The Biggest Album to Album Changes in Music History


By Adrienne Black

"I want the old Kanye West back!"

We heard it just last year when Yeezus divided the hip-hop community with its abrasive electronic production and obscene lyrics, and we heard it in 2008 when Kanye abandoned rap for 808s & Heartbreak, an album full of auto-tuned pop.

Most artists, especially those who are active for many years, slowly evolve over time, incorporating new techniques and ideas, and being shaped by their life experiences and increasing age and maturity over numerous albums. Sometimes, however, the change in style is sudden and dramatic, with consecutive albums exhibiting wildly different sounds.

Kanye's artistic changes of direction are some of the most extreme, but across genres and throughout history, there have been many surprising switch-ups. Here are 15 of the biggest album to album changes in music history.

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  • Taylor Boone

    stankonia to speakerboxx love below?

  • Cecilia Gandarilla

    Miley Cirus???????? WTF

  • Dagoat Man

    Discovery sounded pretty smooth and divirsified to me

  • Brad

    OK Computer to Kid A? C’mon now, Miley Cyrus over that?

  • acatlover

    Really?? Beastie Boys, who sound the exact same on every album, and no Pink Floyd? You’ve hit a new low, P&P.

  • J-def

    You couldn’t have two albums more different than License to Ill and Paul’s Boutique. The production is completely different.

  • DD

    Hey LADIEEEES, album versions so dope

  • DD

    Shut yo dumb ass up.

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