The dreaded sophomore slump has been an industry-wide conspiracy since forever. It’s a common tale: A band breaks out in the underground with a successful debut, but can’t deliver consistently with the follow-up. Today we’re here to celebrate the bands whose sophomore releases didn’t slump, but jumped. These 10 sophomore albums helped define each band’s career and sound, and pushed them to the next level in the scene. They may not be the bands best records in their catalog (that’s a discussion all in itself), but what we find to be a defining moment in their career.
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE
Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge (Reprise, 2004)
Spawning four successful singles and selling more than 1.5 million copies in the U.S., Three Cheers changed the course of My Chem’s career in an instant. “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” became an instant angsty-teenager hit and was certified gold, giving the band a huge boost in their fanbase. From here, the band have only gone upwards and outward, crafting huge theatrics and expanding their sound (and cult-like following) along the way.