Chapin's 1972 debut album Heads & Tales
got a lot of attention thanks to the hit "Taxi
." Sniper & Other Love Songs
was his next album, released later that year. The songs were rather dark, and it sold poorly. Chapin began building his fanbase back up with his next release, Short Stories
(1973), then issued his most successful album, Verities & Balderdash
, in 1974.