The curse of the second album. Some careers are built slowly, album after album showing a band growing into their own, finding a sound, perfecting that sound (see: The National). A very, very rare few crush it out of the gate, dropping a goddamn near perfect first album and then keeping it up as the years progress (see: Arcade Fire). Another subset of bands have the good fortune of putting together a remarkable first album, but then stumble on the second. That particular list of cautionary tales seems abundant. MGMT had a genre-defining first record, then saw little critical or fan love from their second venture. The Killers’ first album had the previously unknown band filling arenas within months, but subsequent efforts never quite mainlined the zeitgeist again.