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Old 11-30-2007, 01:28 AM   #1
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Album that has grown on you the most over time?

Pretty straightforward question: which album have you warmed up to the most over the time you've had it? I find it to be a fascinating phenomenon, but some albums really don't sink in fully after 20 spins. Case in point, my answer:

Radiohead - Kid A

I will get flamed for this, but...I hated Kid A at first. Absolutely hated it. I thought it was tuneless, irritating, and completely overhyped. Not sure what happened to me, but somewhere down the line my mind changed about it completely. I now consider it to be one of the very best records of the last 10 years or so. Atmospheric, cohesive, and positively chilling at times, it's not an easy pill to swallow, but I still get a sick joy out of trying, even after countless spins.

Honorable mentions:

Beatles - Sgt. Pepper
REM - Monster
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
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It took me about 7-10 listens to find anything pleasing to the ear on OK Computer, but my patience paid off and I'd rank it in my top ten now.
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couldn't stand most of it for years but now I really enjoy it. There are a couple of songs I skip occasionally but on the whole it's got a lot of beautiful music
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It took me just under 6 years to "get" Beck's Odelay!, and it's now probably one of my forty or fifty favorite records. I HATED that record, when it dropped. A similar scenario happened with The Cure's Disintegration, to which I was largely indifferent, but never hostile, like I was with the Beck record, for about two years. Took me about a year or so to really connect with Wilco's Being There, too, back in the day (although I'll still contend that it's only a great record if you cut it in half and ditch heaps of filler).

I feel like it's worth pointing out, though, that in like ten and fifteen years, respectively, I have still not warmed up to either DJ Shadow's Endtroducing..... or Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation. I hate myself for this, but it's just true--I almost entirely dislike each of these records. I'll listen to Washing Machine (who'm I kidding, though--not in one sitting, not for a million dollars) over either of those, any day. It's fucked.

Oh, and, um...for about two years, I (no fucking shit) steadfastly maintained that Erasure's singles weren't catchy enough to warrant serious attention. I have no idea what I was thinking; I mean, on pop music terms, it's basically laughable to say that Erasure's singles are shit...you don't necessary have to like the stuff (though I now do), but you've gotta recognize how well-done a lot of it is, in terms of popular songwriting and -arranging conventions.

This was, like, in the mid-to-late-'90s, too, so it's not like they didn't already have ten or fifteen great releases under their fancy belts. I dunno. Weird stuff. Sometimes, I'm a fucking idiot, rather than just an elitist.
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Re: Album that has grown on you the most over time?

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Radiohead - Kid A

I will get flamed for this, but...I hated Kid A at first. Absolutely hated it. I thought it was tuneless, irritating, and completely overhyped. Not sure what happened to me, but somewhere down the line my mind changed about it completely. I now consider it to be one of the very best records of the last 10 years or so. Atmospheric, cohesive, and positively chilling at times, it's not an easy pill to swallow, but I still get a sick joy out of trying, even after countless spins.
I know you're not going to like this father ( ) but replace "Kid A" with "Hail To The Thief" and pretty much every thing else you wrote applies for me word for word...
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Re: Re: Album that has grown on you the most over time?

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I know you're not going to like this father ( ) but replace "Kid A" with "Hail To The Thief" and pretty much every thing else you wrote applies for me word for word...
Hey, maybe the same thing will happen for me one day...
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Hey, maybe the same thing will happen for me one day...
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Sufjan Stevens come on and feel the Illinois.

I hated this album at first, but now find it essential.

Miles Davis Bitches Brew. Same.
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Sufjan Stevens come on and feel the Illinois.

I hated this album at first, but now find it essential.

Me too.

Even more than Suj-fan, I would have to list The Stone Roses debut album as the one that took me the most time to finally be won over by. Disliked it completely at first. Liked a song or two after a while, kept coming back to those songs and then got into a few more here or there gradually over a course of 5 or 6 years. Finally realized I loved it after owning it fo 7 or 8 years.
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I think Siamese Dream. Wasn't too thrilled about it the first few times. Definitely was a grower and now I consider it one of the top albums of the 90s... sometimes top 3.
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Steely Dan, The Royal Scam. Used to think this was one of their lesser albums, and while I don't think it's the best, I wouldn't be surprised ranking it at #3 in the near future.

U2, Boy. I used to think it was a fairly disposable debut compared to something like Murmur, but around the Elevation tour I redicsovered it and I don't think it's a stretch to say that while it may not have War's high points, it's certainly more consistent.

Still waiting to come around on The Unforgettable Fire though.
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Still waiting to come around on The Unforgettable Fire though.
Same. I really don't get it.
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