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In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
1998 Ratings: #11 / 91
User Score
Based on 999 ratings
1998 Ratings: #1
February 10, 1998 / Release Date
LP / Format
Merge, Domino / Label
Robert Schneider / Producer
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It's a record of images, associations, and threads; no single word describes it so well as the beautiful and overused "kaleidoscope."
Neutral Milk Hotel's second album is another quixotic sonic parade; lo-fi yet lush, impenetrable yet wholly accessible, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is either the work of a genius or an utter crackpot.
Tiny Mix Tapes

As beautiful as it is disturbing,  In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is a stunning piece of art that draws you deeper with each listen.

Summoning the ghost of one of history's most tragic characters and weaving an organic thread of humanity through the gaps, the songwriting on display throughout is indisputably the work of a genius with something important to say.
Entertainment Weekly

It’s Milk-man Jeff Mangum’s bouncy pop melodies on songs like ”Ghost” that make In the Aeroplane Over the Sea take off. Too bad this almost-great album is weighed down by a couple of lifeless acoustic warblers.

Neutral Milk Hotel's second full-length album is an unsettling travelogue torn between melancholy and glee.
Rolling Stone

For those not completely sold on its folk charm, Aeroplane is thin-blooded, woolgathering stuff.


Pathos saves Neutral Milk Hotel from being a complete oddity.

I’m gonna rewrite this review like I did my Kid A review, cause my opinion changed drastically.

Since OK Computer and Kid A clicked so heavily with me, I decided to revisit ITAOTS. I was listening to a Spotify discover playlist that was built around Kid A, and I was loving most of the suggestions I heard. I was driving home, I had an hour to kill... why not?

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLY CRAP... like I’ll be honest... I only used to pretend to like this album so people wouldn’t bully ... read more

I’d like to start off this review by saying that it took me a while to enjoy this album. Last summer, I heard people hyping this up as one of the best albums of the century that everyone needed to hear. It has accrued a massive amount of critical acclaim and popularity over the years and is considered by many to be a modern classic, so I thought, “Why not?” On my first listen I wasn’t too impressed. The compositions and production were pretty solid, ... read more
Today, September 18th, 2017, I realized the lady on the cover doesn't have a half-cut potato for a head. It's a wooden board with hole cut out for people to put their heads through, like at a county fair or something. Thought she had a potato head my whole life
if there is one album that can be solely described as beautiful, this is it. each song is an intricate piece of art, the instrumentals equally intriguing as the lyrics. the songs were very upbeat and happy, all of them very well produced. i am really not sure how i should review this, as i am at a loss for words. there aren't too many albums that i give a 100 but this is the one that really deserves it. this LP will never be forgotten and could go down as one of the most original and ... read more
This album will just keep growing on me ain't it...
I used to prefer the first half quite heavily, but after sitting in my room at 2 am listening to Jeff Mangum belting on Communist Daughter and Oh Comely, I can now say that I like both parts pretty much equally. Emotionally raw and penetrating, this album is what transcending time and place is about.
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Track List

  1. King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1 
  2. King of Carrot Flowers Pts. 2 & 3 
  3. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea 
  4. Two-Headed Boy 
  5. Fool 
  6. Holland, 1945 
  7. Communist Daughter 
  8. Oh Comely 
  9. Ghost 
  10. [untitled] 
  11. Two-Headed Boy Pt. 2
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