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 1:59 107,786
1 King of Carrot Flowers, Pts. 2-3 3:05 31,637
2 In the Aeroplane Over the Sea 3:22 505,579
3 Two-Headed Boy 4:25 459,748
4 The Fool 1:53 257,437
5 Communist Daughter 1:57 353,545
6 Holland, 1945 3:12 402,971
6 Ghost 4:09 319,308
7 [Untitled] 2:17 97,454
8 Oh Comely 8:18 327,932
9 Two-Headed Boy, Pt. 2 5:12 64,437

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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  • GhostOfTheFall

    Bittersweet masterpiece...

    10 hours ago Reply
  • pumpkindraconis

    Am i the only one who seriously thinks this album is underrated

    18 Jul 2:09pm Reply
  • pumpkindraconis

    I owe my life to this album

    18 Jul 1:38pm Reply
  • s00thsayer

    Meme rap. [3]

    22 Jun 4:38pm Reply
  • Funky-Shit-


    18 Jun 9:34pm Reply
  • privetplastik

    well of course it's not about anne frank. Just an old-fashioned three-way-love, you know, like me, my friend and my girl. Anne Frank is a ghost of dying love, i mean jesus christ actually died and now they'll never be afraid, anne frank is spoiled love, milky dream without a milking, mass sacrifice. actually it's funny that all crictics say, 'oh so abctract' 'it's clearly a major statement but whats about', while the whole neutral milk hotel is obviously just one straight story. Man has just sung it from both sides a bit schizophrenic way, for himiself and his brother, all that 'I' and 'you' and 'him' and 'they' are mixing

    15 Jun 10:57pm Reply
  • Christina383

    I close my eyes and imagine this isn't about the stupid lie that is Anne Frank's diary.

    15 Jun 9:09pm Reply
  • privetplastik

    why so many good about'00 albums use the same concept story? This one and the glow pt2 sung tongs salad days but this one is like a war in his head. Great intense beetween songs

    13 Jun 12:54am Reply
  • digitalgoober

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

    8 Jun 9:58pm Reply
  • radbon69

    it's really good

    13 May 8:51pm Reply
  • dalekslayer96

    Man, this album's track listing is messed up.

    2 May 11:09am Reply
  • q0zx

    So overrated...

    7 Apr 1:21pm Reply
  • Rubendiazb

    possibly one of the reasons i'm alive right now

    22 Mar 1:12am Reply
  • LiamRandolph

    I don't see why people let the hype and popularity of an album affect their opinion of the album itself. I don't care if you don't like this album. That's fine, everyone's entitled to their own opinion. But if the most complex opinion you can form of an album is based on how "overrated" or "underrated" it is then you're doing something very wrong. And I know a lot of the people here are just /mu/tants trying to run an old meme even further into the ground, but there's also a lot of people who legitimately think this way.

    1 Mar 10:24pm Reply
  • ArcEnMousse

    Meme rap. [2]

    13 Feb 12:51pm Reply
  • LoveisInfinite

    Latarnie Montpellier - In the Aeroplane over the Sea (Neutral Milk Hotel cover) an ambient pop cover

    24 Jan 10:55am Reply
  • orwellaintdead

    If there was a list of the most perfect albums to ever exist, this would easily be in the top 5. [2] Literally the most important album ever. [2]

    23 Jan 9:40am Reply
  • arcticpolecat

    What I'm supposed to feel?

    18 Jan 9:44am Reply
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    10 Jan 5:00am Reply
  • The_SchizoidMan

    Meme rap.

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
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