Like @Kallgeese says, I’d start with Murmur and work through from there. It’s an incredible debut and I love how you can hear a gradual evolution of the band. They slowly move from the cryptic to the more direct over the course of those five records, before the relative handbrake turn of Green.
Lifes Rich Pageant might be my favourite of those early records as a kind of halfway house between their two eras - These Days, Fall on Me, Cuyahoga, Flowers of Guatemala - great songs.
Fables… has muddy production and the pace is slowed right down, but I still think there’s gold hidden under the murk - and the old southern gothic album concept is pretty beguiling…for a kid from Lancashire at least.