In rock music, the second album is also known as The Difficult Second Album.
Google gives us evidence:
"The Difficult First Album": 41600 results.
"The Difficult Second Album": 1440000 results.
"The Difficult Third Album": 92500 results.
Wikipedia, sophomorically explains.
But what about the "difficult second song" in the tracklist? The one following the starter (and predictable first single). How should it be? Explosive? Exciting? Balladish? Which is the correct chemical formula? I spent some time in a scientific exploration of the issue (scientific = I scanned some of my favourite albums) and I come up with this playlist, totally based on #2 tracks. As you will see & hear, it's a sonic journey haunted with paranoia, depression, isolation, death, indie dark love, millenary britpop resurrection, europeancholy and final nordic salvation. Enjoy.