Avoiding the Sophomore Slump?
Here are some notable ones:
- Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues: Their debut album ended up at the top of many 2008's year end lists with its incredible harmonies and folk-sensibilities. Can this repeat the feat?
- Bon Iver - Bon Iver: Although we haven't ordered our copies here quite yet, keep an eye out for Justin Vernon's new album slated to drop June 21. Until then, brush up on his haunting For Emma, Forever Ago.
- Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong: Their self-titled album was full of short, distortion-laden garage songs (with an appreciated nod to the library on Young Adult Friction). Although this was released in March, I haven't had a chance to see if they continued in this direction or came up with some new sound to explore.
- Toro Y Moi - Underneath the Pine: Quick on the heels of last year's Causers of This, this chillwave artist released his latest in February. A great album to pick up if you're asking yourself right now, "What is chillwave?".
- Tune-Yards - Whokill: Merrill Garbus's project is a musical beast of loops, unique instruments, and some shockingly powerful singing. It has everything from reggae growls to lullabies. Released earlier this month, it's on heavy rotation in my headphones. Even better than headphones, Tune-Yards will be making a stop in Denver Wednesday. Watching her create these sounds live plus her playful theatrics should not to missed.
Any other sophomore albums you're waiting for with bated breathe? Best second album of all time? Worst?