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As 'the internets busiest music nerd', Anthony Fantano puts it, "The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. One" is like the opening of a book. Jeff Mangum's aggressive, but rhythmic acoustic strum is the first thing to strike a listener of "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea " and it provides a focused driving force to support Mangum's abstract lyrics. The song seems to start of innocently, talking of a certain youth many years ago, but just over a minute later Mangum is singing about alcoholic mothers and dads dreaming of death. Despite the eclecticism the song manages to be compellingly catchy, enabling it to work as a whole. The ending is passionate but still instrumentally simple with only a howling accordion supporting Mangum's strum.

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