Due to my intense dislike of Simon Cowell and the “star-making” machinery that he represents, I’ve never had any use for ‘American Idol’ or the freshly scrubbed vanilla pop aesthetic it keeps generating.  As such, much of Taylor Swift’s work failed to connect with me, and her (clearly sponsor-mandated) pretty pretty princess facade only added fuel to the fire of my disdain.  But lately, something’s changed, it ain’t hard to define, Jesse’s got himself a girl and I wanna–  Wait, sorry, that’s a Rick Springfield lyric.  No, with her latest album and the more adult attitude that seems to have come with it, I’m enjoying her music and her sense of humor, and while I’ll never be a “Swifty”, I have an appreciation for her as an artist that finally outstrips her ‘A.I.’ origins, which leads to today’s increasingly palatable query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is prepared for jokes about moles and/or mold, but make sure it’s a good’n, asking: What artist’s work do you find has grown on you after initially seeming terrible? 

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  1. Aaron
    June 27, 2015 at 12:06 pm — Reply

    Tommy Wisseau, of course. Also most pop bands. I used to abhor most top 40 music, but now that I’m not a teenage metalhead, I’m not so angry that everyone is enjoying themselves. Still don’t care for it, but it doesn’t fill me with rage.

  2. June 27, 2015 at 6:43 pm — Reply

    This reads like you think Taylor Swift came out of American Idol. Are you maybe thinking of Carrie Underwood?

  3. Jeffrey Corbello
    June 28, 2015 at 9:00 pm — Reply

    Fall Out Boy.
    It’s my wife’s favorite band. I listen mostly to heavy metal. But with her constantly playing them and dragging me to a concert. They have grown on me. I even ask her to play certain songs.

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