My vote for best sophomore album of all time: Pinkerton by Weezer. Doesn't get better than that!
So excited for all these albums, thanks for the blog.
Great choice! Pinkerton is fantastic. Unfortunately, they have proven over and over again that they can't "get better than that"! Speaking of Weezer, they are mentioned in this recent NPR Music article about breaking up with your favorite bands.
A couple missing rap titles: Gza "Liquid Swords", Beastie Boys "Paul's Boutique" and Tribe Called Quest "Low End Theory.
My vote for best second album: Radiohead's The Bends. "Creep," off their debut, brought them to people's attention, but The Bends was a huge step forward.
From various olden days: Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Second Helping" featuring Sweet Home Alabama was a super-successful follow-up to their Free Bird-driven debut. Led Zeppelin II's first track was Whole Lotta Love - enough said. Santana's second album Abraxas provided the guitar maestro with the evergreen hit Black Magic Woman and an album cover that has fascinated young men of all ages to this day. The Psychedelic Furs second effort "Talk Talk", featuring Pretty In Pink, far outpaced their first album. Wilco's sophomore effort, the classic double-album "Being There" showcased Jeff Tweedy's songwriting talents in a more exciting, exploratory fashion than their initial album "A.M."
Haven't heard FF or BI, but Pains ..., Toro ... and Tuneyards are all great. The latter two have played fun shows here in Denver lately, and I was fortunate enough to catch PBPH down south. Highly recommended listening.