Neutral Milk Hotel - On Avery Island
‰ÛÏIts wide-eyed and wounded view of the world goes a long way toward explaining why audiences keep returning to Jeff Magnum‰۪s songs‰ Pitchfork // ‰ÛÏNeutral Milk Hotel were on if the best and most distinctive indie bands of the Nineties‰ Rolling Stone // Fire Records re-press Neutral Milk Hotel‰۪s explosive 1996 debut ‰Û÷On Avery Island‰۪. Jeff Mangum's songs are cryptic and crazed, his ideas fast and furious, and together they force the home-recording concept out of the basement and into a brave new world, a fuzzy masterpiece of experimental lo-fi recording. Full of rapid-fire wordplay with true and heartfelt experimentation, both ambitious and eclectic, it's not hard to see why this has been such an influential album. Part of the fabled Elephant 6 collective, Neutral Milk Hotel won over many a music critic with this cult classic. The band are recognized as one of the most influential alternative acts to come out of the mid-90s and sowed the seeds for everything from anti-folk to the likes of Arcade Fire, Caribou and even Franz Ferdinand.
TRACKS - 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. Gardenhead / Leave Me Alone 9. Three Peaches 10. Naomi 11. April 8th 12. Pree-Sisters Swallowing a Donkey's Eye // CD bonus tracks 13. Everything Is 14. Snow Song Pt. 1