>I often read reviews of albums by major artists (this pretty much only happens with major artists) that ask the reader to listen "several times" to the album: at first, it may sound like the album is mediocre, but, upon repeated listening, one is supposed to realize that it is actually a great album. I have nothing to object to the method. I simply wonder if those same critics use the same method when judging the album of a less publicized artist, or if they just toss the album in the garbage can after not even finishing the first listen; because, if you listen to every album over and over again, it is likely that you'll fall in love with pretty much any piece of music ever recorded. It's a phenomenon similar to "imprinting", whereby a cub recognizes as its "mother" anyone who sticks around long enough in the very early stage of its life. If you listen to an album often enough, you will eventually recognize it as an indispensable piece of music, especially if, at the same time, you neglect the vast majority of contemporary recordings.
You don't wait for an album to grow on you, right /mu/?