Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Rhymes: Classic Album Series: Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over the Sea
This is the title track to Neutral Milk Hotel's 2nd and final album, released in 1998. The album was inspired by The Diary of Anne Frank, and consists of several allusions to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. While the band and the album flew under the radar when it was initially was released, it has since gained critical acclaim and even some success in record sales (it was the 6th highest selling vinyl record in 2008, ten years after its release).
I was introduced to this album in early May and has since become one of my favorite records of all time. The lead-singer, Jeff Mangum's Bob Dylan-esque vocals are extremely powerful on this eerie song. NMH's sound is one-of-a-kind, and I have never heard anything like it before. It features a strong Folk sound, but also features heavily distorted guitars.
Stand-out tracks in addition to the title track include: "Holland, 1945" "Two Headed Boy" "Oh Comely" and essentially the entire 11 track album that clocks in at just under 40 minutes. The listen is short, but very intense.
BRL Approved Classic.