I was very skeptical upon first listening to Neutral Milk Hotel. I am no music expert by any means, and most of the stuff I listen to is pretty mainstream: catchy beats and repeating choruses. I imagined a band called “Neutral Milk Hotel” would probably have nothing to offer but weird beats and pretentious lyrics. But after listening to “In an Aeroplane Over the Sea,” I was in love.
The lyrics are so odd, bizarre, and strangely, extremely beautiful. Not only do they tell a story, but the band uses eclectic instrumentals and sound effects (swinging doors, saws) to set a scene. The combination conjures intense images, snapshots of human emotions. I cannot pretend that I fully understand the story, but I do not mind the air of mystery – the music itself is like a journey through all the weird, raw feelings that we have that we do not understand.
I once read that anyone who has not heard “In an Aeroplane Over the Sea” is doing themselves a great disservice, and I completely agree.