The sophomore album. There is almost always exponentially more anticipation and expectations for a band or artist’s second album. We at LxL thought that those expectations would lead to a lot of massively disappointing second efforts. Interestingly enough, after a lot of research, we were pleased to discover that the sophomore album failure rate is really not all that high. Despite this welcome discovery, there were still enough clunkers to make a list of the most disappointing follow-up albums. Note that this list does not contain the worst all-time sophomore albums, but instead the albums that did not live up to the expectations brought on by a great or promising debut. As always, fill in the blanks with any albums we may have left off the list, or call us out for albums you think should not have been included. Enjoy!
10. Raekwon – Immobilarity
So your two best friends are RZA and Ghostface Killah, and you’ve just released your debut smash, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. What should you do next? I’ll tell you what you don’t do. You don’t bypass one of the greatest hip-hop producers since the genre’s genesis (RZA). You also don’t fail to utilize a rapper that fits snugly between Biggy and Jay-Z in the holy triumvirate of New York rappers (Ghostface). Fail.