[So hey! I’ve wanted to write about music in more detail for a while now, since Twitter isn’t really the greatest place for lengthy criticism pieces. Expect more stuff like this in the future on music new, old, bad, good, whatever.]
It’s pretty codified, in the annals of How Everyone Knows These Things Work, that second albums have a lot stacked against them. When a band’s first album is a critical success, the ideal follow-up elaborates on the ideas and aesthetic put forth by its predecessor, without veering too wildly into new territory. Sometimes, bands can pull this off (Daft Punk’s Discovery, LCD Soundsystem’s Sound of Silver, Yeasayer’s Odd Blood), but just as often sophomore efforts get judged harshly due to unrealistic expectations. Which sucks! People change over time! Not all bands want to crank out the same shit over and over! Creativity is a journey, not a destination!
THAT BEING SAID: I’m not really into the new Glass Animals album.