20 Best Second Albums of All Time

If at first you don't succeed – or even if you do – try, try again: Here are the best follow-ups in history

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Radiohead, 'The Bends' (1995)
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11. Radiohead, 'The Bends' (1995)

Hey, whatever happened to those guys who did "Creep"? Well, they decided to fill the U2-sized hole left in Nineties popular music when Bono discovered irony, expressing the arena-scaled ambition of Britpop with none of its laddish swagger. Jonny Greenwood's enormous yet tonally nuanced riffs enveloped rather than walloped audiences, while Thom Yorke, whose uneasiness hadn't yet triggered the full-on paranoia of OK Computer, painted your shared anxieties as something grand and gorgeous rather than offering petty lies of consolation.

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