How to layer an album's tracklist is a dying art.
Allowing the songs to flow into one another and take the listeners on a journey through multiple emotions is an experience like no other when done correctly. To have a high-tempo intense song crash into a slow ballad simply causes a jarring tonal shift that can upset your listening pleasure.
With the advent of streaming services, however, there is not much call for people to sit down and listen to an album from beginning to end when they can simply choose the songs they want to listen to and avoid the rest. Spotify's viewing figures for individual songs also clue people into what songs are popular and which are seemingly not worth their time.
With the fast-paced nature of how we take in media today, artists seem scared of losing an audience's attention, and so must pump out as many big hits as possible or risk falling behind and losing potential fans.
Bothering to place them in a cohesive order seemingly isn't worth it. Due to this, the need to front-load an album with all it's best songs without thought for how they go together is becoming more commonplace. Attempting to trick the listener into thinking the entire album will be this way without losing their interest in the process.
The following are 8 albums guilty of this practice. Not always for the reasons above, but for hooking the audience in with its best work only to fade out with the scraps.