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First albums that were so good, artist never could improve on them.

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    Safe as Milk - Captain Beefheart

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    Third Eye Blind - Self Titled

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    This is a joke, right? That was NOT their first album.
     
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    Whoops. It was to me.
     
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    Coldplay is one such band for me. Although I didn't like it at first (mostly due to my sister overplaying it), Parachutes has become the standard to which I've compared all of their subsequent albums. Understated like a sigh, but also quietly majestic. No, I don't like "Yellow" but I love "Don't Panic", "High Speed", "Trouble", the title track, and "We Never Change". One of my favourite albums for those deeply introspective nights or drives (or, indeed, night drives).

    A Rush of Blood To The Head had some nice moments too, but it didn't quite get me in the same way. To me, every album since then has carried on a more bombastic arena-type sound, with less of the hushed, intimate acoustic-based soundscapes. I haven't bought any of their albums since Viva La Vida (which I hated). Given how much I loved Parachutes and moments of A Rush of Blood To The Head (especially in my adolescent years), I still give every one of their new albums a chance on iTunes in the hopes that they have returned to their debut album sound and I'm almost always disappointed (although I didn't mind moments on Everyday Life from 2019, which I actually bought).

    I suppose Oasis really hit it out of the park with their debut album, Definitely Maybe. I liked songs from almost every one of their albums since, but DM was the most consistent listen start to finish.
     
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    Um... are we being graded on this or something?
     
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    Dire Straits. Their second one was almost as good and then they got really successful, but that first blast of Knopfler was so good they arguably never were as good and inarguably never were better...
     
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    Sorry. Thought you were messing around.
     
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    Dr Feelgood's 'Down By The Jetty' is a masterpiece.
     
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    SRV, maybe? I don't agree with Grateful Dead, their first album sucked, especially compared to AB or WD. Also Led Zep, Albums 2,3,&4 are just as good as their first.
     
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    Oh, hell yes, it is.
     
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    Haha. I was on the Molly Hatchet bandwagon. We all ran out and got the album and then we all had a stupid Molly Hatchet album for years. Same with .38 Special. Great first album, and that was it.
     
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    Love Grace dearly, but I think Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk is more mature, more personal, more accomplished, lyrically stronger, musically stronger, more exciting, and better produced. It's a beautiful record. I have been listening to both for twenty five years and I have always preferred Sketches.

    Also, Nevermind? Not a debut...
     
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    Ouch dude, dang.
     
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    Theatre of Pain’s Under the ‘Possum Tree is even better.
     
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    A better question was who did better. It is hard writing one group of great songs much less repeating.
    The Beatles and Elton John fall in my group.
     
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