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Fav Album First Impressions

Just a thought that crossed my mind the other day. Of all your fav albums, what did you think of each of them when you first heard them? Did you love them straight away? Did you merely enjoy them but gradually learned to love them? Were you indifferent, or did you even dislike them due to them being an acquired taste? Let me know.
The Mantle

Initially I wasn't sold on this, I found Ashes to be more enjoyable at first because it was cleaner and more lively, instrumentally. But as it turns out, after a few weeks I just kept returning to this and the rest is history.
2Antonin Dvorak
Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, B. 178

I pretty much adored this from the get go, and it only got better and better with repeated listens. Dvorak had some knack for creating incredibly infectious melodies while maintaining a high level of suspense/intensity in his pieces, so naturally I latched onto this pretty easily. After about a year, this became my favourite classical piece by a comfortable margin.
Blood Fire Death

Truth be told, I wasn't too enthralled with this when I first listened to it. The five thrashers that were bookended by two epics just didn't sit too well with me, but I'm glad I persevered because I now love every track on this to death, even the intro and outro.

As with most people, it took a little while for me to get used to the robot vox, but everything else was basically perfect. Once I learned to stomach Paul's strange vocoder effect this cemented itself one of my top 3 albums of all time.
5Godspeed You! Black Emperor
F#A# (Infinity)

Although the opening monologue gave me goosebumps, I really didn't "get" this as a whole on my first listen, and I wouldn't get it for months and months until one night, it just clicked. Still to this day don't know whether I prefer the CD or vinyl version.
6Kashiwa Daisuke
Program Music I

Instantly loved it. Pretty sure this was the fastest 5 I ever gave out, after about two weeks and dozen or so listens. I understand a lot of people call this "cheesy" or "superficial" (omfg), or even "boring" (plebs, specifically of the big variety) and those people need to get in touch with their twinkly side because nothing twinkles quite like this.

My initial reaction was "holy hell" followed by feelings of being watched and shit because this is as close to terrifying as a metal album can really get. Took a long time to cement itself as one of my all time favs, nevertheless it's still the sort of album that needs to be listened to in a certain frame of mind, but when you do omg
8Sigur Ros

I particularly loved Brenninsneintesinetineen and the title track because of the darker vibes and initially wished there were more tracks like them, but I learned to love the lighter ones just as hard. Isjaki is seriously one of the prettiest songs ever made and I can't help but jive to it.
9Tim Hecker
Ravedeath, 1972

At first this didn't really stand out to me as one of Tim Hecker's best, I always preferred Harmony in Ultraviolet and Haunt Me, but just like The Mantle, I found myself returning to this more than anything else in its respective discog.
Everything is Fire

Believe it or not, there was actually a point where I didn't particularly like Ulcerate. I found their sound too fragmented, too chaotic, the lack of hooks was maddening, but I was an idiot back then and now I see the light and this album is the god damn best.
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