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In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
     

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

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by Neutral Milk Hotel
 

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Key members of the distinctly original collective the Elephant 6 Recording Company, Neutral Milk Hotel are one of the most riotously exhilarating rock bands of the '90s. They combine the furious fun of punk rock, the lyrical elegance of '60s folk, and the musical experimentation of the Beach Boys and the Beatles in songs with names like "Two-Head Boy" and " King of

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Key members of the distinctly original collective the Elephant 6 Recording Company, Neutral Milk Hotel are one of the most riotously exhilarating rock bands of the '90s. They combine the furious fun of punk rock, the lyrical elegance of '60s folk, and the musical experimentation of the Beach Boys and the Beatles in songs with names like "Two-Head Boy" and " King of Carrot Flowers." IN THE AEROPLANE OVER THE SEA is largely the brainchild of singer-guitarist Jeff Mangum, a glorious shouter blessed with a powerful yowl that could wake the dead. When he sings of "a little boy in Spain playing pianos filled with flames" or "we know who our enemies are!" its as exciting as hearing the Beatles sing "I Want to Hold Your Hand." And when his band comes in behind him with feedback, singing saw, crazed drum rolls, saxophones, and trombone, it's like a tidal wave pouring out of your speakers. Ebbing and flowing like a great rock opera, AEROPLANE was the indie-rock record of the year in 1998, and its influence is just beginning to be felt.

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Perhaps best likened to a marching band on an acid trip, Neutral Milk Hotel's second album is another quixotic sonic parade; lo-fi yet lush, impenetrable yet wholly accessible, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is either the work of a genius or an utter crackpot, with the truth probably falling somewhere in between. Again teaming with producer Robert Schneider, Jeff Mangum invests the material here with new maturity and clarity; while the songs run continuously together, as they did on the previous On Avery Island, there is a much clearer sense of shifting dynamics from track to track, with a greater emphasis on structure and texture. Mangum's vocals are far more emotive as well; whether caught in the rush of spiritual epiphany ("The King of Carrot Flowers Pts. Two and Three") or in the grip of sexual anxiety ("Two-Headed Boy"), he sings with a new fervor, composed in equal measure of ecstasy and anguish. However, as his musical concepts continue to come into sharper focus, one hopes his stream-of-consciousness lyrical ideas soon begin to do the same; while Mangum spins his words with the rapid-fire intensity of a young Dylan, the songs are far too cryptic and abstract to fully sink in -- In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is undoubtedly a major statement, but just what it's saying is anyone's guess.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/1998
Label:
Merge Records
UPC:
0036172943623
catalogNumber:
29436
Rank:
27706

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neutral Milk Hotel   Primary Artist
Michelle Anderson   uillean pipes
Jeff Mangum   Organ,Guitar,Vocals,Bowed Bass,Floor Tom,Shortwave Radio
Julian Koster   Accordion,Bowed Banjo,Singing Saw
Merisa Bissinger   Flugelhorn,Saxophone
Laura Carter   Zanzithophone
Scott Spillane   Trombone,Trumpet,Euphonium,Flugelhorn
Jeremy Barnes   Organ,Drums
Rick Benjamin   Trombone

Technical Credits

Brian Dewan   Illustrations
Jeff Mangum   Art Direction
Robert Schneider   Producer
Chris Bilheimer   Art Direction
Scott Spillane   Horn Arrangements
Brian McPhee   Contributor

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In the Aeroplane Over the Sea 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Alfeetoe More than 1 year ago
This album is, in a word, "perfect." Not only is it a classic indie-rock gateway drug, but it sucessfully evokes the familiarity, as well as the uniqueness, of a truly great album. Jeff Magnum's lyrics are superb, weaving in and out of innuendos and blashpemies, while also creating the love-lorn world of characterization that you can dive right in to. The melodies and vocals are haunting, almost bordering on creepy, and the sounds dance around and crank like the gears and servos in a finely tuned machine. There is not one song I skip on this album, which I've absorbed many, many times. The tracks never get old. Comparatively, my number one album, "If You're Feeling Sinister" by Belle and Sebastian, has certain tracks that I do skip because I've heard them way too many times. The only reason it eeks out this one is because, like all good personalized selections, that album "spoke" to me a bit more. But that is not to say that "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" is not a masterpiece. It certainly is. In fact, I would venture to say it is one of the most imaginative, creative, haunting, memorable, and distinctive albums of the past twenty years. It's that damn good. Check it out, you won't regret it.
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A masterpiece.
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Standing as one of the pinnacles of indie rock and 90's music in general, Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is a triumph. Using the similar aesthetic he used with On Avery Island (marching band horn parts, stream-of-consciousness lyrics, lo-fi production), Jeff Mangum fouses up a little bit here musically. The songs run continually into each other but instead the songs are more focused on textured sounds which give the songs more depth than ever before. Mangum also sings with much more power causing songs like "Ghost" to burst at the seams with catharsis. It is truly a masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clearly, this is a near frozen distillation of the artists ego and pride.sure, we all have secret songs that we keep wrapped in boxes so tight sounding only at night as we sleep, but these songs will take the listener on a journey so unexpected it is difficult to explain. Enjoy NMH for as long as you can and remember they will be there when you need them. Hailing all who are exiled.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a deeply emotional, top-to-bottom classic. inventive instrumentation and beautifully evocative lyrics. this will shake your soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have a brain you'll like this album. It's amazing. The songs are in perfect order... everything is great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jeff Mangum sings the things most of us don't dare say aloud. And beautifully. And tragically. This album is one of the few in my collection that I can throw own no matter what mood I'm in. It's almost flawless. It may not appeal to everyone's tastes, but everyone I know who likes it LOVES IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is not an album for those with narrow attention spans. if you enjoy something a little more anthemic, try the 'everything is' EP
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 3rd song "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" is one of the best songs of the 1990s.
Guest More than 1 year ago
best band that you've never herd of. if i could i'd do nothing but listen to this all day long. but i cant cause then i'd die of starviasion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
clashing. I wondered about his voice and if those horns really went that song at all? After my first time with the record I did not listen to it for several weeks until I stumbled across the CD again I once again gave it a try and it just clicked. The sounds started to come togeather and it was just pure joy to listen to the CD all the way through. I personally believe that the King of Carrot Flowers Pt 1., In the Aeroplande over the sea, Holland 1945, and Communist Daughter are the true High lights of the CD. If you give the Cd some time and just listen it will just be an amazing experinece I havent really felt since poping in OK computer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a voice from the ground. Neutral Milk Hotel is a rare find that is often beautiful in sound and word. Jeff Mangum's lyrics construct an alternate existance of emaciated logic and impressionistic images that draws the listener closer without ever providing a complete explaination. They can seem pleasantly child-like and disturbing at once. The songs can be like a dream that you certainly don't want to be awoken from.
Guest More than 1 year ago
there's such an odd complexity to this album. a certain sense of innosence and wide-eyed wonder. the feeling that your far far away in another place. a soft undercurrent of magnificence to every song. such creativity and precious lyrics!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A really terrific person turned me on to these guys and while I love On Avery Island, I agree that Aeroplane is the better album. I think I'm in love, well, at least I should be after listening to such beauty filled angst.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't like any of the songs.