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 1,918
1 King of Carrot Flowers, Pts. 2-3 3:05 31,469
2 In the Aeroplane Over the Sea 3:22 476,629
3 Two-Headed Boy 4:25 445,175
4 The Fool 1:53 247,480
5 Communist Daughter 1:57 337,544
6 Holland, 1945 3:12 380,759
6 Ghost 4:09 305,065
7 [Untitled] 2:17 91,258
8 Oh Comely 8:18 311,400
9 Two-Headed Boy, Pt. 2 5:12 63,098

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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  • mahgeneration

    If there was a list of the most perfect albums to ever exist, this would easily be in the top 5.

    13 Aug 5:36pm Reply
  • Poisonnation

    If there was a list of the most overrated albums to ever exist, this would easily be in the top 5.

    9 Aug 3:57am Reply
  • peterdupont1

    This. Is. So. Good. God.

    6 Aug 8:58pm Reply
  • Sangre_De_Nariz

    Fuck The Beatles.

    18 Jul 3:36am Reply
  • w-ever-4ever

    Hëil fucking Hitler.

    17 Jul 4:47pm Reply
  • Grycho

    On an entirely different note, I just want to say that people who call this album inaccessible are idiots. I loved this album on my first listen, which was before I even got into folk. Listen to 'Beauty' or 'Invent Yourself a Shortcake'. Now THAT'S inaccessible.

    14 Jul 5:35pm Reply
  • Grycho

    Man, I thought that whole "obsession with the Holocaust" thing was just a joke. I had no idea that was actually part of the reason Jeff had that nervous breakdown. :(

    14 Jul 5:35pm Reply
  • droid91

    r.i.p anne frank 1929-1945 never 4get

    5 Jul 10:43am Reply
  • mordwyr

    Pretty good.

    2 Jun 12:00am Reply
  • MEmpire25

    Grows on me a little more everytime i listen to it. A really great album that often gets hurt by the hype around it.

    24 May 4:54pm Reply
  • Thurible

    The album is good but this is all too much of a hype.

    19 Apr 9:52pm Reply
  • Actually_GIOS

    lol @ people saying this is shitty

    29 Mar 4:12am Reply
  • Hollie452

    I just bought a copy of Anne Frank's diary[2]

    23 Mar 3:56pm Reply
  • WS9167

    You were brainwashed into it.

    4 Mar 3:35pm Reply
  • thrillhouse87

    I.....I just bought a copy of Anne Frank's diary. How did it come to this?

    12 Feb 10:44pm Reply
  • Gaffes

    The greatest indie album of all time.

    7 Feb 10:46pm Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    10/10 [3]

    23 Jan 11:01pm Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    Sing along album.

    23 Jan 11:00pm Reply
  • bullandgate

    La puta madre! este disco tiene la valoracion que se merece...dejense de joder!!!!!

    10 Jan 8:12pm Reply
  • deathsdemise123

    The apex of 1990s indie. A bone-fide f**king masterpiece

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
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