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Old 06-22-2009, 09:25 AM   #141 (permalink)
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IN THE AEROPLANE OVER THE SEA NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL




If you’re a fan of independent music you’ve already heard everything you ever needed to hear about this album: that it’s the most important independent album of all time, that it’s a piece of ****, that it’s absolutely revolutionary, unlistenable, a waste of time - a revelation. Yes, criticism of In The Aeroplane Over The Sea can go from ridiculous hate to even more ridiculous praise - a cluster**** of opinions. Forget all of that and think back to 1998 when the album was first released and you were lucky if you had ever heard of the band, or even gave a damn. Critics didn’t get it, people were likewise confused, and hipsterdom was not yet an epidemic. Picture yourself in a key moment in your life when you were upset, ecstatic, depressed, confused, and came home after buying the album because the store clerk said it was a great album to listen to. You unwrap the CD, pop it in your CD player that sometimes skipped and sometimes didn’t, and listen to the album from beginning to end because the first song is so catchy, the second song is so frighteningly brave, and everything after that is so unavoidably strange.

And that’s In The Aeroplane Over The Sea. Like it’s criticism, the music within is a cluster****. The lyrics go from making absolutely no sense, to psychedelic, to heartwrenchingly direct. It’s a web of confusion and passion that bounces the album back and forth from relateable to transcendental, or, in what’s most people’s case, from **** to ****tier. The reason there are, I’m guessing, five detractors for every fan is because most people listen to the album after being raved at that it was all the great things a human being needs. Honestly, In The Aeroplane Over The Sea is whatever you want it to be. It could be the most revolutionary album you’ve ever listened to or it could be a great pile of cow dung.

So I won’t call it the greatest album of all time. I won’t even call it the worst. I’ll simply give it a perfect rating because, personally, it’s one of the deepest albums I’ve listened to.

10


I just want to say I love this review. So often on this forum albums get called a whole plethora of radical things and it sometimes taints your opinion of it when you listen to it. I took this album as it was as well. I don't know if I'd give it a 10, but I do love it. I think it's a really honest album.
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:07 AM   #142 (permalink)
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Man, I really lost interest in this project : S
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Old 07-08-2009, 11:06 AM   #143 (permalink)
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Man, I really lost interest in this project : S
It was a good run.
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Old 07-12-2009, 10:32 AM   #144 (permalink)
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I might as well finish the albums I already have on the list : P
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Old 07-12-2009, 10:34 AM   #145 (permalink)
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German Krautrock, the way it should be. For decades the Germans have dominated the genre they pretty much invented, which is just right in my eyes. Sure, Tortoise have had their moments of pure krautrock bliss, but the truly great bands have always been German: Can, Kraftwerk, Neu! Those are the heavyweights, but there are tons more. Like Agitation Free, a relatively unknown band from the late 60s and mid 70s. With their sophomore album, properly titled 2ND, Agitation Free proved that they’re just as talented and inspired as their more popular peers.

If you like Can (Future Days Can, by the way), you’ll appreciate Agitation Free. Though 2ND is more abrasive than Future Days, you’ll notice the similarities: the jazzy sound and production, and the progressive foundation. Agitation Free keep a steady beat throughout the album, reaching its pinnacle in its centerpiece, Laila, Part 2, which often climaxes, settles, and climaxes again. Agitation Free never give up the beat, making 2ND a relatively easy to listen to album. That is, if you haven’t exhausted your music taste buds with the heavyweights. If you’ve been listening to post-rock/krautrock seriously, or at least very often, for some time, 2ND really doesn’t offer anything new. For a first time listener, I can imagine it’d be a completely different experience. The album is bright and breezy, and completely worth your while, even if you’re planning to keep it playing in the background while you worry about other things.

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Old 07-20-2009, 03:19 PM   #146 (permalink)
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77 TALKING HEADS




Here’s my relationship with Talking Heads: I’ve never been satisfied with anything less than the polyrythmic, quasi-progressive, general-funkyness of Remain in Light. Fear of Music comes close, but it’s much, much closer to More Songs About Buildings and Food and, well, the record I should be reviewing. But then I realized that Remain in Light was its own deal, a record so far-out even for a band already warped and twisted that having it exist in this world is privilege enough and that asking for anything like it is a battle I’ve already lost. So I try to like everything else by them, and I often do. This isn’t one of those times.

The universe is a harsh mistress. 77 is indeed a great debut album that showcases great muscicianship and general quirkiness that defines Talking Heads and David Byrne even today; but we’ve come to the point in history where nobody starts with 77 as their first Talking Heads album. Thus we’ve come to the point where to like 77 one has to disregard the fact that its successors are much stronger albums, including its aforementioned immediate successor More Songs About Buildings and Food. Everything succeeding 77 is catchier, smarter and funkier, but that doesn’t mean that 77 does not have tracks that succeed others in their library in terms of quality. Here are the obvious choices: “Uh Oh, Love Comes to Town,” “Who Is It?” and “Psycho Killer.”

Honestly, 77 is a meh record only because everything afterward - records you’ve listened to before 77 - are just better, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t listen to it. Don’t skip it if you’ve enjoyed everything else by the band so far, but only if.

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Heh, it's one of my favorite Talking Heads albums.

I could understand why people wouldn't like Remain in Light, I can't understand how anyone wouldn't like this one.
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Heh, it's one of my favorite Talking Heads albums.

I could understand why people wouldn't like Remain in Light, I can't understand how anyone wouldn't like this one.
I agree. Roy didn't mention how revolutionary the idea of writing songs about something other than the standard love and hardship was. These songs, like "Don't Worry About the Government" were brilliant social statements on top of that, and changed the way people thought about music and the world
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Old 07-24-2009, 03:33 PM   #148 (permalink)
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Really? I thought people were writing about politics way before the 70s, especially the late 70s.
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Not politics, but simple stuff. Simple, profound stuff.
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Old 07-25-2009, 09:36 PM   #150 (permalink)
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That may be, but if the music isn't that great, it doesn't matter so much.
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