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April 2008

(Recent) bands that didn't get good until they figured out what they actually were:

  • Good Charlotte were average punk until they starting making outstanding new-New-Wave pop
  • Fallout Boy are average emo but great power-pop
  • Panic at the Disco's new sound is more Queen than the single-note emo of their earlier efforts. Thankfully.

Notably, all started out in the pop-punk/emo tradition before branching out. Can you think of any others?

Brehaut commented:

  • Thrice were average post hardcore, now music and totally awesome