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Behemoth
06-06-2013, 09:52 AM
We're all familiar with the concept of albums or songs that are "growers" - those that don't immediately grab you but upon subsequent listens you think "hey, I actually really like this."

This thread is about the opposite of growers, namely those albums or songs that upon the first listen (sometimes the first note) you think "holy shit, this is going to be something special."

For example, way back in 2004 my wife worked with a proto-hipster who would give her CDs to listen to. One fateful evening she came home with three CDs. I'd never heard of any of the bands (and I don't even remember what the other two CDs were), but the third CD was Funeral. As I listened to the opening notes of "Neighborhood #1" my hair stood up on end and I had an epiphany that this was going to be one of my favorite albums of all time.

Second example, back in 2010 The Knife released the first single of their upcoming concept album Tomorrow, in a Year. Less than thirty seconds in I realized that holy shit this is great.

What are some of your holy shit albums/songs?

Sarcasmorator
06-06-2013, 10:28 AM
Off the top of my head,

Scumbag Blues (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9Hacr7qji8)

OK Computer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oyixl_MqlDc)

I'll add more as I think of them.

dhawks
06-06-2013, 10:31 AM
Funeral.

Also Moon Safari by Air.

taosterman
06-06-2013, 11:06 AM
"The Laws Have Changed" by the New Pornographers. Didn't realize at the time that they were more than a one-album band, and hearing it for the first time pushed me out of my chair and I started dancing, dancing, DANCING

Zodar
06-06-2013, 11:06 AM
Captain Murphy - Duality (http://captainmurphy.xxx/)
Ground Zero Plays Standards (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1MYiRNGSrQ)

Ample Vigour
06-06-2013, 11:21 AM
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation

Ample Vigour
06-06-2013, 11:22 AM
Wu Tang Clan - The W

shivam
06-06-2013, 11:28 AM
Nine inch nails- The Fragile
S&M- Metallica
Lateralus - Tool

ThornGhost
06-06-2013, 11:33 AM
I was like that with Camper Van Beethoven when I heard Take the Skinheads Bowling (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INnFvMgET1E) for the first time. It was just so strange and catchy and I had kind of existed in a musical wasteland of nu-rock and whatever was on the radio for so long it helped me broaden my horizons as well as discover one of my (now) favorite bands.

Ample Vigour
06-06-2013, 11:47 AM
S&M- Metallica


Do go on.

Zarathustra
06-06-2013, 11:48 AM
Interpol Turn On The Bright Lights

Mightyblue
06-06-2013, 11:50 AM
Anamanaguchi - Endless Fantasy

Which is totally serious. I've listened to it, what, a few dozen times now so the shine's worn off a bit until I drop it for six months or whatever but it is probably the best aggregate compilation of chiptunes I've ever heard.

valhalladeath
06-06-2013, 12:00 PM
Pony Express Record - Shudder to Think

That album still blows my mind.

BEAT
06-06-2013, 12:18 PM
GOODBYE COOL WORLD (http://quoteunquoterecords.com/qur002.htm)
The first time I heard it was almost transcendent. It grabbed me from the first note and refused to let go.

The Raider Dr. Jones
06-06-2013, 12:42 PM
http://i.imgur.com/xuhwAVM.jpg

Teaspoon
06-06-2013, 01:10 PM
Pet Shop Boys, "Bilingual".

None of the songs on it are the ones that you hear on the radio and everyone says "oh yes, that's them isn't it" when they come on, but it certainly did grow on me after a few listens. In particular, there's a crackling vivacity about "Electricity", "Saturday Night Forever" is as fine an example of the meditativeness-to-dance-music that's the PSB trademark as the duo has ever done, and "The Survivors" has become perhaps my favourite song they've ever released. It's a brave, poignant sketch of the precise moment when you come to terms with tragedy and start looking into the future, and is therefore both melancholic and hopeful at once. Deeply beautiful.

But you should listen to the rest of the album first.

taosterman
06-06-2013, 01:46 PM
Bilingual is the last time I really felt like PSB were trying to branch out at all. It doesn't all work, but not for lack of effort.

DemoWeasel
06-06-2013, 01:58 PM
Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9069BE1BFDAA1E54)

It made me instantly fall in love with Spencer Krug's music.

Tavir
06-06-2013, 02:31 PM
3 albums for me come to mind:

- Silent Alarm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbPqr1YQNu4) by Bloc Party: Picked up this CD on a whim, and from the relentless energy and percussion of the opening song, Like Eating Glass, I just had a feeling I was in for a good time. The energy never let up throughout the whole album, and it's one of my favorites.

-Black Holes and Revelations (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gfci_gjZfc0) by Muse: Friend popped this one in the CD player during a road trip, and the first song, Take a Bow was so ridiculously over the top that I just had to shut up and listen to the rest of it. It didn't hurt that it was followed by Starlight (a song I consider to be in my top 10 favorite songs ever), Supermassive Black Hole, and Map of the Problematique.

-Elephant (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAZJBZWC9mA) by The White Stripes: I'd heard Seven Nation Army a million times and loved it, so it was time to get the whole album, right? The CD opens with that song, of course, but then it goes on to the second song, Black Math, and my tiny little mind is blown to pieces. That album as a whole probably is the biggest influence of my current musical tastes.

Behemoth
06-06-2013, 03:24 PM
Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9069BE1BFDAA1E54)

It made me instantly fall in love with Spencer Krug's music.

Interesting. While I absolutely love this album now, it was more of a grower for me.

Healy
06-06-2013, 06:45 PM
Hang on, John, we're out of this at last
Something's changed, that's not your face
It's mine, it's mine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlHUI35CyT8)

Evil Dead Junkie
06-06-2013, 06:45 PM
'59 Sound has one of the best opening one two punches I've ever heard. It catches you off guard with a clever light bit of lyrical pop before launching into a scorchingly operatic song about death that rivals Springsteen at his best.

Dizzy
06-06-2013, 08:27 PM
As for myself, it was some pretentious post-punk, post-modern, post-art BS I'd imagine...

Behemoth
06-06-2013, 08:34 PM
As for myself, it was some pretentious post-punk, post-modern, post-art BS I'd imagine...

Hey Dizzy: less snark; more answering the question.

Matchstick
06-06-2013, 08:45 PM
"The Laws Have Changed" by the New Pornographers. Didn't realize at the time that they were more than a one-album band, and hearing it for the first time pushed me out of my chair and I started dancing, dancing, DANCING

*knux*

Others for me:
King Crimson - Discipline (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3DppaXz4-o) - Picked up at random and completely blew my mind
Porcupine Tree - In Absentia (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtaPU7QtO_0) - A group I'd heard about but never got around to checking out. A mix of prog, metal, and melody that totally works for me.
Kevin Gilbert - Thud (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGbvuSLtPJQ) - One of the most tragically overlooked singer-songwriters ever
King's X - Gretchen Goes to Nebraska (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd4Uto-0XZg) - The quintessential album from a great power trio.
U2 - The Unforgettable Fire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnEmiTPiP8I) - Still my favorite U2 record
Rise Against - "Drones" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYLO756Wkg0) - I can't not bang my head when I listen to this one.

madhair60
06-07-2013, 01:09 AM
Good question.

You or Your Memory from The Sunset Tree. Amazing, evocative song, as are all The Mountain Goats songs.

On the whole White Stripes trip, I'd vote for White Blood Cells, because the beginning of Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground is amazing. As is the rest of the song and subsequent album.

Synth vote! Talk Talk, both the song and the album to follow.

Blood and Thunder by Mastodon is a cracking opener to Leviathan, though I'm less keen on the rest of it.

Bonus list of individual "holy shit" TMG songs:

Family Happiness
Oceanographer's Choice
Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace
Psalms 40:2
Enoch 18:14
Deuteronomy 2:10 (Just listen to all of The Life of the World to Come/In Flux)
Psalms
Home Again Garden Grove
Every Single Bastard Song in Their Entire Catalogue

Odin
06-07-2013, 02:16 AM
Nine inch nails- The Fragile


Yes.


-Black Holes and Revelations (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gfci_gjZfc0) by Muse: Friend popped this one in the CD player during a road trip, and the first song, Take a Bow was so ridiculously over the top that I just had to shut up and listen to the rest of it. It didn't hurt that it was followed by Starlight (a song I consider to be in my top 10 favorite songs ever), Supermassive Black Hole, and Map of the Problematique.


Yes.

Cormorant - Dwellings (http://cormorant.bandcamp.com/) is a phenomenal metal album that does not suffer from the sophomore slump. These guys dominate your eardrums and consciousness from the opening notes to the last lingering elements of atmosphere over the course of this album. Top notch musicianship and deep, insightful lyrics that dig deep into the psyche of mankind.

Rush - Moving Pictures - This album changed my perception of prog rock and classic rock forever.

Paul le Fou
06-07-2013, 06:01 AM
OK guys I swear I really don't spend any time listening to video game or anime music anymore, and I'm sorry if I'm breaking some unspoken rule by talking about it instead of Real Music, but the first thought that sprung to mind was from that point in my life:

Xenosaga II Movie Scenes Soundtrack (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RVAGn3joRo&list=PL8EB5554B79C40876)by Yuki Kajiura. Especially the opening couple songs strung together, the credit roll song, and Battle of Elsa/Here She Comes (Kos-Mos).

The game sucked, but the music still gives me chills. (I listened to it well before the game came out in America so I can enjoy it untainted!) Also that image isn't even from the album art I'm pretty sure. :c


Others that won't get me tarred and feathered and ridden out of town:

Florence + the Machine. I forget which song I heard first, must have been Dog Days are Over, but it might not have been until Shake it Out that I really got knocked over.

Explosions in the Sky. To my shame I can't remember which song, and honestly still can barely tell individual ones apart. But some guildmate was streaming it over vent after a raid back in my WoW days, and there was this moment where I went from kinda passively listening to getting hit in the face with something transcendentally beautiful. Still one of my favorite bands.

Behemoth
06-07-2013, 06:33 AM
Bonus list of individual "holy shit" TMG songs:

Family Happiness
Oceanographer's Choice
Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace
Psalms 40:2
Enoch 18:14
Deuteronomy 2:10 (Just listen to all of The Life of the World to Come/In Flux)
Psalms
Home Again Garden Grove
Every Single Bastard Song in Their Entire Catalogue

You're good people.

pence
06-07-2013, 06:53 AM
Interesting. While I absolutely love this album now, it was more of a grower for me.

Same. First time I listened to RSL I really didn't care. Later, it happened to catch me at the proper emotional moment.

Album:

Los Campesinos! - Hold on Now, Youngster

Songs:

M.I.A. - Bamboo Banga
All of Kala is fantastic, but it's specifically the first track that blew my mind.

The Thermals - St Rosa and the Swallows
This live performance, specifically. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzDcwx6qJkc)

rurik
06-07-2013, 08:51 PM
of Montreal's Paralytic Stalks was like whoah everything I could have dared to hope it to be (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poUic-9onmo)

it is a beautiful series of perfect songs, and it is everything that I needed

Sarcasmorator
06-07-2013, 09:07 PM
The Thermals - St Rosa and the Swallows
This live performance, specifically. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzDcwx6qJkc)

That's a band I've been meaning to check out further ever since "Now We Can See" showed up in an episode of "Chuck."

First heard Bon Iver that way, too.

YangusKhan
06-12-2013, 02:14 AM
Nine Inch Nails: Shivam already said The Fragile which totally counts, but I'll also vote for The Downward Spiral, because it's The Downward Spiral. Before that I think all I knew from Reznor was Pretty Hate Machine which is fairly meh outside of 3 good songs.

David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust: I'd listened to a few of his earlier albums before getting to this, and while they all had some good songs, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars grabbed me immediately with "Five Years" and doesn't hit a low point until about midway through the album, but then it builds up again by the end.

Electric Light Orchestra - Eldorado: This was introduced to me during my freshman year of college by the person who would become one of my best friends during my college years. It was also the first time I ever heard prog rock that wasn't Pink Floyd. Basically it was my gateway album into everything that is prog rock.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - F#A#∞: All I knew about this band was that I'd probably like them since I like Nine Inch Nails. I wasn't really prepared for the kind of sound they had going on here, and it was unlike anything I'd heard before. It combines everything I like about prog rock without all the poetic lyrics and adds a healthy dose of oppressive soundscapes

Supertramp - Crime of the Century: This album doesn't even have my favorite individual songs from the band on it, but that just shows how much I like it as an overall experience. It starts with "School" which has some fantastic instrumentation that combines some disco bass with some sick keyboarding, and I think the lyrics are pretty awesome as well. And then it ends with "Crime of the Century," which I had heard on the radio before knowing about this band at all. The latter half of this song is a beautiful example of the kind of layered instrumentation this band produces (and once again shows how prominent the keyboard is in their sound).Oh yeah and the stuff in the middle is great too.

Teaspoon
06-12-2013, 08:04 AM
Another ELO fan? Sweet. I didn't know anybody else on the boards cared.

(I admit, I enjoy the Greatest Hits compilations more than any of their albums.)

ajr82
06-12-2013, 08:31 AM
I started getting chills up my spine the first time I put on Boxer by The National and "Fake Empire" started up.

taosterman
06-12-2013, 09:05 AM
Supertramp - Crime of the Century: This album doesn't even have my favorite individual songs from the band on it, but that just shows how much I like it as an overall experience. It starts with "School" which has some fantastic instrumentation that combines some disco bass with some sick keyboarding, and I think the lyrics are pretty awesome as well. And then it ends with "Crime of the Century," which I had heard on the radio before knowing about this band at all. The latter half of this song is a beautiful example of the kind of layered instrumentation this band produces (and once again shows how prominent the keyboard is in their sound).Oh yeah and the stuff in the middle is great too.

That is a great album. Dreamer is kind of annoying and tonally inconsistent with the other songs, but I've been in love with the rest of the album for most of my life.

Eddie
06-12-2013, 09:15 AM
My Holy Shit moment was when I picked up the Joel Plaskett Emergency's first album, Down at the Khyber.

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Fantastic album, start to finish.

KCar
06-12-2013, 10:25 AM
Many, over the years, but here is one that recently knocked me over.

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A wrinkle I'd like to add to the phenomenon is when you really, truly discover an artist whose been wallpaper for years. I mean, I knew who Bob Dylan was, I recognized his songs on the radio (how could you not?), but one day I heard a live version of "Shelter From the Storm" that really was a Holy SHIT moment, and that unlocked his back catalogue for me. Same with Tom Waits and a few others.

YangusKhan
06-12-2013, 11:55 AM
Another ELO fan? Sweet. I didn't know anybody else on the boards cared.

(I admit, I enjoy the Greatest Hits compilations more than any of their albums.)

I was deciding between that and Time for this, but I think Eldorado is still their best single album.

CaptBlasto
06-12-2013, 05:43 PM
I can still remember putting on the headphones in Borders to see what Muse - Absolution was, and as the Intro finished and Apocalypse Please came on, I was instantly sold.

Another one that was more recent was was hearing songs from fun. - Aim and Ignite on Tyrant Radio a year or so ago. I knew I had to buy that album after hearing it.

Zodar
06-12-2013, 07:41 PM
Forgot one: the first time I heard Mr. Bungle- California, I was driving up the coast through Malibu at 6 in the morning. I don't think there are more perfect circumstances than those.

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upupdowndown
06-13-2013, 12:34 PM
gosh, I have a lot.

Patti Smith's Horses grabbed me by the throat in the first fifteen seconds with the opening line "Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine."

Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over The Sea had me singing along before the first song ended, even though I didn't know the words.

The Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs grabbed me before I even heard it - just the sheer audacity of it meant that I was already really intrigued - but by the time I got to the third track, "All My Little Words," I was a goner.

College served as a great catchup for some critical work from the early 80s for me, and I loved Tom Waits' Rain Dogs and Laurie Anderson's Big Science the second someone played them for me.

I'd never trade the experience of going out to buy Sleater-Kinney's Dig Me Out and then coming home to listen all the way through for anything.

Most recently, the two albums that did this the most for me were Janelle Monae's The ArchAndroid and Erykah Badu's Nu Amerykah Part One: 4th World War with their respective initial lead singles, "Tightrope" and "The Healer." Just absolutely magic records, especially Monae's.

Ample Vigour
06-13-2013, 12:38 PM
ELO Twilight is good too

Zodar
06-13-2013, 04:35 PM
That's a song, not an album !!

(I'll always be a 'Face the Music' guy)

Tefari
06-13-2013, 04:42 PM
A wrinkle I'd like to add to the phenomenon is when you really, truly discover an artist whose been wallpaper for years. I mean, I knew who Bob Dylan was, I recognized his songs on the radio (how could you not?), but one day I heard a live version of "Shelter From the Storm" that really was a Holy SHIT moment, and that unlocked his back catalogue for me. Same with Tom Waits and a few others.My moment with Dylan was buying Blonde on Blonde on a whim because ??? and listening to it and going "oh, so THIS is why people like Bob Dylan so much."

Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over The Sea had me singing along before the first song ended, even though I didn't know the words.
I wasn't quite singing along but I was really god damn impressed by the way the whole album just sounds and NOW I sing along with almost every song.

Ample Vigour
06-14-2013, 06:38 AM
That's a song, not an album !!

(I'll always be a 'Face the Music' guy)

Your thoughts On Powerslave, por favor

Zodar
06-14-2013, 09:50 AM
It's good but no Screaming for Vengeance

djSyndrome
06-14-2013, 10:21 AM
Atmosphere (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQSpJfpVHmg)

Cyrael
06-19-2013, 09:33 AM
Minus The Bear - Planet of Ice

The Decemberists - The Crane Wife

Both of these I was hooked just about 10 seconds in.