Neutral Milk Hotel
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea


2.0
poor

Review

by crandynewman USER (38 Reviews)
February 4th, 2012 | 267 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Be prepared to be blessed with some of the best lyrics ever written, sung by the worst voice ever spoken.

If you look in indie's back catalog you might find that a band called Neutral Milk Hotel keeps popping up quite often. If you're like me, you'll wonder who this mysterious band is and do some background checking to find that they're one of the most popular bands in the history of indie. I can't tell you how many praises I've heard sung in the name of the band's leader Jeff Magnum. And I can understand the sentimentality of the issue; Magnum is a supreme lyrical writer, and having mastered the concept of the human language, layers this incredible album with some truly great prose lyrics. There are some real gems here scattered about through every possible song from King of Carrot Flowers part 1, 2, 3, all the way to the ending, Two Headed Boy. The lyrics are confusing but deep nonetheless, always painting a picture that you can easily visualize the entire length of the album's duration.

So after praising the lyrics so much like every other review I've ever seen, you might wonder why I only have given this a 2? It's because everything else is awful! Mostly Jeff Magnum's voice, could there be a more obnoxious, unlikable, stymied whine on the face of the planet? No, Justin Bieber doesn't count (sorry; it HAD to be mentioned). Magnum has the worst voice I've ever heard, plane and simple; it's like a normal man who's nervous had sex with an air horn. Suffice to say it, it's a painful experience. Not even the best lyrics in the world could save a voice like this, and its especially evident when Magnum goes for those high notes, the first being in the opening acoustic jam King of Carrot Flowers Part I. Other than the high part at the end, it's a pretty good acoustic song. But that high note and many to come, will completely destroy the album.

He's not the only offender though, the full band songs are plagued by awfully muddy, dry production that seems to value compression above all other forms of production. They also feel the need to have a weirdness factor by employing crazy sounds like the ghostly wail of whatever instrument is played during the verses of the title track Aeroplane Over the Sea. The highlight of the album has to be Communist Daughter however, because it is a short standard acoustic song with good lyrics, and Magnum keeps his voice low as to keep the frustrations to a minimum. Overall, it's a pretty good album lyrically but god is it ruined by the terrible production and the absolutely terrible vocals. Recommended only for the hardest of the hardcore fans of indie folk-punk.



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crandynewman
February 3rd 2012


799 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i know this one might be controversial, just bare with me

DinoX
February 3rd 2012


3582 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

his vocals rule

Romulus
February 3rd 2012


8437 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

just bare with me


oh balls

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
February 3rd 2012


50455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What's wrong with a guy not having a nice voice?
Would you rather listen to perfect pitch autotune pop bullshit?

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outline
February 3rd 2012


563 Comments


Lol the worst voice ever spoken. I love how half of your reviews don't even make sense.

crandynewman
February 3rd 2012


799 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

whoa coming out swinging guys jeez

its not that he has a bad voice, its that hes got the worst voice, its so grating

DinoX
February 3rd 2012


3582 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

you have such a fucking odd pic

wabbit
February 3rd 2012


7003 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

LOL

outline
February 3rd 2012


563 Comments


I don't understand how you keep getting so surprised that people get incensed about your reviews when you're just pissing on things people love.

Yuma310
February 3rd 2012


1656 Comments


hahahahaha

crandynewman
February 3rd 2012


799 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"you have such a fucking odd pic "
isnt yours chris angel mindfreak?

"LOL"
good LOL or bad LOL rabbit??

BigShark
February 3rd 2012


58 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

come on this troll has gone far enough it's not even funny to watch anymore

crandynewman
February 3rd 2012


799 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yuma you broke my review!

DinoX
February 3rd 2012


3582 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

THREAD SMASHED

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
February 3rd 2012


3663 Comments


"isnt yours chris angel mindfreak?"

I think it's the Pick-Up Artist, if I am not mistaken

crandynewman
February 3rd 2012


799 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

pretty rude of him i'll say

DinoX
February 3rd 2012


3582 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It's Mystery. He is a famous pickup artist and brought the culture to mainstream attention and is extremely important to the shaping of the pickup community in general. It sucks that he had a really dumb TV show on VH1 which made him look ridiculous, because his books and writings are EXTREMELY influential and intelligent.

crandynewman
February 3rd 2012


799 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

oh yeah i knew he looks familiar

Eko
February 3rd 2012


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

please leave

please delete yuma's comment at least

Eko
February 3rd 2012


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

also you know this like jesse lacey's favorite album or something like that



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