I don't know if anyone's done something like this on AST before, but I'm curious what albums all of you made snap judgments on that you ended up revising. There are a lot of examples from my own life I can think of, the most recent of which was the New Pornographers' "Challengers", which I initially dismissed mostly because it didn't rock as hard as "Twin Cinema", but which I ended up spending a lot of time listening to and enjoying.
I also wanted an excuse to link to Rolling Stone's initial reviews of Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II, because they're both full of great unintentional comedy. Some excerpts of the Zeppelin I review:
"The album's most representative cut is "How Many More Times." Here a jazzy introduction gives way to a driving (albeit monotonous) guitar-dominated background for Plant's strained and unconvincing shouting (he may be as foppish as Rod Stewart, but he's nowhere near so exciting, especially in the higher registers)."
"In their willingness to waste their considerable talent on unworthy material the Zeppelin has produced an album which is sadly reminiscent of Truth. Like the Beck group they are also perfectly willing to make themselves a two- (or, more accurately, one-a-half) man show. It would seem that, if they're to help fill the void created by the demise of Cream, they will have to find a producer (and editor) and some material worthy of their collective attention."
So... what albums did all of you initially dismiss that you now admit are amazing?