Superunknown by Soundgarden. When I was 16, I started really caring about music: a late start compared to T4B’s resident child prodigy. Soundgarden was the first band that blew my mind, and that’s pretty silly since it was 2009: over a decade after they broke up and nearly fifteen years after grunge stopped being vogue. I didn’t care. Superunknown rocked in 1994, rocked in 2009 when I found it, and it still rocks in 2014. I’ve probably listened to that album 75 or more times, and I can still listen to it now. Black hole sun, indeed.
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb by U2. “Vertigo” was one of the two songs I would take my dad’s iPod for so I could listen to it on repeat (the other was the Hawaii Five-O theme). When I finally got my own iPod, I had the whole album on there, and I progressed to listening to that entire album on repeat. Something about that album made me love it. I do not know if it was the songwriting or something else, but that album was my jam for a good two years.
Blast Tyrant by Clutch. Before I entered middle school, I never listened to music, ever. When I hit the sixth grade, this album was one of the very first albums I ever listened to, and I instantly fell in love with it. I’d have a different favorite song every week, as the album was really easy to listen to. I loved the heavy riffs on many of the songs, and hearing the heavy guitars was a crucial turning point leading me to venture further into the genre. This led me to discover many of my current favorite bands and songs.