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Artists That Grew On Me Like Fungus

Basically bands/performers I despised at first that i now value as some of the most amazing artists in my collection. List is my first album from each of them that I listened to.
1Elliott Smith

The lo-fi guitar strums and oddly high vocals of Speed Trials just didn't do it for me
at first. I remember on my first listen the only song I truly enjoyed was Between The
Bars and perhaps Alameda, because both utilize great, somber guitar lines. After
getting into this and other material more, I pretty much consider him my favorite
artist. RIP. Favorite album: Figure 8
2Modest Mouse
The Lonesome Crowded West

"Oh hey this is a cool riff" FROM THE TOP OF THE OCEAN, YEAHHH. This took me a
lonnnnnggg time to warm up to. The main reason I kept coming back was the lyrics
and drumming, but once I realized how incredible the lo-fi mix and guitar tones are
on this, I eventually warmed up to every aspect of the album-even Isaac's vocals. I
honestly can't imagine the band sounding any other way. Favorite Album: This Is A
Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About
3Electric Wizard

The opening riff of Vinum Sabbathi hit me in the face with an anvil, and I hated it
more than eating topsoil. I persevered, but by the time I got to the droning riffs at
the end of Weird Tales, man I was freaking done with these guys. On a whim, I
jammed this again last month and I love these guys. They're truly about
atmosphere, which I admire. Favorite Album: Dopethrone

One of the most respected and influential extreme metal artists of all time had a
difficult time winning me over. It was my first foray into black metal, so it frustrated
me how his great instrumentals were so unclear at first. Also, his clean vocals on the
viking metal albums really bugged me at first. I now consider him a very valuable
composer in my vast collection. RIP. Favorite Album: Under The Sign Of The Black
5Manic Street Preachers
The Holy Bible

Upon my first 2-3 listens, I found this album to be good, wild post-punk musically but
nowhere near deserving of a 4.4 average. It just didn't seem that special, but it
didn't seem like I would be jamming it very much after a week or two. After many
convos in the album thread with demi and Chortles urging me to check out the lyrics,
I did and saw the album in a whole new perspective. Understanding what James was
saying gave this album an entirely new aura. His vocals suddenly carried tons of
weight, and the music was bleeding pure emotion in a way I hadn't experienced in a
long time. Favorite album: The Holy Bible
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