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Blind Music Purchases: Going With Your Gut

In this day and age where an album leaking on the internet is more common than a rpolitical scandal, and music rrstreaming services like Spotify and Pandora rule the world, ra lot of the surprise and thrill of buying a new rrecord rwithout already hearing it rbeforehand has gone out the window. Some of the best moments for me as a rmusic rrlistener have come from buying an album with no idea or very little idea of what the rmusic inside rsounds like, rand while there have been some albums I would've been rbetter off leaving on the record store rshelf, there have ralso been plenty of great rpurchases I've made solely on going with my gut. Below are some rof those pleasant rrsurprises

Bought simply because I had bought Post by her about a year prior, but I had heard none of the songs off of this at the time (at least that's what I
thought, when I got to Pluto I actually remembered hearing it when I was younger but I didn't know it was her who performed it). Ended up becoming
one of my all time favorite albums
2Siouxsie and the Banshees

My dad was introducing me one night to some of the stuff off of "Juju" and "Superstition" online, and the next day I went out to buy a copy of one of
them. The store unfortunately had neither of those records, but they had this which I was completely unfamiliar with. Ended up solidifying my love for
the group even more
3Marilyn Manson
Mechanical Animals

Bought this up in a small record store in Salem, MA last summer. I only owned Antichrist Superstar at the time and enjoyed it a lot, but hadn't heard
one track off of this. Ended up becoming my favorite Marilyn Manson record
4Brand New
The Devil and God are Raging Inside me

I had heard Jesus and Sowing a Season when in 6th grade, but that was it, and I wasn't a huge fan of either of them at that age. At the end of high
school/start of college when fighting with a huge bout of depression, I wasted any money I got on CDs to help curb my emotions. This was one of
those albums, and while I didn't like the songs I heard from it originally, I decided to give it a chance all those years later. Ended up being another one
of my favorite albums, and it holds a special place to me for helping me through some rough times psychologically
5Type O Negative
October Rust

Heard they were like the gothic metal version of The Cure. Disintegration has always been a favorite, so I snagged this for 7 bucks without hearing
any of it before. Great choice on my part
6A Tribe Called Quest
The Low End Theory

Saw this album cover in the Rolling Stone 500 greatest albums book my Uncle bought for me in middle school. I didn't even know it was a rap record,
I just always thought the art was cool. Bought it one day Sophomore year of High school online with some spare cash, and lo and behold, it ended up
being my first rap album, and the one that showed me that hip hop wasn't just mainstream garbage
Downward is Heavenward

I owned You'd Prefer an Astronaut for years, but always heard how this was their magnum opus. Without listening to it beforehand, I picked it up for 6
bucks and was happily impressed
Axe to Fall

Only had heard Dark Horse, but bought it anyways. While now it is one of my least favorite Converge records, at the time I liked it enough to give the
rest of the discog a listen, with Jane Doe coming out as a favorite
9Silversun Pickups

Only heard Lazy Eye and Well Thought Out Twinkles at the time. Opened me up to the idea that indie rock could actually rock

My dad one day when I was in middle school got pissed when I told him I wanted him to drive me to the record store to buy an Avenged Sevenfold
record. He told me not to buy that shit and get something "actually heavy" (Tool's Undertow) instead. Being impressed by that at the time, he went
out the next day and got me Aenima. My life was forever changed right from the first moment I heard the bizarre intro to Stinkfist. I could tell it was
something special, and it became not only my favorite album of all time, but the album that influenced me to become a musician. Thanks Dad
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