Top 10 Signs an Album is Going to Suck
Yep, that's clearly gonna stink
Generation Swine - Mötley Crüe (1997)
X - Def Leppard (2002)
E.g., Father of All... by Green Day
Risk - Megadeth
Diabolus In Musica - Slayer
E.g., No. 6 Collaborations Project by Ed Sheeran (2019)
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., 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.).
"Scream" by Chris Cornell (2009), which was produced by Timbaland
“Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told“ by Snoop Dogg (1998), which was produced by Master P.
like Bon jovi: 2020
E.g., Revival by Eminem
It's generally not a good sign, because it suggests that there is record label interference or the artist is too much of a perfectionist.
E.g., Chinese Democracy by Guns N' Roses
E.g., Playing with Fire by Kevin Federline (2006)
Unless these samples are cleverly used or discreet, it shows how creatively bankrupt the artist may be.
E.g., Changes by Justin Bieber
E.g., Revival by Eminem
E.g., "Yummy" by Justin Bieber (this song still went #2, but it didn't go #1 like JB wished)
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.
Kid A is a follow-up to a masterpiece and it's better than that masterpiece...
"Comeback albums" are generally hit or miss, but most of the time they feel like an obvious attempt to cash in on nostalgia, especially when a band was past its prime before its eventual hiatus. Sometimes reunion or anniversary tours are just enough.
I think this is a better sign than the previous album being a masterpiece.
Luckily some didn't disappoint such as Ariana Grande with Thank U, Next
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.
This is an obvious sign that the artist is still nervous or insecure about sharing his new material, especially if it's a high-profile artists, because he's conscious it may divide a lot of people.
That can be included in the "aggressive promotion" part
It just makes me feel like this album will have a lot of filler and that the strongest songs are those with featured artists.
For example, Justin Bieber changes.
I can't think of any albums that do this.
I'm talking about rappers who are usually explicit and tone down the profanity in their lyrics in order to appeal to a wider audience.