Elvis Costello once said you had your whole life to write your first album and six months to write the follow-up. I don't think he's the first artist to discover this truth. But then I'm not the first person to realize it gets dark at night. Yet. I take credit for it all the time and refer to it as "O'Connor's Law." (You see why most people don't like to hang around me for very long.)
Now, the best way to make a great second album is to record a terrible first one. Apply this principle to life and you're set. I always made sure I did poorly on the first couple tests in my high school classes just so everyone would be proud of all the "work" and "effort" I put into "improving" myself.
Low standards and expectations are always easier to exceed. Never tell someone you just saw the most amazing movie. It has nowhere to go but down and most people will spend their time figuring out ways to tell you why you're wrong. Let them tell YOU how amazing the movie was.
By that logic, I should tellRead More »from 25 Great Second Albums — Beating The Sophomore Jinx