History GrowingTheBeard / Music

17th Jun '18 7:47:56 PM bt8257
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* Music/TheBeatles had the most iconic, both literal and figurative, beard-growing in rock history, arguably beginning with their move towards more esoteric and impressionistic songwriting on the album ''Rubber Soul''.

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* Music/TheBeatles had the most iconic, both literal and figurative, beard-growing in rock history, arguably beginning with their move towards more esoteric and impressionistic songwriting on the album ''Rubber Soul''.''Music/RubberSoul''.
17th Jun '18 7:47:20 PM bt8257
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* Music/DavidBowie was in the music business for ''five years'' before "Space Oddity"...and even then, his most iconic "early" (glam) songs (most of them actually VindicatedByHistory after "Ziggy Stardust" brought him back into the public eye) didn't come until his partnership with Mick Ronson. It is Bowie's fourth album, ''Music/HunkyDory'', that is usually regarded as his first great one. ''Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld'' is also a case of this, as it's usually considered a step above his earlier work, but a step below ''Hunky Dory'' (and some people still consider it a classic).

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* Music/DavidBowie was in the music business for ''five years'' five years before "Space Oddity"...and even Oddity". Even then, his most iconic "early" (glam) songs (most of them actually VindicatedByHistory after "Ziggy Stardust" brought him back into the public eye) didn't come until his partnership with Mick Ronson. It is Bowie's fourth album, ''Music/HunkyDory'', that is usually regarded as his first great one. ''Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld'' is also a case of this, as it's usually considered a step above his earlier work, but a step below ''Hunky Dory'' (and some people still consider it a classic).
6th May '18 2:40:03 AM AmuckCricetine
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* Music/TheBeachBoys had this with ''The Beach Boys Today!'', particularly the second side. The upward trend culminated with the incomplete ''[[Music/{{Smile}} SMiLE]]'' and Music/BrianWilson's breakdown. Depending on how you look at it, they either subsequently went through a DorkAge, or the other members grew their own beards (figuratively and literally. Though Bruce Johnston only grew a mustache).

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* Music/TheBeachBoys had this with ''The Beach Boys Today!'', ''Music/TheBeachBoysToday'', particularly the second side. The upward trend culminated with the incomplete ''[[Music/{{Smile}} SMiLE]]'' ''Music/{{Smile}}'' and Music/BrianWilson's breakdown. Depending on how you look at it, they either subsequently went through a DorkAge, or the other members grew their own beards (figuratively and literally. Though Bruce Johnston only grew a mustache).
16th Apr '18 2:38:33 PM bt8257
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* Music/GreenDay's ''Music/{{Dookie}}'', the third album. The first two records are respectable but very lo-fi. They even re-recorded 'Welcome to Paradise' for Dookie to make it sound a bit less tinny.
** Quite a few people also agree that they grew the beard again with ''Music/AmericanIdiot'', where they got more thoughtful, deviated a bit from the pop-punk formula and started taking themselves seriously. This beard-growing process probably started with its two predecessors, ''Music/{{Nimrod}}'' and ''Music/{{Warning}}''.

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* Music/GreenDay's ''Music/{{Dookie}}'', the third album. The first two records are respectable but very lo-fi. They even re-recorded 'Welcome "Welcome to Paradise' Paradise" for Dookie ''Dookie'' to make it sound a bit less tinny.
** Quite a few people also agree that they grew the beard again with ''Music/AmericanIdiot'', where they got more thoughtful, deviated a bit from the pop-punk {{pop punk}} formula and started taking themselves seriously. This beard-growing process probably started with its two predecessors, ''Music/{{Nimrod}}'' and ''Music/{{Warning}}''.



* After Music/KingCrimson's first line-up collapsed, Robert Fripp struggled to keep a new one afloat while trying to top the success of their first album, ''Music/InTheCourtOfTheCrimsonKing''. Four albums and three lineups later, Fripp finally hit paydirt with the heavy jazz fusion of ''Larks' Tongues In Aspic''.
* While there's no denying the quality of Music/TheKinks' early singles such as "You Really Got Me", "All Day and All of the Night", and "A Well Respected Man", a lot of critics feel that their albums were more or less a mixed bag until Ray Davies found his songwriting niche with 1966's ''Face to Face''.

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* After Music/KingCrimson's first line-up collapsed, Robert Fripp struggled to keep a new one afloat while trying to top the success of their first album, ''Music/InTheCourtOfTheCrimsonKing''. Four albums and three lineups later, Fripp finally hit paydirt pay-dirt with the heavy jazz fusion of ''Larks' Tongues In in Aspic''.
* While there's no denying the quality of Music/TheKinks' early singles such as "You Really Got Me", "All Day and All of the Night", and "A Well Respected Man", a lot of critics feel that their albums were more or less a mixed bag bags until Ray Davies found his songwriting niche with 1966's ''Face to Face''.



* Though many believe that Music/{{Queen}} were awesome from the very beginning, it is widely accepted that their moment of glory that started them on their track to becoming legendary was their fourth album, ''Music/ANightAtTheOpera'', the album that gave us the immortal song Bohemian Rhapsody.

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* Though many believe that Music/{{Queen}} were awesome from the very beginning, it is widely accepted that their moment of glory that started them on their track to becoming legendary was their fourth album, ''Music/ANightAtTheOpera'', the album that gave us the immortal song Bohemian Rhapsody."Bohemian Rhapsody".



* Music/VanDerGraafGenerator's first album, ''The Aerosol Grey Machine'', was more or less a Peter Hammill solo album that was later given the band moniker to get out of their contract with Mercury Records. When they signed to Charisma for ''The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other'', it gave the band more room to breathe, expanding upon the darker concepts in their songs. It also introduced saxophonist/flautist David Jackson, giving the band a jazzier flavor. The band continued the beard-growing process with their next two releases, culminating in their two best-regarded albums, ''Pawn Hearts'' and ''Godbluff''.

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* Music/VanDerGraafGenerator's first album, ''The Aerosol Grey Machine'', was more or less a Peter Hammill solo album that was later given the band moniker to get out of their contract with Mercury Records. When they signed to Charisma for ''The Least We Can Do Is Wave To to Each Other'', it gave the band more room to breathe, expanding upon the darker concepts in their songs. It also introduced saxophonist/flautist David Jackson, giving the band a jazzier flavor. The band continued the beard-growing process with their next two releases, culminating in their two best-regarded albums, ''Pawn Hearts'' and ''Godbluff''.



* Music/WillieNelson was a clean-shaven, family-friendly country singer for his first decade and a half in Nashville. He both literally and figuratively Grew his Beard when he switched to the "Outlaw Country" that most people know him for, approximately around the time he recorded "Shotgun Willie".

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* Music/WillieNelson was a clean-shaven, family-friendly country singer for his first decade and a half in Nashville. He both literally and figuratively Grew grew his Beard beard when he switched to the "Outlaw Country" "outlaw country" that most people know him for, approximately around the time he recorded "Shotgun Willie".



* Music/ZZTop in the 80's, who also had grown literal beards by then. Except for their drummer... [[{{Irony}} Frank Beard]].

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* Music/ZZTop in the 80's, who also had grown literal beards by then. Except for their drummer... [[{{Irony}} Frank Beard]].Beard]].
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16th Apr '18 2:26:11 PM bt8257
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* Music/CaptainBeefheart & His Magic Band grew the beard sometime during the summer of 1967 in which their basic blues music showcased on their debut, ''Music/SafeAsMilk'', took a turn for the weird, eventually resulting in the avant-garde outings that they became famous for.

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* Music/CaptainBeefheart & His Magic Band grew the beard sometime during the summer of 1967 in which their basic blues music showcased on their debut, ''Music/SafeAsMilk'', took a turn for the weird, weird on their second album, ''Strictly Personal'', eventually resulting in the avant-garde outings that they became famous for.for, ''Music/TroutMaskReplica'' and ''Music/LickMyDecalsOffBaby''.



* Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival around the time of ''Bayou Country'', thanks in part to "Born on the Bayou" and "Proud Mary".

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* Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival around the time of on ''Bayou Country'', thanks in part to "Born on the Bayou" and "Proud Mary".



** One may wonder if Music/FooFighters had a period of beard-shaving during the movie soundtracks and ''There is Nothing Left to Lose'' period, due to too much soft-rock poppishness, began to accumulate stubble during the harder ''One by One'', and then returned to beardy goodness by the time ''Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace'' was released.
*** The consensus is that the band really hit their stride once Taylor Hawkins joined the band, as he was the first drummer who not only could play as well as Grohl, but stood out as a charismatic musician in his own right. These days he is considered the second FaceOfTheBand.

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** One may wonder if Music/FooFighters had a period of beard-shaving during the movie soundtracks and ''There is Is Nothing Left to Lose'' period, due to too much soft-rock poppishness, began to accumulate stubble during the harder ''One by One'', and then returned to beardy goodness by the time ''Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace'' was released.
*** The consensus is that the band they really hit their stride once Taylor Hawkins joined the band, as he was the first drummer who not only could play as well as Grohl, but stood out as a charismatic musician in his own right. These days he is considered the second FaceOfTheBand.



* Even though Music/DepecheMode was steadily growing a thicker beard with each album, their beard fully matured when they released their seventh album, Violator. The album contained memorable hits such as "Enjoy the Silence", "Personal Jesus", and "Policy of Truth".

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* Even though Music/DepecheMode was steadily growing a thicker beard with each album, their beard fully matured when they released their seventh album, Violator.''Violator''. The album contained memorable hits such as "Enjoy the Silence", "Personal Jesus", and "Policy of Truth".



* Music/DreamTheater reached their breakthrough with their sophomore album ''Images and Words'', with the arrival of [=James LaBrie=] as singer to replace the rather lackluster [[ThePeteBest Charlie Dominici]], a more epic, progressive songwriting style, and vastly improved production.

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* Music/DreamTheater reached their breakthrough with their sophomore album ''Images and Words'', ''Music/ImagesAndWords'', with the arrival of [=James LaBrie=] James [=LaBrie=] as singer to replace the rather lackluster [[ThePeteBest Charlie Dominici]], a more epic, progressive songwriting style, and vastly improved production.
3rd Apr '18 4:51:06 AM jormis29
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* Country music artist Jamey Johnson's first album, ''The Dollar'', was fairly well-received among critics, never mind that he wrote the reviled Trace Adkins song "[[StuffyOldSongsAboutTheButtocks Honky Tonk Badonkadonk]]". Due to ExecutiveMeddling, ''The Dollar'' had only one chart single before he got kicked from the label. Although Music/GeorgeStrait and Joe Nichols recorded his songs, and Trace went back to the well for another, Jamey's life unraveled and he briefly lapsed into ReclusiveArtist territory. After he cleaned up, he released his next album, ''That Lonesome Song'', independently before Creator/MercuryRecords picked it up. ''That Lonesome Song'' got him a Top 10 hit with "In Color", a Grammy nomination, and high praise from critics. His next two albums, ''The Guitar Song'' and ''Living for a Song'', have been just as lauded as ''That Lonesome Song'', maintaining decent sales and extremely high critical acclaim despite not producing any other major hits. Keeping the theme in its literal sense, Jamey went from a neatly-trimmed beard no different than any other modern country male to a much longer and more scraggly one.

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* Country music artist Jamey Johnson's first album, ''The Dollar'', was fairly well-received among critics, never mind that he wrote the reviled Trace Adkins Music/TraceAdkins song "[[StuffyOldSongsAboutTheButtocks Honky Tonk Badonkadonk]]". Due to ExecutiveMeddling, ''The Dollar'' had only one chart single before he got kicked from the label. Although Music/GeorgeStrait and Joe Nichols recorded his songs, and Trace went back to the well for another, Jamey's life unraveled and he briefly lapsed into ReclusiveArtist territory. After he cleaned up, he released his next album, ''That Lonesome Song'', independently before Creator/MercuryRecords picked it up. ''That Lonesome Song'' got him a Top 10 hit with "In Color", a Grammy nomination, and high praise from critics. His next two albums, ''The Guitar Song'' and ''Living for a Song'', have been just as lauded as ''That Lonesome Song'', maintaining decent sales and extremely high critical acclaim despite not producing any other major hits. Keeping the theme in its literal sense, Jamey went from a neatly-trimmed beard no different than any other modern country male to a much longer and more scraggly one.
3rd Jan '18 8:10:16 AM Twentington
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* Sawyer Brown is largely thought to have improved in sound around the release of ''Cafe on the Corner'' in 1992. The album was their first to feature songs written and produced by Mac [=McAnally=], who provided them with tight production, stellar songwriting (including such {{signature song}}s as the tender ballad "All These Years" and the thoughtful "Cafe on the Corner"), and overall improved them from the pink tennis shoe-wearing pop-rock wannabes they were in TheEighties.
22nd Dec '17 5:55:41 PM DesertDragon
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* Music/KellyClarkson's first album, ''Thankful'', was a promising but fairly standard soul-influenced pop record. Clarkson, determined to break free from her Series/AmericanIdol roots, went in a more rock-ish direction on her second album (the appropriately titled ''Breakaway''). While her career had plenty of ups and downs afterwards, most agree that ''Breakaway'' was the album that established her as a pop superstar rather than just an Idol-bred flash in the pan.

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* Music/KellyClarkson's first album, ''Thankful'', was a promising but fairly standard soul-influenced paint-by-numbers pop record. album. Clarkson, determined to break free from her Series/AmericanIdol ''Series/AmericanIdol'' roots, went in a more rock-ish direction on her second album (the appropriately titled ''Breakaway''). album, the appropriately-titled ''Breakaway''. While her career had plenty of ups and downs afterwards, most agree that ''Breakaway'' was the album that established her as a pop superstar rather than just an Idol-bred flash in the pan.pan, and she is one of the very few ''Idol'' winners to actually become a star.



* Music/{{Pink}}'s 2000 debut ''Can't Take Me Home'' was met with lukewarm reviews. It wasn't bad, but critics labeled her as Fiona Apple [-[[RecycledInSpace SINGING R&B!]]-] She took the hint, and her next album combined her tough-girl appeal with a more appropriate rock flavoring, while retaining her R&B roots, and the rest is history.

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* Music/{{Pink}}'s 2000 debut ''Can't Take Me Home'' was moderately successful but met with lukewarm reviews. It wasn't bad, but reviews; critics labeled labelled her as Fiona Apple [-[[RecycledInSpace SINGING R&B!]]-] an R&B knockoff of Music/FionaApple. She took got the hint, and her next second album ''Missundaztood'' combined her tough-girl appeal with a more appropriate rock flavoring, while retaining flavoring. This new style took off and cemented her R&B roots, and the rest is history.as a superstar.
14th Dec '17 6:39:06 AM Kitchen90
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* General consensus in Music/{{ABBA}} fandom (if such a thing is possible) places this moment somewhere around the third and fourth albums, ''ABBA'' (1975) and ''Arrival'' (1976). The band members themselves pin this more firmly on ''ABBA'' and the release of "S.O.S." as a single, when the public stopped dismissing them as one-hit wonders and they settled on a pop style. (''Waterloo'', their second album, is a mix of attempts at different styles as they tried to find their place. ''Ring Ring'' is just... um... yeahhh.)

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* General consensus in Music/{{ABBA}} fandom (if such a thing is possible) places this moment somewhere around the third and fourth albums, ''ABBA'' (1975) and ''Arrival'' ''Music/{{Arrival}}'' (1976). The band members themselves pin this more firmly on ''ABBA'' ''Music/{{ABBA|Album}}'' and the release of "S.O.S." as a single, when the public stopped dismissing them as one-hit wonders and they settled on a pop style. (''Waterloo'', (''Music/{{Waterloo}}'', their second album, is a mix of attempts at different styles as they tried to find their place. ''Ring Ring'' ''Music/RingRing'' is just... um... yeahhh.)



* Early-'90s UK manufactured boy band par excellence Music/TakeThat are actually better now that they have reformed in their thirties after a decade's absence than they ever were before their 1996 split. Lead singer/songwriter Gary Barlow's post-reformation PermaStubble is probably no coincidence.

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* Early-'90s UK manufactured boy band par excellence Music/TakeThat Music/TakeThatBand are actually better now that they have reformed in their thirties after a decade's absence than they ever were before their 1996 split. Lead singer/songwriter Gary Barlow's post-reformation PermaStubble is probably no coincidence.



* Music/ThinLizzy were always a cut above their Irish rock contemporaries, but even with the presence of a hit single (1972's "Whiskey in the Jar") and a solid album (1973's ''Vagabonds of the Western World'') the band never found its feet until its fifth album (1975's ''Fighting''), by which time it had exchanged its single guitar player Eric Bell and its wishy washy folk-rock quality for dual lead guitarists Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham and a hard rock ethos. Their very next album was ''Jailbreak'', best known for the title track and "The Boys Are Back in Town", beginning a streak of five (or possibly eight, depending on whether you like the Snowy White/John Sykes era) high quality albums that brought them fame and fortune.

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* Music/ThinLizzy were always a cut above their Irish rock contemporaries, but even with the presence of a hit single (1972's "Whiskey in the Jar") and a solid album (1973's ''Vagabonds of the Western World'') the band never found its feet until its fifth album (1975's ''Fighting''), by which time it had exchanged its single guitar player Eric Bell and its wishy washy wishy-washy folk-rock quality for dual lead guitarists Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham and a hard rock ethos. Their very next album was ''Jailbreak'', best known for the title track and "The Boys Are Back in Town", beginning a streak of five (or possibly eight, depending on whether you like the Snowy White/John Sykes era) high quality albums that brought them fame and fortune.
25th Nov '17 10:20:23 PM bt8257
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* Atomic Kitten's early music was in the typical bubblegum style of the Spice Girls and 90s pop scene and their record sales were not good. On the verge of being dropped by their record label, they released one more single "Whole Again", a hugely successful pop-ballad which was their first number 1 and their style changed for the better after that. Also Kerry Katona left the band and was replaced by Jenny Frost. The group's most famous songs "It's OK", "The Tide Is High (Get the Feeling)", "Be With You" and "If You Come to Me" were all released after Kerry left the band.

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* Atomic Kitten's early music was in the typical bubblegum style of the Spice Girls and 90s pop scene and their record sales were not good. On the verge of being dropped by their record label, they released one more single "Whole Again", a hugely successful pop-ballad which was their first number 1 and their style changed for the better after that. Also Also, Kerry Katona left the band and was replaced by Jenny Frost. The group's most famous songs "It's OK", "The Tide Is High (Get the Feeling)", "Be With You" and "If You Come to Me" were all released after Kerry left the band.



* Music/{{Blondie}} always had many influences but their third album Parallel Lines showed they could make radio friendly rock songs, ballads, and genre experiment songs in equal measure, whilst attaining popularity for their singer Debbie Harry's good looks.

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* Music/{{Blondie}} always had many influences but their third album Parallel Lines album, ''Parallel Lines'', showed they could make radio friendly rock songs, ballads, and genre experiment songs in equal measure, whilst attaining popularity for their singer Debbie Harry's good looks.



* Music/BruceSpringsteen released two critically acclaimed albums in 1973; the former was called ''Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ'' and is to date considered good but not great. The second was ''The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle'', which is now regarded as one of his best, but at the time, popular success still eluded him. His third studio album was essentially his last chance - it had to do well, or he was out of the music business. That album? 1975's ''Music/BornToRun'', one of the greatest albums of all time, which also signified a shift into more down-to-earth songs about relatable experiences. The rest is history.

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* Music/BruceSpringsteen released two critically acclaimed albums in 1973; the former was called ''Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ'' and is to date considered good good, but not great. The second was ''The Wild, The Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle'', which is now regarded as one of his best, but at the time, popular success still eluded him. His third studio album was essentially his last chance - it had to do well, or he was out of the music business. That album? 1975's ''Music/BornToRun'', one of the greatest albums of all time, which also signified a shift into more down-to-earth songs about relatable experiences. The rest is history.



* In the case of the seminal English punk band Music/TheClash, many critics - including [[http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:m7xvad5kv8wn Allmusic Guide]] - believe that they grew their beard in a case of ExecutiveMeddling GoneHorriblyRight, the US version of their self-titled debut album which replaced five {{album filler}} tracks with singles like "White Man in Hammersmith Palias" and "Complete Control".

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* In the case of the seminal English punk band Music/TheClash, many critics - including [[http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:m7xvad5kv8wn Allmusic Guide]] - believe that they grew their beard in a case of ExecutiveMeddling GoneHorriblyRight, the US version of their self-titled debut album which replaced five {{album filler}} tracks with singles like "White Man in Hammersmith Palias" Palais" and "Complete Control".



** Unfortunately, the band broke up soon after. Until they reunited and released Traced In Air in 2008, which was more than a worthy comeback in the eyes of fans.
* Music/DavidBowie was in the music business for ''five years'' before "Space Oddity"...and even then, his most iconic "early" (glam) songs (most of them actually VindicatedByHistory after "Ziggy Stardust" brought him back into the public eye) didn't come until his partnership with Mick Ronson. It is Bowie's fourth album, ''Music/HunkyDory'', that is usually regarded as his first great one. ''Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld'' is also a case of this, as it's usually considered a step above his earlier work but a step below ''Hunky Dory'' (and some people still consider it a classic).

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** Unfortunately, the band broke up soon after. Until they reunited and released Traced In Air ''Traced in Air'' in 2008, which was a more than a worthy comeback in the eyes of fans.
* Music/DavidBowie was in the music business for ''five years'' before "Space Oddity"...and even then, his most iconic "early" (glam) songs (most of them actually VindicatedByHistory after "Ziggy Stardust" brought him back into the public eye) didn't come until his partnership with Mick Ronson. It is Bowie's fourth album, ''Music/HunkyDory'', that is usually regarded as his first great one. ''Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld'' is also a case of this, as it's usually considered a step above his earlier work work, but a step below ''Hunky Dory'' (and some people still consider it a classic).
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