The damn near-mythologised second album from Neutral Milk Hotel. Idiosyncratic stuff from 1998. Whether you’re die-hard for this one or rediscovering, let Jeff Mangum sing to you about semen-stained mountaintops and Jesus Christ between those stellar brass sections. Reissued on Domino on LP or CD.
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I once nearly had a fight at a party due to my dislike of Neutral Milk Hotel. It seems I was the only one there who didn't think they were the best thing in the world ever (pre or post sliced bread). I accept people have different tastes and see different things in records - partly what makes this job so frustrating (and sometimes enlightening). But the venom I faced was quite extraordinary - it was almost as if I'd insulted everybody's mother.
Therefore there's little point in me writing about this new Domino re-issue of 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea', save to say that I did give it another try only to rip it off the turntable once again when he sings 'I love you Jesus Christ' in a nerdy voice that's one part They Might Be Giants, one part 70s finger in the ear folkie. That said, the indie-hop brethren (and Franz Ferdinand) wax lyrical on the rear sleeve like it was 'Surfer Rosa' or something. One day maybe I can join their little club....but not quite yet.
10/10 MissingPlanet Customer review, 15th September 2014
I wouldn’t fight anyone who doesn’t like this record; it would make me seem unsure of its brilliance. I would (and do – I know one. Just one) pity them. For a month after I first heard this album I listened to nothing else. I tried, but it was like going back to crawling after you’ve learned to walk. It’s so good that fans will sit in their cars and wait for it to finish rather than switch it off. It may all sound a bit cultish, but it’s a cult with no downside to membership.
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