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Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

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Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Kim Cooper
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Of all the recordings to emerge from the Athens-via-Denver collective called "Elephant 6", Neutral Milk Hotel's second album is the one that has worked its way under the most skins. "Magnet" magazine named it the best album of the 1990s, and "Creative Loafing" recently devoted a cover story to one fan's quest to understand why bandleader Jeff Mangum dropped out of sight soon after "Aeroplane's" release. The record sells steadily to an audience that finds it through word of mouth. Weird, beautiful, absorbing, difficult, "In The Aeroplane Over the Sea" is a surrealist text loosely based on the life, suffering and reincarnation of Anne Frank, with guest appearances from a pair of Siamese twins menaced by the cold and carnivores, a two-headed boy bobbing in a jar, anthropomorphic vegetables and a variety of immature erotic horrors. Mangum sings his dreamlike narratives with a dreamer's intensity, his creaky, off key voice occasionally breaking as he struggles to complete each dense couplet. The music is like nothing else in the 90s Indie Underground a psychedelic brass band, its members self-taught, forging polychromatic washes of mood and tribute. The songs stick to one narrow key, the images repeat and circle back, and to listen is to be absorbed into a singular, heart-rending vision.

Author Biography

Kim Cooper is the publisher and editor of Scram, an occasional journal of unpopular culture dedicated to celebrating unjustly neglected artists in the worlds of music, literature, film/TV, comics and bohemia. She is the co-editor of Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth, and also of the acclaimed Lost in the Grooves: Scram's Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed, (Routledge, 2004). She lives in Los Angeles.
Release date NZ
November 15th, 2005
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
Illustrations
Imprint
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Pages
144
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Dimensions
128x178x7
ISBN-13
9780826416902
Product ID
1675489

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