It's Darwin Day today, and I thought it might be interesting to find out which albums you feel have helped to evolve your music taste to what it is today. Real landmark, life-changing albums - especially the ones you didn't really realise at the time would be so important to you.
Mine are probably...
Oasis - Definitely Maybe (first time I loved an album that wasn't one of my Mum's Cure records or my Dad's Motown)
Deftones - Around the Fur (although White Pony is probably my favourite of theirs, this is the first 'heavy' album that truly blew my mind)
Weezer - Pinkerton (first album I felt truly uncomfortable with on first listen and really perserved with and remains one of my favourite albums to this day. Totally changed my palette for music.)
The Longpigs - The Sun is Often Out (the first album I bought after doing my own research and became obsessed with the words, Encouraged me to really explore.)
Tom Waits - Mule Variations (Muse used to play 'What's He Building in There?' when they went onstage, and although I'd heard 'Big in Japan' on a Punk-o-Rama compilation, I wasn't sure if he was for me. Of course he was, and a life without Tom Waits is no life at all. This album led to so much of my music taste, and Tom sets the bar for nearly everything I listen to and the sort of defines parameters of what I want from music.)
The Field - From Here We Go Sublime (has totally shape-shifted my taste over the past few years from a Elliott Smith loving Shins fan to increasingly 'getting' why people love 'dance'.)
Honourable mentions: Arab Strap - Elephant Shoe, Dead Prez - Let's Get Free and David Bowie - Low. And obviously stuff that I released, Jeniferever especially.