I love Ys but it’s definitely not the place to start for the Newsom neophyte. Divers is probably the best entrance part- it has everything that makes her great, and it’s much more digestible and less squeaky.
I like Milk Eyed Mender too but agree with @Murder that Divers is the best point of entry. Certainly was the case for me and it’s probably still my favourite Newsom album (keep trying with Ys but it has never truly clicked for me)
Once you’ve heard the first five minutes you can really save yourself the folowing forty. Sometimes wonder if the lad playing the (very pretty) keyboard line just stuck it on a loop pedal and went out for a few pints without telling the saxophonist.
Early REM. I like it well enough, it’s decent music. I even stick it on sometimes, but the way people speak/write about Murmur is like it literally invented music. And sex. It’s just a decent album - I can’t get my head around what is supposed to be so special about it.
I’ve only heard it once so I can’t really fully explain why but I think just from the pure hype and accolades I was expecting something incredible and I found it to be quite annouing at best. I have heard Good Kid and thought it was alright but nothing I’d return to - will just chalk this one down as being one not for me
I’ll probably get slaughtered for this, but Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan. Irritating vocals, dirgey repetitive guitar melodies, nothing to excite or grab my attention. Kept thinking that people must only enjoy this for the lyrics, and I couldn’t remember anything about it by the time it finished. Have (perhaps foolishly?) refrained from listening to other Dylan albums as a result.