Top 10 Signs an Album is Going to Suck
The Top Ten
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)
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.
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)
More importantly it quickly fell down the charts after that and is already down to number 94.
It just ruins the pleasure of discovery and makes the album sound like a compilation.
For example, Justin Bieber changes.
I feel like this is an unfitting item to be honest. I feel items shouldn't be things about specific artists but I guess the creator didn't say that.
That can be included in the "aggressive promotion" part
I think this is a better sign than the previous album being a masterpiece.
I agree, especially when it comes to artists who have been releasing bad albums in a consistent basis these past years such as Nickelback, Limp Bizkit or Chris Brown.
E.g., "Vanilla Ice Is Back" by Vanilla Ice (2008) or "Thank You" by Duran Duran (1995)
I can't think of any albums that do this.
A clearer example is Sam Hunt's new album, South Side, which was just released while its lead single "Body Like a Back Road" was released in 2017. This is a clear sign that the album will lack cohesion, and turns out this album did lack cohesion.