks. Although Fairweather Johnson was a really great title...)
In any event, what do you think are the albums that best avoided the sophomore slump?
Submitted for your approval, my Top Seven would be......
7. MC5 -- Back in the USA
6. The Beatles -- With the Beatles
5. Marah -- Kids in Philly
4. Buffalo Springfield -- Buffalo Springfield Again
3. The Who -- A Quick One
2. Bruce Springsteen -- The Wild, the Innocent and the
and last but definitely not least....
1. Elvis Costello -- This Year's Model
Go to it, kids.
[Kudos and huzzahs to constant commenter tmink, who guessed today's theme on the basis of just one fairly innocuous (I thought) clue. Your coveted No-Prize is in the mail, pal.]