In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

Release date
10 Feb 1998
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1 1:59 106,014
1 King of Carrot Flowers, Pts. 2-3 3:05 31,336
2 In the Aeroplane Over the Sea 3:22 458,547
3 Two-Headed Boy 4:25 437,479
4 The Fool 1:53 240,682
5 Communist Daughter 1:57 328,330
6 Holland, 1945 3:12 368,317
6 Ghost 4:09 296,957
7 [Untitled] 2:17 88,530
8 Oh Comely 8:18 302,009
9 Two-Headed Boy, Pt. 2 5:12 62,286

About this album

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is the second studio album by American indie rock band Neutral Milk Hotel. The album was released in February 1998 in the United States on Merge Records and in May 1998 in the United Kingdom on Blue Rose Records.

Mangum moved from Athens to Denver, Colorado to prepare the bulk of the album’s material with producer Robert Schneider, this time at Schneider’s newly-created Pet Sounds Studio at the home of Jim McIntyre.

The album’s cover was a collaboration between Mangum and R.E.M.’s staff designer, Chris Bilheimer. The general design reflects the taste of Mangum: Bryan Poole said that ” was always into that old-timey, magic, semi-circus, turn-of-the-century, penny arcade kind of imagery.” One particular piece Mangum showed to Bilheimer was an old European postcard with an image of people bathing at a resort, which was then cropped and altered for the cover. Bilheimer also designed a broadsheet-style lyrics sheet for the album, and inadvertently titled “Holland, 1945” in the process; Mangum wanted to use either “Holland” or “1945” for the song, and Bilheimer suggested he use both.

The album continues to sell well, and was the sixth-best-selling vinyl album in 2008.

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