On Avery Island

Neutral Milk Hotel - On Avery Island
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
1996 Ratings: #45 / 74
User Score
Based on 640 ratings
1996 Ratings: #157
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CRITIC REVIEWS

88
Pitchfork

On Avery Island is a theme park plopped down on a city: It rushes the fantastical into the everyday, conjuring the weird sensation of getting knocked loose from a rut into the intoxicating unknown of what’s still to come.

80
AllMusic

On Avery Island, is an inscrutable concept album, a chronicle of an insular world told in a remarkably universal language. A fuzzy masterpiece of experimental lo-fi recording, the album wraps its ragged pop songs in ribbons of loops, marching-band squawks, and Casio noodling.

80
NME
Post-psychedelic, post-folk, post-grunge, post pretty much everything, think Butthole Surfers if they’d grown up listening to nothing but Four Volts. More fuzz than a teddy bear and 10 times cooler to leave lying about when Sarah from philosophy is coming round.
80
The Skinny

On Avery Island is a rare and welcome opportunity to explore their raw brilliance, pre-Anne Frank.

60
The Guardian
You can hear Mangum groping towards the realisation of his vision on the likes of Song Against Sex or A Baby for Pree, but never quite finding it. And, truth be told, you're unlikely to be revisiting the 14-minute wig-out Pree-Sisters Swallowing a Donkey's Eye too often.
40
Sputnikmusic

If you're a Neutral Milk Hotel fan who's never heard this album before, you're in for a surprise. Unfortunately this surprise is based around the gradual discovery that On Avery Island isn't actually all that good.

Strangelightsyd
65

minus 6 points for not having me in the album cover.
jk it's because Pree-Sisters Swallowing a Donkey's Eye sucks ass. Everything else is brilliant obviously.

TheBravesDH
83

Its greatest flaw is that it isn't Aeroplane.

Geem
75

Why is this cover so creepy. Seriously giving me some cursed image vibes. And I can't tell if my headphones are scuffed or the music just sounds like that. I liked it quite a bit. It dragged a bit in the middle, but it still remains an extremely solid project. I feel it's a bit overrated though 🛺

trulymastic
70

You can see the vision of ITAOTS forming here, but its grating amateur qualities in moments do outweigh the budding semblance of their forthcoming masterpiece.

Aeroena
81

Naomi best track tbh

DAVECHER
80

Aside from distortion that can get tiring, at it's core, this album is nearly as impressive as "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea".

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Added on: April 8, 2013