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05:45 PM on 05/07/12
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wow. 10 years? really? jeez, this came out when i was 14? holy smokes *dazes into space for a minute as i realize just how old i am*

like some others, i remember where i was when i bought this album...

i used to have GREAT luck randomly blind buying CD's just by looking at the cover (essentially giving the finger to the old saying, "don't judge a book by its cover") and Leaving Through the Window was one of those gems i blind bought. the great, curiosity striking youthful cover. the odd band name and the somber album title.

i remember the store was a small little "indie" family owned record store next to a really bad pizza place on the "busy" street in town. at the time Sam Goody was really the only place in town to buy CD's besides Wal-Mart yet and since i worked at Wal-Mart i didn't want to go there unless i absolutely had to, and Sam Goody (haha, oh Sam Goody...) charged about $20 for each freaking disc, so i went to this little store to satiate my musical appetite. and save my wallet some pain. oh, and we also didn't have a Best Buy or any other type of store, so yeah, options were limited.

i also didn't have internet (didn't have internet until i was 19! how did i live!), so looking back, discovering this band was truly something magical and impressive in my opinion.

i remember it was a humid summer day and i remember the bike ride there and back. i remember devouring the album. shocked at how poppy it was one minute and then how, slow and personal it was the next. it drove me nuts with how quickly it stuck in my head and how i was tapping my foot all day every day. that summer / year was pretty much nothing but Leaving Through the Window (turns out i bought it probably three weeks after its release date in May).

it's pretty much what kicked off my musical "era" of now.

when i got my driver's license, many nights were spent driving around listening to this album.

10 years later, the story is still the same. about once a week or so i turn this album on and it hits home. brings me back with major nostalgia to some great and not-so-great times. best part? i'm only 24 and i feel like i've really grown with McMahon, and i continue to grow and share memories with this album.

a classic album and one of the few i would give a 5/5 to both because of how excellent it is and the major nostalgia factor.

sorry for the long post!

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