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Yeah I can relate
and to piggyback on what Sam's said, it can be similar to exploring other non rock genres. I'd compare it more to blues than anything else but it's common among listeners who grew up on rock and pop to feel like blues, reggae, hip hop and even jazz "all sounds the same" and is repetitive etc. It obviously helps to give your ears time to adjust but as I touched on earlier, it helps with reggae specifically to look beyond traditional songwriting elements like melody.
Since you mentioned The Paragons which indicates that you're into rocksteady (which is generally more melodic and upbeat than what followed), I'd definitely recommend that Dekker comp. It's a Rhino single disc comp of pure fire and basically made Desmond one of my favorite reggae artists as soon as I heard it.
Here's a few prime Desmond cuts: