One Album Wonders

I love hearing about a new band or singer, liking a few of their singles enough to download their album, and then falling in love with EVERY SINGLE SONG. I'll listen to the album on repeat for weeks, learn every word, and sing it all at the top of my lungs in my car. When this happens I swear they are going to be my new favorite, but then their second album comes out and it’s terrible. Ok, to be fair, they aren't all terrible. In fact, most of the bands I'm about to list got more popular and sold more albums as they released them. And while I may have picked up their later albums and even loved a few songs, they really lost me after their debut. Here are my one album wonders.

Jewel - Pieces Of You
I listened to this on repeat while suffering through my high school breakup.
I never related to anything she wrote after that.
Favorite song: You Were Meant For Me

The Killers - Hot Fuss
I was obsessed with this album and with the adorable singer, Brandon Flowers.
It's a CD that Jacob and I still play on long drives because we both know every word.
Favorite song: Mr. Brightside

Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
I played this album during the long drive home on weekends in college to help keep me awake.
Mixing rock and rap and dance music? It was such a cool new sound.
Favorite song: Pushing Me Away

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell
This entire CD was so awesome and their sound was so fresh.
Everyone sounds like this now.
Favorite song: Maps

Panic! At The Disco - A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out
This is still one of my favorite albums to date.
I love his voice and the lyrics. The music is fun and theatrical and so original.
Favorite song: Lying In The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off

Harvey Danger - Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?
This album played on repeat during my first year of college.
Since they are a Seattle band, I've seen them a hundred times. I love his voice.
Favorite song: Woolly Muffler

Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
This album defined my first love; the good, the bad, and the breakup.
Alanis got too soft after this.
Favorite song: Head Over Feet

Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
Another CD from my college years. I love how it reminds me of my college buddies.
I love his voice, the lyrics, the sweet, happy music. All of it.
Favorite song: Sweetness

My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
I love everything about this album and was blown away by singer Gerard Way.
I still belt out every song at the top of my lungs in the car.
Favorite song: Cemetery Drive

Weezer - The Blue Album
After Alanis, this was my favorite album in high school. It reminds me of hanging out with the boys in auto shop.
 (Which I only took to be with the boys. Duh. I don't know or care about cars).
Favorite song: Undone

Have you ever felt this way about a band?
What albums blew your mind, while the rest dissapointed?


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I LOVED Jagged Little Pill. After that I liked a song here and there but nothing like my love for that first album.

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

Jewel's debut helped me through the same thing. HS break-up. I used to belt the crap out of You Were Meant for Me at karaoke.

I never got into the Killers until AFTER guitar hero or rockband (not sure which it was) had one of their songs on it, then I was hooked.

Linkin Park, while I love Hybrid Theory (my hubby hates LP) I really, really relate to Meteora the most, another break-up album for me. They were amazing the few times I got to see them live.

Maps is my jam. The song came out when I started talking to Mike - and when I went on vacation to Costa Rica, every single night without fail, it came on some Spanish video channel, and I went to sleep listening to it - thinking of him. SO perfect. I almost made it our wedding dance song.

Alanis's Jagged Little Pill was also a big helper with the break up... You Outta Know, again karaoke therapy for me.

I can't tell you how much I adore Jimmy Eat World's Bleed American. That album always makes me feel SO nostalgic. I loved them live as well. Have you ever seen their live DVD - it was one show, filmed at DC's 9:30 club. I really hate that I didn't make it on the video, I was in the crowd on the floor and kept hoping they'd pan by and show me haha! I purchase it just to see, but kept it in my collection since it' makes me so happy to hear their music.

If you loved Weezer's Blue Album, trust me you will find so many more you will like if you listen to them. I might be a bit obessed with Weezer though. Other than Pearl Jam, they are my favorite. My favorite albums were their sophomore disc Pinkerton (cult favorite) - it's darker than Blue, but so, so good - their best work IMO. Most of their newer stuff is hit or miss, at first I don't like it, and then I love it... Maladroit is another favorite that many fans are must meh about (OK I'll shut up now).

I do love their newest, it's fun, not the best but I'm happy they are still playing together. I just saw them live last year for the first time in maybe 8 years, and they still nailed it with every song! In the pouring rain. As you can see I big puffy heart them!

Karen M. Peterson said...

I totally agree with all of these. The one I'd add is Hootie and the Blowfish's Cracked Rearview. The next one was not good.

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

This post brings back so many memories. hahahahahah Both, good and bad.

Jo said...

Oh the memories! and yes I also have to agree with Karen, Hootie and the Blowfish! And for me, How bizzare by OMC is also one of these songs! Such great memories.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

Jagged Little Pill will forever be one of my favorite albums. I still know every word.

Nelly Furtado's first album is also one of my favorites. I've liked a song or two since then, but nothing as much as the first album.

This is another great post idea I'll probably never get around to. Ha!