Upper echelon Candidate musical crush and current buzz band, Beach House, may not like it when a band changes its sound between albums–which explains why they so fervently hate The Beatles, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, etc.–no, I jest. But here at Candidate HQ our digital chi is centered and we judge only on the inherent merit of the work itself (plus whatever arbitrary criteria we dream up on the spot[it's called inductive reasoning]).
One of my favorite albums, and therefore objectively one of the best albums ever, where you can see the evolutionary process happening clearly, is “Give Em Enough Rope” by The Clash. All three of The Clash’s first three albums are amazing, but this one gets overlooked fairly often, I think. In retrospect, you clearly hear it splitting the difference between the self-titled debut and “London Calling.” This, in my ever humble estimation, is a truly good thing.