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Perfectly Strange, Collectively Fun

I'd imagine that many of you have picked up at LEAST one album randomly, only to later (be it years or months) to find it has become one of your all time favorites. While the internet has made random purchases a thing of the past (unless you're blind and deaf) it's fun to continue the pastime of looking at an albums cover and going, "I'm going to buy you" without any clue whatsoever about the music hidden inside. List is some of my random's.
Black Holes and Revelations

My first album, almost literally. I'd been hearing about the band a lot but
had no clue as to what they sounded like other than they were British.
While my tastes have changed a lot since then I really owe a lot to this
album, it still is a favorite of mine.
2Coheed and Cambria
In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3

Right after I bought BHAR I went into the store again, this was siting there.
I had no clue what I was in store for with this album, as I only had the
vague memories of early highschool to guide me on the bands sound. This
later became a favorite, but when I first purchased it it was most definitely
not a daily listener.
Dommin E.P.

Goth rockers Dommin released this when I used to frequent Hot Topic,
again I had no clue about the sound but a good friend/employee loved
them to death and talked about them nonstop. I bought it, and quite simply
fell in love. The simple four track release features one of my favorite tracks
of there's, "Awake" soon came to be one of my most played tracks in the
months to come.
4A Skylit Drive

I got this, put it in my girlfriends car, and promptly thought Jag was a girl.
Even though the music was strange it started my love for the post-hardcore
genre, still enjoy this today.
5 A Life Less Lived:
The Gothic Box

I had introduced myself to the old, original goth music during my stay at the
homeless shelter, and I wanted this leather bound collection badly.
Featuring tracks by many artists that would soon become household names
in my collection (though I soon turned to industrial) this sparked my love for
anything Peter Murphy.
6 Soundtrack
Underworld: Rise of The Lycans

When Hot Topic still had more music than douche's I used to go and listen
to music there, one day I picked this up and really was quite unimpressed,
soon it sat back on the store shelf. Apparently my girlfriend thought I
enjoyed the album and bought it for me; it was a lackluster surprise. Now
this album is almost a perfect 5 for me, with every track almost a favorite
and many a good artist on it.
7A Perfect Circle

In college and not having heard much Maynard, the girl I was in love with
tried to get me interested via "Judith" (the Renholder remix) knowing my
hate towards religion due to parental stupidity. I really, to this day, don't
enjoy "Judith" as much as I should but "The Outsider" (Apocalypse Mix) and
"Blue" (Bird Shake Mix) were another story. This kicked off my love for
depressing music, as "Blue" became an anthem of dark, depressing, yet
uplifting times to come (3 Libra's still makes me tear up).
8Nine Inch Nails
The Downward Spiral

I still dislike this album, but "Reptile" almost made me love it. It embodied
the girl I was then in love with, I often could be found humming this track.
Sadly things collapsed as often happens and this entire album became on
long remembrance of the trials suffered after; nothing happy depressing
here, just old wounds and memories.
Today We Are All Demons

I had just bought this album when I was told I was a Satanist, going to
Hell, and had to either get ride of all my music/clothes/books or gtfo of my
parents house. Sadly I didn't get to listen to this until later, as things got
interesting, but this album sparked my love for Combichrist and kept me
sane through times not yet dreamed of. Even though I really like Everybody
Hates You far more this album was the start of so much it's almost
frightening (I also bought it because I picked up a CC shirt, I needed at
least one CD of theirs).
Crash Love

Need I really go into this?
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