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25th Jul '17 12:21:52 PM N1KF
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The NewSoundAlbum represents an album where a band generally known for a certain style backs away from its roots and makes a radical change, if not a total GenreShift. Reactions to this tend to vary. There's always a segment of the fanbase that says TheyChangedItNowItSucks and labels them as [[MoneyDearBoy sellouts]], even ignoring that sometimes the band honestly admits to wanting a change. In other parts there's a whole range of reactions, from mixed to positive. In the worst case the album will [[BrokenBase divide a fanbase]] into OldGuardVersusNewBlood, and in the best case a majority of fans will enjoy both periods of the band's career. When this happens, fans will usually cite the album as a case of GrowingTheBeard.

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The NewSoundAlbum New Sound Album represents an album where a band generally known for a certain style backs away from its roots and makes a radical change, if not a total GenreShift. Reactions to this tend to vary. There's always a segment of the fanbase that says TheyChangedItNowItSucks and labels them as [[MoneyDearBoy sellouts]], even ignoring that sometimes the band honestly admits to wanting a change. In other parts there's a whole range of reactions, from mixed to positive. In the worst case the album will [[BrokenBase divide a fanbase]] into OldGuardVersusNewBlood, and in the best case a majority of fans will enjoy both periods of the band's career. When this happens, fans will usually cite the album as a case of GrowingTheBeard.



** There breakout album, 1994's ''Smash,'' is itself a NewSoundAlbum. Their previous two albums are much rougher hardcore punk, while ''Smash'' marked the debut of better hooks and a strong metal influence.

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** There breakout album, 1994's ''Smash,'' is itself a NewSoundAlbum.New Sound Album. Their previous two albums are much rougher hardcore punk, while ''Smash'' marked the debut of better hooks and a strong metal influence.



** However the transitions are so gradual that in many cases it's difficult to pinpoint ''exactly'' which one is the NewSoundAlbum. ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'' is not so different from ''Obscured By Clouds'', which is not so different from ''Music/{{Meddle}}'', which is not so different from ''Music/AtomHeartMother''... yet ''Atom Heart Mother'' and ''The Dark Side Of The Moon'' are worlds apart.

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** However the transitions are so gradual that in many cases it's difficult to pinpoint ''exactly'' which one is the NewSoundAlbum.New Sound Album. ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'' is not so different from ''Obscured By Clouds'', which is not so different from ''Music/{{Meddle}}'', which is not so different from ''Music/AtomHeartMother''... yet ''Atom Heart Mother'' and ''The Dark Side Of The Moon'' are worlds apart.



** Some Rush fans have noticed that the album following an official LiveAlbum would be a NewSoundAlbum. They seem to have abandoned this since their 2003 return to regular recording and touring.

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** Some Rush fans have noticed that the album following an official LiveAlbum would be a NewSoundAlbum.New Sound Album. They seem to have abandoned this since their 2003 return to regular recording and touring.



* Music/SisterMachineGun is an odd case in which every album can be considered to be a NewSoundAlbum. The only person who appears on every single release is the singer/songwriter and even during live concerts some songs are often performed differently than they were on the album they originate from.
** In the later years the shifts happened a bit less often, for example the 5th and 6th albums had [=EPs=] come after them that were each in the same style as the album they followed (for example the album ''6'' was followed by the [=EPs=] '6.1' and '6.2') but then the next album release would be another NewSoundAlbum.

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* Music/SisterMachineGun is an odd case in which every album can be considered to be a NewSoundAlbum.New Sound Album. The only person who appears on every single release is the singer/songwriter and even during live concerts some songs are often performed differently than they were on the album they originate from.
** In the later years the shifts happened a bit less often, for example the 5th and 6th albums had [=EPs=] come after them that were each in the same style as the album they followed (for example the album ''6'' was followed by the [=EPs=] '6.1' and '6.2') but then the next album release would be another NewSoundAlbum.New Sound Album.
17th Jul '17 4:45:55 AM StFan
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* The Music/FooFighters, after their {{Post-Grunge}}-heavy first two albums (SelfTitledAlbum and ''The Colour and The Shape''), have decided to explore different styles - including an all-acoustic disc for their double-disc set, ''In Your Honour''.

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* The Music/FooFighters, after their {{Post-Grunge}}-heavy PostGrunge-heavy first two albums (SelfTitledAlbum and ''The Colour and The Shape''), have decided to explore different styles - including an all-acoustic disc for their double-disc set, ''In Your Honour''.



* Prior to breaking internationally, Music/AlanisMorissette had recorded two teen pop albums. Then, for ''Music/JaggedLittlePill''(her first album to reach international success), she decided to go with a harder rocking decidedly {{Post-Grunge}} style.

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* Prior to breaking internationally, Music/AlanisMorissette had recorded two teen pop albums. Then, for ''Music/JaggedLittlePill''(her first album to reach international success), she decided to go with a harder rocking decidedly {{Post-Grunge}} PostGrunge style.



* Rebecca St. James' first self-titled album was of a bouncy teen pop style. Then, for ''God'' (her second album), she has also decided to go with a harder rock decidedly {{Post-Grunge}} style (in the style of Alanis Morissette, no less). Oddly enough, she claims to have never listened to her secular counterpart while recording that album.

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* Rebecca St. James' first self-titled album was of a bouncy teen pop style. Then, for ''God'' (her second album), she has also decided to go with a harder rock decidedly {{Post-Grunge}} PostGrunge style (in the style of Alanis Morissette, no less). Oddly enough, she claims to have never listened to her secular counterpart while recording that album.
8th Jul '17 11:37:47 PM ecuvulle6267
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3rd Jul '17 4:32:06 AM Piterpicher
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* Music/ButtholeSurfers were initially known for psychedelic noise rock, but slowly started sliding towards more conventional alternative rock as time went on. The ''real'' big change in sound came with LostEpisode album ''After The Astronaut'' (and ''The Weird Revolution'', which had revamped versions of many of the same songs) - their sound became much more electronic and danceable, although WordSaladLyrics and some sophomoric humor remained. The change wasn't entirely out of the blue though - their contribution to the ''Spawn'' soundtrack had them working with {{Moby}}, while "Whatever (I Had A Dream)" from ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'' had a heavy trip-hop influence. Their BlackSheepHit "Pepper", often compared (or just plain [[MisattributedSong misattributed]]) to {{Music/Beck}}, could be considered a precursor too. And finally, much earlier than any of this, there was The Jackofficers, an obscure and short-lived experimental electronic side project of members Gibby Haynes and Jeff Pinkus, who put out [[OneBookAuthor one album]] in 1990.

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* Music/ButtholeSurfers were initially known for psychedelic noise rock, but slowly started sliding towards more conventional alternative rock as time went on. The ''real'' big change in sound came with LostEpisode album ''After The Astronaut'' (and ''The Weird Revolution'', which had revamped versions of many of the same songs) - their sound became much more electronic and danceable, although WordSaladLyrics and some sophomoric humor remained. The change wasn't entirely out of the blue though - their contribution to the ''Spawn'' soundtrack had them working with {{Moby}}, Music/{{Moby}}, while "Whatever (I Had A Dream)" from ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'' had a heavy trip-hop influence. Their BlackSheepHit "Pepper", often compared (or just plain [[MisattributedSong misattributed]]) to {{Music/Beck}}, could be considered a precursor too. And finally, much earlier than any of this, there was The Jackofficers, an obscure and short-lived experimental electronic side project of members Gibby Haynes and Jeff Pinkus, who put out [[OneBookAuthor one album]] in 1990.
1st Jul '17 6:55:57 PM wolftickets1969
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* Decoded Feedback's ''Shockwave'' was more minimalistic than their other albums. They returned to the Hellectro-EBM style afterwards.

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* Decoded Feedback's ''Shockwave'' was more minimalistic than their other prior albums. They returned to Aggrotech EBM for ''Combustion'', then the Hellectro-EBM style afterwards.following albums moved in a LighterAndSofter direction towards Futurepop.
26th Jun '17 2:30:39 AM GiantJumboJellyfish
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* Enter Shikari's first album, 2007's ''Take To The Skies'', was more or less screamo with some synthesizers. Their second full-length, 2009's ''Common Dreads'', aimed for a less heavy but more experimental sound and also made the lyrical change from singing about more or less anything to highly political, anti-capitalist lyrics. 2010's one-off single ''Destabilise'' went even heavier on the synths and also added some hip hop elements. [[WordOfGod According to the band]], the forthcoming album is going to include influences by both Music/SigurRos and Music/{{Rammstein}}.

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* Enter Shikari's Music/EnterShikari's first album, 2007's ''Take To The Skies'', was more or less screamo {{Metalcore}} with some synthesizers. Their second full-length, 2009's ''Common Dreads'', aimed for a less heavy but more experimental sound and also made the lyrical change from singing about more or less anything to highly political, anti-capitalist lyrics. 2010's one-off single ''Destabilise'' went even heavier on the synths and also added some hip hop elements. [[WordOfGod According to the band]], the forthcoming album is going to include influences by both Music/SigurRos and Music/{{Rammstein}}.
14th May '17 10:48:49 AM UltimateLazer
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* Music/CalvinHarris had a pretty consistent sound for most of his music, being poppy upbeat electronic dance music. However, for his fourth album ''Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1'', he decided to change things up to a more rhythmic sound with a funkier beat and more 'urban' guest artists, consisting mostly of rappers and R&B singers. It's more in line with the likes of DJ Khaled than his previous work.
9th May '17 3:52:29 AM Spindriver
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* Music/ImeldaMay had always showed other influences, but her first few albums established her as something of a {{rockabilly}} revivalist, complete with a very distinctive visual style. ''Life Love Flesh Blood'' (2017) showcases a wider range of styles; it's a relatively subtle shift by the standards of the trope, but the accompanying change in her look, from SkunkStripe to LittleBlackDress, made the point clear; as she said, she wanted to stop dressing up as "Imelda May".

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* Music/ImeldaMay had always showed other influences, but her first few albums established her as something of a {{rockabilly}} revivalist, complete with a very distinctive visual style. ''Life Love Flesh Blood'' (2017) showcases a wider range of styles; it's a relatively subtle shift by the standards of the trope, but the accompanying change in her look, from SkunkStripe to LittleBlackDress, made the point clear; as clear. As she said, she wanted to stop dressing up as "Imelda May".
9th May '17 3:51:38 AM Spindriver
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* Music/MarinaAndTheDiamonds ([[IAmTheBand It's only one person!]]) started off with indie pop with {{Retraux}} influences, but starting with ''Electra Heart'' she switched to an electropop sound. Apparantly, [[CriticalDissonance the critics were the only ones saying]] "[[TheyChangedItNowItSucks She Changed Her Music, Now She Sucks]]", as it was acclaimed by her fans.

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* Music/MarinaAndTheDiamonds ([[IAmTheBand It's only one person!]]) started off with indie pop with {{Retraux}} influences, but starting with ''Electra Heart'' she switched to an electropop sound. Apparantly, Apparently, [[CriticalDissonance the critics were the only ones saying]] "[[TheyChangedItNowItSucks She Changed Her Music, Now She Sucks]]", as it was acclaimed by her fans.


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* Music/ImeldaMay had always showed other influences, but her first few albums established her as something of a {{rockabilly}} revivalist, complete with a very distinctive visual style. ''Life Love Flesh Blood'' (2017) showcases a wider range of styles; it's a relatively subtle shift by the standards of the trope, but the accompanying change in her look, from SkunkStripe to LittleBlackDress, made the point clear; as she said, she wanted to stop dressing up as "Imelda May".
7th May '17 9:18:53 AM wolftickets1969
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* Midnight Resistance was electronic-based DarkWave with a touch [[{{Industrial}} Future Pop]] on his first album, then changed to a more AlternativeRock type sound for his second.

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* Midnight Resistance was electronic-based DarkWave with a touch of [[{{Industrial}} Future Pop]] on his first album, ''Remote'', then changed to a more guitar-based AlternativeRock type sound for his second.second, ''The Mirror Cage''.
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