In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
1998 Ratings: #6 / 109
User Score
1998 Ratings: #3
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pitchfork
It's a record of images, associations, and threads; no single word describes it so well as the beautiful and overused "kaleidoscope."
100
AllMusic
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.
100
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.

100
Sputnikmusic
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.
100
God Is in the TV
Like Wilco's 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' or Slint's 'Spiderland', Neutral Milk Hotel's magnum opus was cruelly overlooked but is a classic album that no fan of American indie-rock can be without. It's now available on CD again, thanks to Franz's label, Domino. Now seven years old, it's still thrilling.
83
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.

70
Spin
Neutral Milk Hotel's second full-length album is an unsettling travelogue torn between melancholy and glee.
60
Rolling Stone

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

60
NME

Pathos saves Neutral Milk Hotel from being a complete oddity.

MothaOfMotha12
80

I just found out about The Holocaust, damn that shit sucks.

BradTasteMusic
90

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

0xiela
NR

> Welcome to /mu/.
> Now get out.

foux
94

I know people are praising this album and this band a lot, but a special shout out to April of Parks & Recs for making me discover this. It's a beautiful album, and genuinly might be the most innovative album in the Indie music sphere.

tryonsme
64

sorry Anne Frank but i don't like folk 😭

Aeroena
92

Beautiful ass album man

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Added on: May 5, 2012