beredy wrote:I can't imagine anyone writing "their second album was the weakest" with a straight face. The third album was the problem I think. It was a step down from the previous two, a longer wait and they changed their sound a lot. They also had a really bad pick for the first single. Let's not forget that the single version ended up being remixed into a far better album version later on. Lucid Dreams died on the charts and killed the era. Ulysses did better but they waited for months to release the second single. Any return hype they had was killed by that point.
The fourth album was IMHO a return to form. It felt much more like the natural successor to the first two albums - a step forward yet not that drastic. Always Ascendong doesn't feel like a FF album at all to me. I've listened to it a couple of times now. Can't even remember a single song.
Their second album was an inferior sequel to the debut. The second half of the album begins to drag which wasn't an issue on their debut nor on their latter albums. Of their five albums, its the one that I think has the highest ratio of filler tracks and it felt like they were rushed to get a new album out while the iron was still hot. I'm not saying it's a bad album, there's some great songs on it (Walk Away, Eleanor Put Your Boots Back On, Do You Want To, etc...) but I would say its my least favorite as a whole cohesive album.
Lucid Dreams was released so far ahead of the album that people had forgotten it by the time Tonight came out. Ulysses came out around the same time the album did. No You Girls seemed to get a little bit of airplay too at the time, but it was nearly 4 years after the second album, they hadn't established themselves well enough to get away with such long gaps between albums.