"I think I've listened to like four reggae albums in my life"
Haha yeah that's probably fairly typical, even among big music geeks like us (thanks for the recs anyway). Even with my Lee Perry obsession, I've listened to relatively little reggae compared to other genres so that's partly why I'm making an effort to explore it a bit more. I'm also finding out that's a bit like prog- the most famous/popular stuff often isn't the best or most interesting so it's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that it's just not for you. For example, I have no interest in slick stuff like Steel Pulse or Black Uhuru. It's also about age- when I was younger I was all about melody. The older I get, I can more easily appreciate music where the main emphasis is on texture, atmosphere, emotion, whatever you wanna call it. Is also why I've been getting more blues lately too.