History LighterAndSofter / Music

17th Nov '17 11:27:43 PM Twentington
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* This was the reason behind brothers Ricky Lee and Doug Phelps, then the lead singer and bassist respectively of The Kentucky Headhunters, split from the band in 1993 to form the duo Brother Phelps. Ricky Lee wanted to sing straight-up country instead of the band's harder-edged Southern rock, so the two albums that Brother Phelps did were noticeably lighter in tone than the previous band. (Doug rejoined in 1995, taking his brother's former role.)

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* This was the reason behind In 1993, brothers Ricky Lee and Doug Phelps, then Phelps quit their respective roles of the lead singer and bassist respectively of Southern rock/country band The Kentucky Headhunters, split from the band in 1993 Headhunters to form the duo Brother Phelps. Ricky Lee wanted to sing straight-up country instead of the band's harder-edged Southern rock, so the two albums that Brother Phelps did were noticeably lighter in tone than the previous band. (Doug rejoined in 1995, taking his brother's former role.)
1st Nov '17 8:13:06 PM bt8257
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* The departure of Roger Waters from Music/PinkFloyd was followed by a classic Lightening and Softening. From mental breakdowns rendered into music and harsh lyrics condemning modern life, Music/PinkFloyd moved to David Gilmour's gentle dreamy soundscapes. Lyrically, the later albums tend to unfocused expressions of good will and an earnest appreciation for life. The remaining angst now seemed more of pose: a mere colour on the palette, not a raw daub of blood. Interestingly, the Waters-lead era (beginning with ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'') was itself a DarkerAndEdgier version Pink Floyd. Before this point, Floyd albums were known for being spacey and psychedelic rather than particularly dark. Indeed, their original Syd Barrett era was downright whimsical at times.

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* The departure of Roger Waters from Music/PinkFloyd was followed by a classic Lightening and Softening. From mental breakdowns rendered into music and harsh lyrics condemning modern life, Music/PinkFloyd Pink Floyd moved to David Gilmour's gentle dreamy soundscapes. Lyrically, the later albums tend to unfocused expressions of good will and an earnest appreciation for life. The remaining angst now seemed more of pose: a mere colour on the palette, not a raw daub of blood. Interestingly, the Waters-lead era (beginning with ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'') was itself a DarkerAndEdgier version {{darker and edgier}} Pink Floyd. Before this point, Floyd albums were known for being spacey and psychedelic rather than particularly dark. Indeed, their original Syd Barrett era was downright whimsical at times.
20th Oct '17 2:23:59 PM bt8257
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* Music/BreakingBenjamin did this somewhat. Their first two albums, ''Saturate'' and ''We are not Alone'', were both had heavier AlternativeMetal influences, drawing inspiration from Music/AliceInChains and Music/{{Tool}}. Their next two albums, ''Phobia'' and ''Dear Agony'', had more of an alt rock/grungy sound and were a little bit softer musically. Lyrically though, they were about the same, with the later two albums possibly even being a slight bit darker than their first two.

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* Music/BreakingBenjamin did this somewhat. [[PlayingWithATrope somewhat]]. Their first two albums, ''Saturate'' and ''We are not Are Not Alone'', were both had heavier AlternativeMetal influences, drawing inspiration from Music/AliceInChains and Music/{{Tool}}. Their next two albums, ''Phobia'' and ''Dear Agony'', had more of an alt rock/grungy {{alternative rock}}[=/=]{{grunge}} sound and were a little bit softer musically. Lyrically though, they were about the same, with the later two albums possibly even being a slight bit darker than their first two.



* Music/SugarRay ''embody'' this trope. After BlackSheepHit "Fly" brought them an unexpected #1 hit, they dropped much of the heavy rock jams of their first two albums, and on their third album, ''14:59", they embraced {{Pop}} music for real, to the biggest success of their career. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkE1ZmvjP_E Their early stuff]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQSCKWfJlXs their later stuff]] are like two different bands.
* Music/{{Chicago}} built a grand reputation for themselves in the [[TheSeventies '70s]] as SpiritualSuccessor to BloodSweatAndTears, mixing ProgressiveRock with {{Jazz}} instrumentation and {{Funk}} rhythms, only to {{retool}} themselves as an AdultContemporary soft rock act during TheEighties following the success of [[BlackSheepHit "If You Leave Me Now"]] near the end of the prior decade. One need only hear their two most well-known songs, "25 or 6 to 4" and "You're the Inspiration", to understand the contrast.

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* Music/SugarRay ''embody'' this trope. After BlackSheepHit "Fly" brought them an unexpected #1 hit, they dropped much of the heavy rock jams of their first two albums, and on their third album, ''14:59", ''14:59'', they embraced {{Pop}} {{pop}} music for real, to the biggest success of their career. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkE1ZmvjP_E Their early stuff]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQSCKWfJlXs their later stuff]] are like two different bands.
* Music/{{Chicago}} built a grand reputation for themselves in the [[TheSeventies '70s]] TheSeventies as a SpiritualSuccessor to BloodSweatAndTears, mixing ProgressiveRock with {{Jazz}} instrumentation and {{Funk}} rhythms, only to {{retool}} themselves as an AdultContemporary soft rock act during TheEighties following the success of [[BlackSheepHit "If You Leave Me Now"]] near the end of the prior decade. One need only hear their two most well-known songs, "25 or 6 to 4" and "You're the Inspiration", to understand the contrast.
20th Oct '17 2:14:48 PM bt8257
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* The Music/VelvetUnderground have an interesting trajectory in this regard. Their first album--1967's ''Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico''--was a fairly eclectic mix of soft stuff, hard stuff, and hard stuff that sounds soft (consider "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09bHvtAz4j8 Sunday Morning]]," for instance). The next album, ''Music/WhiteLightWhiteHeat'', took a definite turn for the experimental and {{dark|erAndEdgier}} (the title track is about amphetamines, and it gets more macabre--often [[BlackComedy humorously]] so--from there; John Cale stated that it was "consciously anti-beauty"). However, the third album, 1969's ''Music/TheVelvetUnderground'', is a lot mellower (if nevertheless experimental) -- something the band occasionally attributed to having their equipment stolen before recording --, and finally 1970's ''Music/{{Loaded}}'' (so called because [[ExecutiveMeddling the label wanted an album "loaded with hits"]]), which is ''much'' softer musically (but also just as experimental and ''[[EarWorm ridiculously]]'' [[EarWorm listenable]], proving that [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]]).

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* The Music/VelvetUnderground have an interesting trajectory in this regard. Their first album--1967's ''Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico''--was a fairly eclectic mix of soft stuff, hard stuff, and hard stuff that sounds soft (consider "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09bHvtAz4j8 Sunday Morning]]," for instance). The next album, ''Music/WhiteLightWhiteHeat'', took a definite turn for the experimental and {{dark|erAndEdgier}} (the title track is about amphetamines, and it gets more macabre--often [[BlackComedy humorously]] so--from there; John Cale stated that it was "consciously anti-beauty"). However, the third album, 1969's ''Music/TheVelvetUnderground'', is a lot mellower (if nevertheless experimental) -- something the band occasionally attributed to having their equipment stolen before recording --, and finally 1970's ''Music/{{Loaded}}'' (so called because [[ExecutiveMeddling the label wanted an album "loaded with hits"]]), which is ''much'' softer musically (but also just as experimental and ''[[EarWorm ridiculously]]'' [[EarWorm listenable]], proving that [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]]).TropesAreNotBad).



* A lot of Hip-Hop fans say this is what happened to mainstream rap music. The days of the weed smoking gangstas, and proud to be black Afrocentric political rappers with their gritty [[JustifiedCriminal Justified crime tales]], and socio-political street knowledge were long gone. Only to be replaced (circa early 00's) by champagne sipping pimps, and playas, who love to rap about wealth, cheesy love songs, and club anthems.

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* A lot of Hip-Hop fans say this is what happened to mainstream rap music. The days of the weed smoking gangstas, and proud to be black Afrocentric political rappers with their gritty [[JustifiedCriminal Justified crime tales]], and socio-political street knowledge were long gone. Only gone, only to be replaced (circa early 00's) by champagne sipping pimps, and playas, who love to rap about wealth, cheesy love songs, and club anthems.



* CountryMusic band Music/{{Lonestar}}. They were a bit edgy and more rocking on their first album; the second was smooth, almost Music/{{Eagles}}-esque; the third was anchored by the PowerBallad "Amazed" and other songs like it; and all the successive albums contained a mix of "Amazed"-style power ballads (e.g. "Not a Day Goes By", "Let's Be Us Again"); [[TastesLikeDiabetes mushy]], bland, family-friendly, soccer-mom-targeting fare (such as "I'm Already There", "My Front Porch Looking In", and "Mr. Mom"), and otherwise safe, totally de-fanged lite-country-pop. It's hard to believe that this is the same band whose first #1 hit, "No News", had a Ku Klux Klan reference {{Bowdlerise}}d from it.

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* CountryMusic band Music/{{Lonestar}}. They were a bit edgy and more rocking on their first album; the second was smooth, almost Music/{{Eagles}}-esque; the third was anchored by the PowerBallad "Amazed" and other songs like it; and all the successive albums contained a mix of "Amazed"-style power ballads (e.g. "Not a Day Goes By", "Let's Be Us Again"); [[TastesLikeDiabetes mushy]], bland, family-friendly, soccer-mom-targeting fare (such as "I'm Already There", "My Front Porch Looking In", and "Mr. Mom"), and otherwise safe, totally de-fanged lite-country-pop. It's hard to believe that this is the same band whose first #1 hit, "No News", had a Ku Klux Klan reference {{Bowdlerise}}d {{bowdlerize}}d from it.



* Music/FaithNoMore really had no direction to go ''but'' Lighter And Softer after the nightmarish ''Angel Dust''. ''King For a Day, Fool For a Lifetime'' had its share of disturbing and brutal metal tracks ("Cuckoo for Caca", "Ugly in the Morning"), but the contrasting songs were noticaebly way more laidback, usually alternating between AlternativeRock, lighter takes on {{Grunge}} and {{Novelty Song}}s in the styles of {{Jazz}} and {{Pop}}. ''Album of the Year'' mostly followed suit, with the occasional ''Angel Dust''-esque metal number ("Collision", "Last Cup of Sorrow", "Paths of Glory") surrounded by more upbeat {{Punk|Rock}} and Alt Rock tracks as well as experiments with ambient {{electronic|music}} sounds. Though both of these albums came after the departure of original guitarist Jim Martin, they are still noticeably DarkerAndEdgier than ''Introduce Yourself'' and ''The Real Thing''.

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* Music/FaithNoMore really had no direction to go ''but'' Lighter And Softer LighterAndSofter after the nightmarish ''Angel Dust''. ''King For for a Day, Fool For for a Lifetime'' had its share of disturbing and brutal metal tracks ("Cuckoo for Caca", "Ugly in the Morning"), but the contrasting songs were noticaebly way more laidback, usually alternating between AlternativeRock, lighter takes on {{Grunge}} and {{Novelty Song}}s in the styles of {{Jazz}} and {{Pop}}. ''Album of the Year'' mostly followed suit, with the occasional ''Angel Dust''-esque metal number ("Collision", "Last Cup of Sorrow", "Paths of Glory") surrounded by more upbeat {{Punk|Rock}} and Alt Rock tracks as well as experiments with ambient {{electronic|music}} sounds. Though both of these albums came after the departure of original guitarist Jim Martin, they are still noticeably DarkerAndEdgier than ''Introduce Yourself'' and ''The Real Thing''.



* Music/{{Chicago}} built a grand reputation for themselves in the [[TheSeventies '70s]] as SpiritualSuccessor to BloodSweatAndTears, mixing ProgressiveRock with {{Jazz}} instrumentation and {{Funk}} rhythms, only to {{retool}} themselves as an AdultContemporary soft rock act during the [[TheEighties '80s]] following the success of [[BlackSheepHit "If You Leave Me Now"]] near the end of the prior decade. One need only hear their two most well-known songs, "25 or 6 to 4" and "You're the Inspiration", to understand the contrast.

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* Music/{{Chicago}} built a grand reputation for themselves in the [[TheSeventies '70s]] as SpiritualSuccessor to BloodSweatAndTears, mixing ProgressiveRock with {{Jazz}} instrumentation and {{Funk}} rhythms, only to {{retool}} themselves as an AdultContemporary soft rock act during the [[TheEighties '80s]] TheEighties following the success of [[BlackSheepHit "If You Leave Me Now"]] near the end of the prior decade. One need only hear their two most well-known songs, "25 or 6 to 4" and "You're the Inspiration", to understand the contrast.



* Music/TheOcean released three albums filled with heavy, aggressive, dark, and doomy progressive sludge metal. Cue Heliocentric, and there's a lot more melody and clean singing. There's even a ballad!
* Music/BringMeTheHorizon started out as a {{deathcore}} outfit on their first album, they quickly changed to a lighter yet still hard-sounding {{metalcore}} band afterwards. This stayed for a long time and they became one of the faces of metalcore. Naturally, it was a surprise when all of this was tossed aside with ''That's the Spirit''. They abandoned metalcore completely for a ''much'' lighter radio-friendly sound that incorporates {{nu metal}}, {{emo}}, {{alternative rock}}, {{pop punk}}, and electronic rock. Listening to "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWggPLXeOkU Pray for Plagues]]", then "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJEahE-4juQ Shadow Moses]]", then "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow_qI_F2ZJI Throne]]", they sound like three completely different bands.

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* Music/TheOcean released three albums filled with heavy, aggressive, dark, and doomy progressive sludge metal. Cue Heliocentric, ''Heliocentric'', and there's a lot more melody and clean singing. There's even a ballad!
* Music/BringMeTheHorizon started out as a {{deathcore}} outfit on their first album, they quickly changed to a lighter yet still hard-sounding {{metalcore}} band afterwards. This stayed for a long time and they became one of the faces of metalcore. Naturally, it was a surprise when all of this was tossed aside with ''That's the Spirit''. They abandoned metalcore completely for a ''much'' lighter radio-friendly sound that incorporates {{nu metal}}, {{emo}}, {{emo|Music}}, {{alternative rock}}, {{pop punk}}, and electronic rock. Listening to "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWggPLXeOkU Pray for Plagues]]", then "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJEahE-4juQ Shadow Moses]]", then "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow_qI_F2ZJI Throne]]", they sound like three completely different bands.
22nd Sep '17 1:10:21 PM Pichu-kun
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* In terms of singing style, In This Moment's second album ''The Dream'', which placed a lot more emphasis on clean vocals than the {{Metal Scream}}s of ''Beautiful Tragedy''. [[JustifiedTrope This was because]] lead singer Maria Brink wanted to challenge herself with what she (personally) found a more difficult singing style.

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* In terms of singing style, In This Moment's Music/InThisMoment's second album ''The Dream'', which placed a lot more emphasis on clean vocals than the {{Metal Scream}}s of ''Beautiful Tragedy''. [[JustifiedTrope This was because]] lead singer Maria Brink wanted to challenge herself with what she (personally) found a more difficult singing style.
2nd Sep '17 1:52:48 PM bt8257
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* Music/{{Gorillaz}} followed up his darkest and most depressive work on "Demon Days" with a flashy synthpop album, "Music/PlasticBeach."

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* Music/{{Gorillaz}} followed up his darkest and most depressive work on "Demon Days" ''Demon Days'' with a flashy synthpop album, "Music/PlasticBeach."''Music/PlasticBeach''.



** This is also common when leveled at ''SPECIFIC'' artists within the genre. Primarily HardcoreHipHop rappers and the Blue Collar and Hardcore variants of GangstaRap. A good example would be 50Cent whom ironically built his image around being the anti-Ja Rule (whom also turned lighter), which to some made fiddy hypocritical. Then there's others like Music/SnoopDogg, Music/ThreeSixMafia, Music/JayZ, Music/{{Nas}} (circa ''Nastradamus''), the later years of No Limit records, Music/BoneThugsNHarmony (fans thinking they're still trying to chase [[BlackSheepHit ''Tha Crossroads'']], or at least the record label is), Music/WuTangClan circa ''Wu-Tang Forever'' (RZA saying it was a record [[ButNotTooBlack for white people]]).

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** This is also common when leveled at ''SPECIFIC'' artists within the genre. Primarily HardcoreHipHop rappers and the Blue Collar and Hardcore variants of GangstaRap. A good example would be 50Cent whom ironically built his image around being the anti-Ja Rule (whom also turned lighter), which to some made fiddy hypocritical. Then there's others like Music/SnoopDogg, Music/ThreeSixMafia, Music/JayZ, Music/{{Nas}} (circa ''Nastradamus''), the later years of No Limit records, Music/BoneThugsNHarmony (fans thinking they're still trying to chase [[BlackSheepHit ''Tha Crossroads'']], "Tha Crossroads"]], or at least the record label is), Music/WuTangClan circa ''Wu-Tang Forever'' (RZA saying it was a record [[ButNotTooBlack for white people]]).



* Believe it or not, Music/DefLeppard was once considered one of the major bands of the new wave of British metal alongside bands like Music/IronMaiden and Music/{{Motorhead}}. These days, most people only know the band for their radio-friendly HairMetal hits that started with their third album, ''Pyromania''. The members of Def Leppard openly admit that they adopted a softer and more mainstream sound in an effort to become more popular and successful. It worked, big time.

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* Believe it or not, Music/DefLeppard was once considered one of the major bands of the new wave of British heavy metal alongside bands like Music/IronMaiden and Music/{{Motorhead}}. These days, most people only know the band for their radio-friendly HairMetal hits that started with their third album, ''Pyromania''. The members of Def Leppard openly admit that they adopted a softer and more mainstream sound in an effort to become more popular and successful. It worked, big time.



* Music/AcidBath could have been said to have done this with their second album, which toned down the abrasive sludge, death metal, grindcore, and post-hardcore elements of ''When the Kite String Pops'' while bumping up the stoner, blues, gothic rock, folk, and country influences. Of course, given that it ''was'' Acid Bath, ''Paegan Terrorism Tactics'' was still incredibly dark and nightmarish, just a lot more prone to LyricalDissonance. It was also a perfect example of [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]] and how to pull this trope off the right way.

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* Music/AcidBath could have been said to have done this with their second album, which toned down the abrasive sludge, death metal, grindcore, and post-hardcore elements of ''When the Kite String Pops'' while bumping up the stoner, blues, gothic rock, folk, and country influences. Of course, given that it ''was'' Acid Bath, ''Paegan Terrorism Tactics'' was still incredibly dark and nightmarish, just a lot more prone to LyricalDissonance. It was also a perfect example of [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]] TropesAreNotBad and how to pull this trope off the right way.



* Music/{{Chicago}} are heavily renowned as being one of the most tragic cases of this. They built a grand reputation for themselves in the [[TheSeventies '70s]] as SpiritualSuccessor to BloodSweatAndTears, mixing ProgressiveRock with {{Jazz}} instrumentation and {{Funk}} rhythms, only to completely obliterate it by {{Retool}}ing themselves as an AdultContemporary soft rock act during the [[TheEighties '80s]] following the success of [[BlackSheepHit "If You Leave Me Now"]] near the end of the prior decade. One need only hear their two most well-known songs, "25 or 6 to 4" and "You're the Inspiration", to understand the startling contrast.

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* Music/{{Chicago}} are heavily renowned as being one of the most tragic cases of this. They built a grand reputation for themselves in the [[TheSeventies '70s]] as SpiritualSuccessor to BloodSweatAndTears, mixing ProgressiveRock with {{Jazz}} instrumentation and {{Funk}} rhythms, only to completely obliterate it by {{Retool}}ing {{retool}} themselves as an AdultContemporary soft rock act during the [[TheEighties '80s]] following the success of [[BlackSheepHit "If You Leave Me Now"]] near the end of the prior decade. One need only hear their two most well-known songs, "25 or 6 to 4" and "You're the Inspiration", to understand the startling contrast.
23rd Aug '17 4:50:42 PM KizunaTallis
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* Played straight, then modestly averted with Music/{{Underoath}}. Those familiar with their commercial successes ''They're Only Chasing Safety'' and ''Define the Great Line'' might be shocked upon listening to their first two releases, ''Act of Depression'' and ''Cries of the Past'', both of which are full-blown DeathMetal albums. The [[MeaningfulName aptly-titled]] follow-up ''The Changing of Times'' marked a break away from their original Death Metal sound into the more melodic and accessible PostHardcore sound they became known for today.
** However, after ''Only Chasing Safety'', their (relatively) Lightest and Softest album[[note]]containing lines such as "Sleeping with the girl next door, I always knew you were a sucker for that" that were a stark contrast to the punishingly dark themes on the first two albums such as suicide, abortion, rape and damnation[[/note]] marked by a change in vocalist from their original [[TheUnintelligible Unintelligible]] Death Metal shrieker to more ear-freindle {{Hardcore}} vocalist Spencer Chamberlain and switch to a more radio-friendly "screaming verse, singing chorus, rinse and repeat", each release afterward was [[DarkerAndEdgier noticeably darker and heavier than the last]]. The departure of long-time drummer and clean singer Aaron Gillespe has left the band in a position between the dissonant Death Metal of the debut and the commercial melodic Hardcore of ''Chasing Safety'', sporting a DoomMetal-esque sound with emphasis on [[MasterOfNone neither heaviness or melody]].

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* Played straight, then modestly averted with Music/{{Underoath}}. Those familiar with their commercial successes most commercially successful material such as the ''They're Only Chasing Safety'' and ''Define the Great Line'' albums might be shocked upon listening to their first two releases, ''Act of Depression'' and ''Cries of the Past'', both of which are full-blown DeathMetal albums. The [[MeaningfulName aptly-titled]] follow-up ''The Changing of Times'' marked a break away from their original Death Metal sound into the more melodic and accessible PostHardcore sound they became known for today.
** However, after ''Only Chasing Safety'', their (relatively) Lightest and Softest album[[note]]containing lines such as "Sleeping with the girl next door, I always knew you were a sucker for that" that were a stark contrast to the punishingly dark themes on the first two albums such as suicide, abortion, rape and damnation[[/note]] marked by a change in vocalist vocalists from their original [[TheUnintelligible Unintelligible]] Death Metal shrieker Dallas Taylor to more ear-freindle {{Hardcore}} vocalist Spencer Chamberlain and switch to a more radio-friendly "screaming verse, singing chorus, rinse and repeat", repeat" SopranoAndGravel style, each release afterward was [[DarkerAndEdgier noticeably darker and heavier than the last]]. The departure of long-time drummer and clean singer Aaron Gillespe has left the band in a position between the dissonant Death Metal of the debut and the commercial melodic Hardcore of ''Chasing Safety'', sporting a DoomMetal-esque sound with emphasis on [[MasterOfNone neither heaviness or melody]].
30th Jul '17 12:48:01 PM Twentington
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* This was the reason behind brothers Ricky Lee and Doug Phelps, then the lead singer and bassist respectively of The Kentucky Headhunters, split from the band in 1993 to form the duo Brother Phelps. Ricky Lee wanted to sing straight-up country instead of the band's harder-edged Southern rock, so the two albums that Brother Phelps did were noticeably lighter in tone than the previous band. (Doug rejoined in 1995, taking his brother's former role.)
7th Jul '17 1:52:29 AM bt8257
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%%* American Slang seems to be this for The Gaslight Anthem.
* The Music/VelvetUnderground have an interesting trajectory in this regard. Their first album--1967's ''Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico''--was a fairly eclectic mix of soft stuff, hard stuff, and hard stuff that sounds soft (consider "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09bHvtAz4j8 Sunday Morning]]," for instance). The next album, ''Music/WhiteLightWhiteHeat'', took a definite turn for the experimental and {{dark|erAndEdgier}} (the title track is about amphetamines, and it gets more macabre--often [[BlackHumor humorously]] so--from there; John Cale stated that it was "consciously anti-beauty"). However, the third album, 1969's ''Music/TheVelvetUnderground'', is a lot mellower (if nevertheless experimental) -- something the band occasionally attributed to having their equipment stolen before recording --, and finally 1970's ''Music/{{Loaded}}'' (so called because [[ExecutiveMeddling the label wanted an album "loaded with hits"]]), which is ''much'' softer musically (but also just as experimental and ''[[EarWorm ridiculously]]'' [[EarWorm listenable]], proving that [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]]).
* The first two albums by Music/MotleyCrue, ''Too Fast For Love'' and ''Shout at the Devil'', were dark and gritty HeavyMetal albums with lyrics that dealt with things like drug abuse and Satanism. Beginning with their third album, ''Theater Of Pain'', they moved in a more MTV-friendly hard rock direction with rock anthems like "Smokin' In The Boys' Room" and ballads like "Home Sweet Home."

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%%* American Slang seems to be this for The Gaslight Anthem.
* The Music/VelvetUnderground have an interesting trajectory in this regard. Their first album--1967's ''Music/TheVelvetUndergroundAndNico''--was a fairly eclectic mix of soft stuff, hard stuff, and hard stuff that sounds soft (consider "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09bHvtAz4j8 Sunday Morning]]," for instance). The next album, ''Music/WhiteLightWhiteHeat'', took a definite turn for the experimental and {{dark|erAndEdgier}} (the title track is about amphetamines, and it gets more macabre--often [[BlackHumor [[BlackComedy humorously]] so--from there; John Cale stated that it was "consciously anti-beauty"). However, the third album, 1969's ''Music/TheVelvetUnderground'', is a lot mellower (if nevertheless experimental) -- something the band occasionally attributed to having their equipment stolen before recording --, and finally 1970's ''Music/{{Loaded}}'' (so called because [[ExecutiveMeddling the label wanted an album "loaded with hits"]]), which is ''much'' softer musically (but also just as experimental and ''[[EarWorm ridiculously]]'' [[EarWorm listenable]], proving that [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]]).
* The first two albums by Music/MotleyCrue, ''Too Fast For for Love'' and ''Shout at the Devil'', were dark and gritty HeavyMetal albums with lyrics that dealt with things like drug abuse and Satanism. Beginning with their third album, ''Theater Of Pain'', they moved in a more MTV-friendly hard rock direction with rock anthems like "Smokin' In The Boys' Room" and ballads like "Home Sweet Home."Home".



%%* Everything in Janet Jackson's career after ''The Velvet Rope''.



* Music/SugarRay ''embody'' this trope. After BlackSheepHit "Fly" brought them an unexpected #1 hit, they dropped much of the heavy rock jams of their first two albums, and on their third album, ''14:59," they embraced {{Pop}} music for real, to the biggest success of their career. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkE1ZmvjP_E Their early stuff]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQSCKWfJlXs their later stuff]] are like two different bands.

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* Music/SugarRay ''embody'' this trope. After BlackSheepHit "Fly" brought them an unexpected #1 hit, they dropped much of the heavy rock jams of their first two albums, and on their third album, ''14:59," ''14:59", they embraced {{Pop}} music for real, to the biggest success of their career. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkE1ZmvjP_E Their early stuff]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQSCKWfJlXs their later stuff]] are like two different bands.



* Music/BringMeTheHorizon started out as a {{deathcore}} outfit on their first album, they quickly changed to a lighter yet still hard-sounding {{metalcore}} band afterwards. This stayed for a long time and they became one of the faces of metalcore. Naturally, it was a surprise when all of this was tossed aside with ''That's the Spirit''. They abandoned metalcore completely for a ''much'' lighter radio-friendly sound that incorporates {{nu metal}}, {{emo}}, alternative rock, {{pop punk}}, and electronic rock. Listening to "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWggPLXeOkU Pray for Plagues]]", then "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJEahE-4juQ Shadow Moses]]", and then "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow_qI_F2ZJI Throne]]", they sound like three completely different bands.

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* Music/BringMeTheHorizon started out as a {{deathcore}} outfit on their first album, they quickly changed to a lighter yet still hard-sounding {{metalcore}} band afterwards. This stayed for a long time and they became one of the faces of metalcore. Naturally, it was a surprise when all of this was tossed aside with ''That's the Spirit''. They abandoned metalcore completely for a ''much'' lighter radio-friendly sound that incorporates {{nu metal}}, {{emo}}, alternative rock, {{alternative rock}}, {{pop punk}}, and electronic rock. Listening to "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWggPLXeOkU Pray for Plagues]]", then "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJEahE-4juQ Shadow Moses]]", and then "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow_qI_F2ZJI Throne]]", they sound like three completely different bands.
2nd Jun '17 1:54:14 PM mariofan1000
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* Music/{{Eminem}}'s ''The Marshall Mathers LP 2'', which is probably the most lighthearted album he's ever put out. It has the humor of his first two albums, but rarely the dark, twisted nature of them. ("Bad Guy" aside.)
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