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Format: CD
Sku: 60000842
UPC: 036172943623
UPC 14: 00036172943623
Release Date: 2/10/1998
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. King Of Carrot Flowers, Pt. One, The ~ Neutral Milk Hotel
2. King Of Carrot Flowers, Pts. Two And Three, The ~ Neutral Milk Hotel
3. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea ~ Neutral Milk Hotel
4. Two-Headed Boy ~ Neutral Milk Hotel
5. Fool, The ~ Neutral Milk Hotel
6. Holland, 1945 ~ Neutral Milk Hotel
7. Communist Daughter ~ Neutral Milk Hotel
8. Oh Comely ~ Neutral Milk Hotel
9. Ghost ~ Neutral Milk Hotel
10. (untitled) ~ Neutral Milk Hotel
11. Two-Headed Boy Pt. Two ~ Neutral Milk Hotel

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Neutral Milk Hotel: Jeff Mangum ( vocals, guitar, organ, bass, drums, tapes, shortwave radio); Julian Koster (banjo, accordian, saw); Scott Spillane (trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, euphonium); Jeremy Barnes (organ, drums).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Michelle Anderson (Uilleann pipes); Marisa Bissinger (saxophone, flugelhorn); Rick Benejamin (trombone); Laura Carter (zanzithophone); Robert Schneider (piano, organ, bass, background vocals).
Muze PNote Neutral Milk Hotel leader Jeff Mangum is a popster who hears interstellar sounds as natural ingredients of his "pop." He was weaned with the inevitable four-track in his bedroom, schooled on a record collection stacked with John Cage and Captain Beefheart as well as the Beatles and the Kinks. There is an instant emotional intensity to Neutral Milk's music, and the seeds that were sewn on '96's lo-fi masterpiece ON AVERY ISLAND, bear an evolving fruit on IN THE AEROPLANE OVER THE SEA.
Muze PNote Mangum's psych-folk songwriter musings dominate the album's landscape. Confusion streams out in hallucinatory phrases, trying to outrace a manic acoustic guitar, which in turn propels a band whose general sound is a four-track, punked-up version of Tom Waits' RAIN DOGS outfit. Brass-heavy instrumentals akin to ambient, bayou funeral dirges skitter by. At times, sunny pop emerges from the busy squall , as on the title track. Occasionally, the squall itself latches onto a melody, exploding with Flaming Lips-like ferocity. All of it suggests that while Neutral Milk's grasp on inherent truths (musical and otherwise) is wholly unstable, its quest for them is a wonder to behold.

Producer: Robert Schneider

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Robert Schneider

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/10/1998
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1998
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 136
Music Label Name Label : Merge
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00036172943623

Professional Reviews

Spin (9/99, p.164)
- Ranked #88 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."

Spin (3/98, pp.134-135)
- 7 (out of 10)
- "...Mangum's quasi-mystical, Donovan impulses distance him from the Apples [In Stereo's] Starburst melodies and Olivia [Tremor Control's] psychedelic lollipops. He wants to be the Sundown Superman, the cross-legged troubador of the low-fi set..."

Entertainment Weekly (3/6/98, p.80)
- "...blends buzzing indie-rock guitars, beautifully arranged horns, and oddball instrumentation....But, hey, anyone can make off-the-wall sounds; it's Milk-man Jeff Mangum's bouncy pop melodies...that make AEROPLANE take off..." - Rating: B

Uncut (p.127)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "[W]ith unhinged evangelical urgency and ambitiously ramshackle arrangements..."

CMJ (1/11/99, p.3)
- "...With its intensely personal lyrics and diverse, carnival-esque instrumentation, the celebratory and mournful AEROPLANE is unlike any other recording released in 1998..."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "Its opaque, surrealistic narratives about wartime Europe and two-headed children proceed in a breathless, mellifluous torrent across a lo-fi landscape of thrumming acoustics, soaring brass and, on the title track, massed bowed saws."

NME (Magazine)
(5/23/98, 44)
- 6 (out of 10)
- "...Magnum's voice [is]....A sort of stylistic mumble that runs up and down the scale and seems all over the place...perfectly suited to Neutral Milk Hotel's see-sawing electrified acoustic folk..."

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