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Find Your Niche, Stick With It

Sam Allen "A zealous individual"
The list author says: "Bands and singers can often just find a common ground for writing a song, stick with it, not offer the fans a whole lot of surprises from album to album, but still remain great. Sometimes a change in personnel can mean a change in sound, but once that new niche is found it can also work very well. The following are some very fine examples of bands or singers that follow this vibe that I like to listen to."
Sweet Baby James
Sweet Baby James
"All he has to do is get some guest musicians, pick up his guitar, and let that magic voice of his take command. Never shocked us, but always pleased."
Piano Man
Piano Man
"From his breakthrough album on, Billy Joel has been one of the most consistent members of the always prominent singer-songwriter movement. Him at his piano is all you need."
Hotel California
Hotel California
"For their initial six-album run, the Eagles always cranked out some fantastic, laid back, country-tinged rock 'n' roll that never surprised much but always entertained. And it didn't change much even after all that time away from one another."
Toulouse Street
Toulouse Street
"The Tom Johnston-led Doobie Brothers were always able to produce a solid bluesy boogie with a folky sounding tune here and there."
Takin' It to the Streets
Takin' It to the Streets
"The Michael McDonald-led Doobie Brothers always gave some fantastic blue-eyed soul, occasionally were able to do some straight-ahead funk, and put out some fantastic pop-rock tunes."
Boston
Boston
"All the boys in Boston need to do is get Tom Scholz's master engineering. It creates quality Hard Rock that is just hooky enough to get on the radio, with elements of Soft Rock in there."
Escape
Escape
"When Jonathan Cain joined Journey starting on this album, they found the sound that would launch them into the stratosphere, and even after breaking up and reuniting once again they still have never been too far removed from the sound that was brought to life here."
Van Halen
Van Halen
"The David Lee Roth version of Van Halen gave you some fantastic heavy sleaze-rock with a party atmosphere."
Van Halen: 5150
Van Halen: 5150
"The Sammy Hagar version of Van Halen was more artsy and pop-friendly, but the band kept the basic Van Halen sound intact."
The Number Of The Beast [Enhanced]
The Number Of The Beast [Enhanced]
"A rare breed: a metal band with MTV success courtesy of the Headbanger's Ball that never bought into the trends that the US commercial radio had to offer. Aside from adding the sound of synthesizers they never did much to dramatically alter their sound."
Toys in the Attic
Toys in the Attic
"After so long, it's great to know that Aerosmith are still able to keep blues-rock in style; they always had a knack for the occasional pop-rock hit, but even that had their traditional sound intact."
Back in Black
Back in Black
"Be it Brian or Bon at the mic, the boys in AC/DC have always cranked out some crunchy, party-time rock 'n' roll that's sure to get the place rockin' all night long."
Hell Awaits
Hell Awaits
"From this album on, Slayer's standard formula was born: tune a half step down, crank out some thrash riffs and solos, shout out stuff that'll piss off Pat Robertson and those people, pound the heck outta the drums. And you know what? Me and the rest of their fanbase LOVE it!"
With Oden on Our Side
With Oden on Our Side
"Good old Swedish Viking death metal that's sure to crunch a few bones and bring out the tough guy in you."
Crimson Thunder
Crimson Thunder
"Swords and Sorcery power metal in it's rawest and most pure form. Joacim's soaring voice coupled with the thick dual guitar attack of Stefan and whichever other guitarist is on board always makes for a good time."