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12th May '16 7:24:52 PM wyattte
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* Music/TheVines got huge press for their debut album, ''Highly Evolved,'' which went platinum in their native Australia and gold in the UK and America. Follow-up ''Winning Days'' had songs written around the time ''Highly Evolved'' was recorded, that didn't make that album. Critics noticed, and while the album went gold in Australia, it fizzled out everywhere else. Not helped by the fact that the frontman, Craig Nicholls, had struggles with UsefulNotes/AspergersSyndrome that caught up with him during the promotion of the album, resulting in an assault charge.
10th May '16 10:53:55 AM Lemia
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* ''Series/SleepyHollow'', after a popular first season, suffered from a rankings downturn during its second season that sidelined Ichabod and Abbie's relationship in favor of family drama and [[BaseBreaker base-breaking]] characters. The series was still renewed for a third season, but the ending of ''that'' season [[spoiler:killing off Abbie]] has led many viewers to permanently abandon the show.
7th May '16 6:56:52 PM Aomic
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** Inverted with the 12th Doctor- the first season after the regeneration is a hot mess, but the second is arguably the best since the relaunch.

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** Inverted with the 12th Doctor- the his first season series after the regeneration is a hot mess, but the second is arguably the best since the relaunch.
7th May '16 6:51:43 PM Aomic
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** The second season wasn't bad, but it was one of the most uneven. It gave us a few wonderful episodes like "The Girl in the Fireplace," and "School Reunion" but also had some of the show's bigger clunkers, like "Fear Her" and "Love & Monsters". There was also a story arc that didn't give as great a reveal as other Series, and which many fans felt was there for Russell T Davies to set up his own show. Also despite many fans loving the Doctor/Rose romance, there is quite a group that felt it was becoming a RomanticPlotTumour, even those who liked Rose in the first Series felt she became unlikeable here.
** The sixth season is this, being the second season of Steven Moffat's tenure as show runner (with a new Doctor, new companion, and a lot of new people behind the scenes,) after an outstanding first season. Again, some of the show's best ("The Girl Who Waited", "The Doctor's Wife",) were alongside some of the show's biggest misfires ("The Curse of the Black Spot", "Let's Kill Hitler".) Additionally, many felt like Moffat was trying to do a little too much and the plot got tangled, and the characterization of River Song took a big hit. In a [[http://www.nerdist.com/2013/11/doctor-who-a-companions-companion-series-6/ season review]] from the Nerdist (one of ''Doctor Who'''s biggest cheerleaders,) the writer even uses the term Sophomore Slump to describe it.

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** The second season series wasn't bad, but it was one of the most uneven. It gave us a few wonderful episodes like "The Girl in the Fireplace," and "School Reunion" but also had some of the show's bigger clunkers, like "Fear Her" and "Love & Monsters". There was also a story arc that didn't give as great a reveal as other Series, and which many fans felt was there for Russell T Davies to set up his own show. Also despite many fans loving the Doctor/Rose romance, there is quite a group that felt it was becoming a RomanticPlotTumour, even those who liked Rose in the first Series felt she became unlikeable here.
** The sixth season series is this, being the second season of Steven Moffat's tenure as show runner (with a new Doctor, new companion, and a lot of new people behind the scenes,) after an outstanding first season. Again, some of the show's best ("The Girl Who Waited", "The Doctor's Wife",) were alongside some of the show's biggest misfires ("The Curse of the Black Spot", "Let's Kill Hitler".) Additionally, many felt like Moffat was trying to do a little too much and the plot got tangled, and the characterization of River Song took a big hit. In a [[http://www.nerdist.com/2013/11/doctor-who-a-companions-companion-series-6/ season review]] from the Nerdist (one of ''Doctor Who'''s biggest cheerleaders,) the writer even uses the term Sophomore Slump to describe it.
28th Apr '16 4:19:45 AM Silverblade2
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* Music/DavidBowie had one of these with his third album, ''Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld''. Though it's nowadays seen as something of a flawed masterpiece, largely because its title track was CoveredUp by Music/{{Nirvana}}, it has often been considered one of his weaker albums compared to ''Music/SpaceOddity'', which it follows, and ''Music/HunkyDory'', which it proceeds.
24th Apr '16 10:36:25 PM JohnnyLurg
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* Music/PinkFloyd's first album, ''Music/ThePiperAtTheGatesOfDawn'', is often regarded as a masterpiece of psychedelic rock. However, their second album, ''Music/ASaucerfulOfSecrets'', was at the time generally dismissed as an inferior imitation at best, partially [[TheBandMinusTheFace due to the departure of Music/SydBarrett]].[[note]]After the success of ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'', ASOS was re-released as double album together with the first album and turned out to be more successful the second time around. While it's easy to tell that the band were struggling to cope without Barrett, the musical ideas that eventually made Pink Floyd great are clearly present.[[/note]] Should someone discover Pink Floyd today, the Sophomore Slump is barely noticeable as ''both'' albums are far inferior compared to their later ones.

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* Music/PinkFloyd's first album, ''Music/ThePiperAtTheGatesOfDawn'', is often regarded as a masterpiece of psychedelic rock. However, their second album, ''Music/ASaucerfulOfSecrets'', was at the time generally dismissed as an inferior imitation at best, partially [[TheBandMinusTheFace due to the departure of Music/SydBarrett]].[[note]]After the success of ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'', ASOS was re-released as double album together with the first album and turned out to be more successful the second time around. While it's easy to tell that the band were struggling to cope without Barrett, the musical ideas that eventually made Pink Floyd great are clearly present.[[/note]] Should someone discover Pink Floyd today, the Sophomore Slump is barely noticeable as ''both'' albums are far inferior compared to their later ones.[[/note]]
24th Apr '16 10:31:54 PM JohnnyLurg
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* While still a good album, ''Music/LedZeppelin II'' is often considered the weakest of Zeppelin's Atlantic Records period.
24th Apr '16 8:17:59 PM Monolaf317
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Compare OddballInTheSeries, {{Sequelitis}}, and SeasonalRot. Could cause a BrokenBase if another portion of the fandom disagree with the opinion that the work is going through a Sophomore Slump. If it's inverted, see GrowingTheBeard, SurprisinglyImprovedSequel, or EvenBetterSequel. If it's a longer-running series that's consistently good, then bad, then good again, then bad again, then repeat, see the StarTrekMovieCurse. If there really ''are'' [[RuleOfThree only three installments]], it's basically the MiddleChildSyndrome for TV shows.

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Compare OddballInTheSeries, {{Sequelitis}}, and SeasonalRot. Could cause a BrokenBase if another portion of the fandom disagree with the opinion that the work is going through a Sophomore Slump. If it's inverted, see GrowingTheBeard, SurprisinglyImprovedSequel, or EvenBetterSequel. If it's a longer-running series that's consistently good, then bad, then good again, then bad again, then repeat, see the StarTrekMovieCurse. If there really ''are'' [[RuleOfThree only three installments]], it's basically the MiddleChildSyndrome for TV shows.
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24th Apr '16 8:11:33 PM Monolaf317
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Compare OddballInTheSeries, {{Sequelitis}}, and SeasonalRot. Could cause a BrokenBase if another portion of the fandom disagree with the opinion that the work is going through a Sophomore Slump. If it's inverted, see GrowingTheBeard, SurprisinglyImprovedSequel, or EvenBetterSequel. If it's a longer-running series that's consistently good, then bad, then good again, then bad again, then repeat, see the StarTrekMovieCurse.

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Compare OddballInTheSeries, {{Sequelitis}}, and SeasonalRot. Could cause a BrokenBase if another portion of the fandom disagree with the opinion that the work is going through a Sophomore Slump. If it's inverted, see GrowingTheBeard, SurprisinglyImprovedSequel, or EvenBetterSequel. If it's a longer-running series that's consistently good, then bad, then good again, then bad again, then repeat, see the StarTrekMovieCurse.
StarTrekMovieCurse. If there really ''are'' [[RuleOfThree only three installments]], it's basically the MiddleChildSyndrome for TV shows.
22nd Apr '16 7:13:09 PM AlanPalgut
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* Cat Stevens' second album, ''New Masters'', fared so poorly that he wouldn't release his third album, ''Mona Bone Jakon'', until 1970 (although Stevens' three-year absence was due mainly to contracting tuberculosis). Then again, ''New Masters'' has one of his most famous (and frequently CoveredUp) songs, "The First Cut Is the Deepest."

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* Cat Stevens' second album, ''New Masters'', fared so poorly that he wouldn't release his third album, ''Mona Bone Jakon'', until 1970 (although Stevens' three-year his musical absence was due mainly to contracting tuberculosis).tuberculosis and not the album's failure). Then again, ''New Masters'' has one of his most famous (and frequently CoveredUp) songs, "The First Cut Is the Deepest."



* Music/TheRollingStones had this on both sides of the pond with both ''The Rolling Stones No. 2'' in Britain and ''12x5'' in the US. Though both albums are pretty good, they basically follow the format of their debut album, mostly comprising covers of songs over original material.

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* Music/TheRollingStones had this on both sides of the pond Atlantic with both ''The Rolling Stones No. 2'' in Britain and ''12x5'' in the US. Though both albums are pretty good, they basically follow the format of their debut album, mostly comprising covers of songs over original material.material.
* Music/DavidBowie had one of these with his third album, ''Music/TheManWhoSoldTheWorld''. Though it's nowadays seen as something of a flawed masterpiece, largely because its title track was CoveredUp by Music/{{Nirvana}}, it has often been considered one of his weaker albums compared to ''Music/SpaceOddity'', which it follows, and ''Music/HunkyDory'', which it proceeds.
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