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  • Audio CD (6 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B0000019OD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Song Against Sex
  2. You've Passed
  3. Someone Is Waiting
  4. A Baby For Pree
  5. Marching Theme
  6. Where You'll Find Me Now
  7. Avery Island April 1st
  8. Garden Head Leave Me Alone
  9. Three Peaches
  10. Naomi
  11. April 18th
  12. Pree Sisters Swallowing A Donkey's Eye

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Format: Audio CD
I'm not the type to spend my time writing reviews, but seeing the paucity of reviews on this album, I was compelled to rave for a minute. Neutral Milk Hotel is an amazing phenomenon. Many bands do a fine job of walking the line between sounding accidentally incredible and getting lost in a sea of sound. But NMH stands alone in the ability to seamlessly integrate the full spectrum of SOUND with subtle, desperate lyrics. This album and The Aeroplane Over The Sea are both excellent. Avery Island is a bit more accessible, with more distortion and a fuller sound. Aeroplane has more acoustic guitar and a starkly real sound. If you're turned off by off-key singing, you will likely be a bit jarred at first, but don't be fooled: every slight crack in Jeff's voice is carefully placed. You owe it to yourself to give this a very serious listen: it is rare in music these days to find something so innovative but still so beautiful. Buy it if you like other Elephant6 bands (Apples In Stereo, Elf Power, Beulah, Olivia Tremor Control, etc), Modest Mouse, Pavement/Malkmus, etc. Buy it!!
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I was drawn to NMH after accidentally stumbling across files on the Internet from their 2nd album, In The Aeroplane Over The Sea. Having listened and loved the aforementioned, they fast became my favoutite band. I began to seek the back-catalogue, which is basically this CD and the 'Everything Is' single, although Jeff Mangum has done some solo recording too. Anyway, THIS ALBUM IS FANTASTIC. BUY IT. It took me a good few listens to really appreciate its simultaeneous intricacy and rawness of feeling, but once you get over the odd sounds and death-rant suicide lyrics, you'll find what's possibly the best album, ever recorded, ever. EVEN better than 'In An Aeroplane Over The Sea'. And that's Saying Something. Buy!
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I don't know how or why I bought this record by a band which in England at least remains more obscure than aether, but it truly is a magical experience. The opening track 'Song Against Sex' steals the show with oblique suicide lyrics sung to a rockabilly beat unlike anything you've heard before. The CD is worth it just for that - similar to Holland, 1945 on their following LP or Summer Babe by Pavement as music that saves. The album overall is patchy but shows flashes of genuis that marks Neutral Milk Hotel out as the possible saviours of Lo-Fi rock.
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The lesser known of the two LP's from Jeff Mangum's brainchild Neutral Milk Hotel. The now-famous 'In The Aeroplane Over the Sea' being the band's mega-hit album, it's easy to not know or have never delved into On Avery Island and I was the same before I picked up this great record. The feel of the music is quite different from Aeroplane, in which each song felt part of a singular, cohesive entity.

This album has a few tracks I don't care for which lessens the album for me somewhat but the tracks that are great are really great music and warrant having the record in my collection.

The Vinyl contains:

Songs Against Sex,
You've Passed,
Someone Is Waiting,
A Baby For Free,
Marching Theme,
Where You'll Find Me Now,
Avery Island/ April 1st,
Gardenhead/ Leave Me Alone,
Three Peaches,
Naomi,
April 8th,
Pree-Sisters Swalling A Donkey's Eye,
Everything Is...,
Snow Song Pt. 1

There was also download code for the tracks, however at the time of posting the website is being revamped and this feature is unavailable - however Amazon allowed downloading through their Auto-rip service for those who want an eletronic copy of this album.

Favourite tracks: April 8th, Song Against Sex, Everything Is..., Gardenhead/Leave Me Alone and Where You'll Find me Now.

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As a result of the expansive greatness of the second Neutral Milk Hotel album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, which recounts the life of Anne Frank against a kaleidoscopic backdrop of bizarre characters and heartfelt (yet childlike) imagery in a way that is both interesting (in a conceptual sense) and emotionally effecting, On Avery Island will always be somewhat disregarded as the clumsier, less expansive footnote, that simply worked as a necessary building block to Mangum's grand opus. Although some of these factors are true, On Avery Island remains a fascinating album in it's own right, once again blurring a fragmented and fractured narrative against a musical backdrop of fuzzy bass lines, clamouring drums, electronic noise, acoustic guitars (run through amplifies and shot with distortion), and the early use of horns that would become more pronounced after the arrival of Scott Spilane and the rest of the core Neutral Milk Hotel line-up during this album's subsequent tour.
On Avery Island, like In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, was recorded over a long period of time by Jeff Mangum and Elephant 6 guru Robert Schneider on a four track recorder, with the duo playing most of the instruments themselves, with a few friends from fellow Elephant 6 bands the Apples in Stereo and The Olivia Tremor Control offering further assistance. As a result, the album is more singular and intimate in sound than the aforementioned masterpiece to follow, with the continuing use of fuzzy guitars, drums, bass and various electronic touches developing a completely different sound to Aeroplane's more acoustic fuzz-folk doodlings. For those familiar with the second album, the sound of On Avery Island is most similar to tracks like The King of Carrot Flowers pt.
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