The question was quite simply - what album would you want to go back and hear for the first time again.
To me, this question had only one absolute answer - Turn on the Bright Lights by Interpol.
That album shifted something in me on that very first listen that altered my preference in music ever since. It was just a slight bump. I'd imagine something like Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division would have done the same had I been old enough to hear it new but that album had already shifted music by the time I first started getting into music.
Although Interpol's music definitely falls in line with that post punk vibe that Joy Division basically created, there was something about that album that just punched me in the gut more than any other first listening of an album.
Of course, there are other albums that are even more dynamic - Beck's Odelay album, Nine Inch Nail's album, The Fragile (or Downward Spiral if you're so inclined). Tool's Aenima album. The Legendary Pink Dots' Crushed Velvet Apocalypse. And on and on.
The thing about all these other dynamic albums, along with the thousands not mentioned here, those albums felt like opening up little treasures the more I listened to them. It was like exploring a dynamic world, or watching a Daren Aronofsky movie.
That isn't to say that Turn on the Bright Lights was a one hit and quit type of album. No, that album stayed deep into constant rotation for years after I first heard it. I still pull the cd out of its jewel case and carefully put it into the cd player for another listen. I just simply don't feel like I'm learning anything new about the album every listen - it is just great music.
Of course this led down a rabbit hole of me attempting to think of another album that felt similar to this, another album that the first listen was the most dynamic and I'd go back in time to have that experience again. Strangely, I can't think of another, but the fact that I have so many albums that I enjoyed more the more listens I took of them more than compensates for the lack of initial hitting albums.
So, dear readers of mine, I ask you now - what is an album you'd go back in time to hear for the first time again?
-Dustin S. Stover
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