Slowdive are one of those bands - you either get the idea and therefore fall in love with the music, or you don't.
In 1993 I bought the limited edition release of Souvlaki (with the Blue Day singles collection as the second CD) after reading about them in the NME.
I immediately fell in love with the sound - melancholic, soul-searching and epic. I was 16, had just been dumped by my all-time ideal woman (or so I thought at that age!) and spent many hours listening to Slowdive laying on the floor of darks rooms.
Even had that poster of Rachel Gosling with bullet-belts around her on my bedroom wall (I'd pay thousands for that now!).
Since 1993 no band has bettered the sound of Slowdive on Souvlaki. To be honest, not many bands have strayed in that direction - Jesus And Mary Chain continuing in their similar vein, Kevin Shields giving it a go with a more commercial edge etc etc.
Slowdive captured the production sounds of the late 90's indie wave, added the accoustic mentality of Verve and produced soaring masterpieces.
There are elements of sound from such diverse records as Blur's 'Sing', Smashing Pumpkin's 'Rhinoceros' and Verve's 'Slide Away' and yet it still feels like Slowdive are fresh and original (discounting the fact that ELP, Eno and others had been doing dreamy epics 20 years previously).
12 years on and Slowdive records stil have the same effect on me - they represent all those feelings from all those years ago and I love getting lost in the music in dark rooms or in the car. And I still yearn after the same woman! (shh, don't tell the missus!)
I got the idea 12 years ago and still get it now - it represents a part of my life, as I suspect it does for other fans.
If you're emotional, appreciative of deep, soul-searching music, buy Slowdive albums.