Top 10 Albums by Artists that Sound Completely Different Than the Rest of Their Discography

Sometimes artists that are known for a certain style or genre of music, want to try out something new. After all, they have done their signature style long enough and are curious for something new. Sometimes this works pretty well, sometimes it doesn't - and they almost always divide the artist's fan base. Sometimes their debut, that was released before their fame, went a whole another direction than the later works. This list is to figure out the albums that sound most different than the rest of their discography.

The Top Ten

1 Kings of Suburbia - Tokio Hotel

Electronica album by an alternative rock / emo band. - Martin_Canine

2 808s & Heartbreak - Kanye West

Synth pop album by a hip hop artist. - Martin_Canine

3 Frei - LaFee

Schlager album by a rock artist. - Martin_Canine

4 Gling-Glo - Bjork

Jazz album by an artpop artist. - Martin_Canine

5 Vanilla Ninja - Vanilla Ninja

Funk-pop album by a synth rock band. - Martin_Canine

6 Yeezus - Kanye West

Avant garde album by a hip hop artist. - Martin_Canine

7 Rebirth - Lil Wayne

Rock inspired album by a hip hop artist. - Martin_Canine

8 Funstyle - Liz Phair

Experimental pop album by an indie rock artist. - Martin_Canine

9 When the Angels Swing - No Angels

Swing album by a pop girl group. - Martin_Canine

10 Muttersprache - Sarah Connor

Sarah Connor's first four studio albums - Green Eyed Soul", "Unbelievable", "Key to My Soul" and "Naughty but Nice" - from the early to mid-2000s are amazing. The sound she became famous with in her home country is a combination of powerful, dramatic soul ballads and Britney Spears/Christina Aguilera-like contemporary pop that would often use hip hop samples. She did not write any of the songs, but she performed them so wonderfully.
Then she started releasing material that had a lower quality - a christmas album and a cover album, compilations that are often overlooked in a discography. Her next studio album, "Sexy as Hell", was a terrible mess, "Real Love" was better but still rather average.
Then she didn't release another album for 5 years.

In 2015, she came back with "Muttersprache". She has written and composed this album herself, it's in the German language, and has a whole different sound. Gone are the electronic elements and hip-hop-esque beats, the album ...more - Martin_Canine

The Contenders

11 A Thousand Suns - Linkin Park

Electronica album by a Nu Metal band. - Martin_Canine

12 St. Anger - Metallica
13 Turbo - Judas Priest
14 Fashionably Late - Falling in Reverse

Weird hip hop/electro/rock mix by an emo band. - Martin_Canine

15 Into the Unknown - Bad Religion

It's a progressive-influenced album recorded by a hardcore punk band. It can't get much weirder than this. - Gg2000

16 Music from the Elder - Kiss

Another prog rock album, this time made by a straight up rock band. It was intended to be a strong, bold artistic statement to rejuvenate interest and respect towards Kiss. Instead, it flopped hard, and is the one album that fans argue about the most. - Gg2000

17 Chinese Democracy - Guns N' Roses
18 Ok Computer - Radiohead
19 Results May Vary - Limp Bizkit
20 Their Satanic Majesties Request - The Rolling Stones

The most overtly psychedelic album by a band that isn't well-associated with the psychedelic movement. Keith Richards has dismissed most of the album as "a load of crap". - Gg2000

21 Rush - Rush

Not quite as drastic as the others, but you can tell the difference. This is a straight, Zeppelin-type hard rock album from a band known more for their prog work. - Gg2000

22 Synthesis - Evanescence
23 Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys - My Chemical Romance
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