Top 10 Signs an Album is Going to Suck
E.g., Father of All... by Green Day
Risk - Megadeth
Diabolus In Musica - Slayer
E.g., One More Light by Linkin Park (2017), which transitioned them from alt-rock/metal to electro-pop, to a widespread negative reception from fans.
E.g., Liz Phair by Liz Phair (2003), 0304 by Jewel (2003)
Wolfmother went from Hard Rock to EDM with their new single “High On My Own Supply”.
Steam Powered Giraffe
E.g., Revival by Eminem
E.g., Playing with Fire by Kevin Federline (2006)
E.g., No. 6 Collaborations Project by Ed Sheeran (2019)
E.g., Chinese Democracy by Guns N' Roses
E.g., Hard Candy by Madonna, where she teamed up with Timbaland and the Neptunes. Coming from her it was seen as a disappointing choice considering she would always choose producers that were relatively unknown (Mirwais, William Orbit, Stuart Price, etc.).
E.g., Changes by Justin Bieber
Not really it might seem worse by comparison with it's predecessor but in general I don't think the follow up to a great album is more likely to suck see the list about the greatest album runs of all time as a counter example.
Foo Fighters went from Wasting Light (their best album) to Sonic Highways (their worst album), so that's true.
Also counts for "sequels" to great albums such as Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II, Bat Out of Hell II, etc.
Luckily some didn't disappoint such as Ariana Grande with Thank U, Next
E.g., "Yummy" by Justin Bieber (this song still went #2, but it didn't go #1 like JB wished)
It just ruins the pleasure of discovery and makes the album sound like a compilation.
E.g., "Vanilla Ice Is Back" by Vanilla Ice (2008) or "Thank You" by Duran Duran (1995)
Like Weezer’s Teal Album or Train Does Led Zeppelin.
For example, Justin Bieber changes.
That can be included in the "aggressive promotion" part
I think this is a better sign than the previous album being a masterpiece.
I can't think of any albums that do this.