|Preconceived Notions: The first time I ever heard of this band was a couple of weeks ago. Since then, I’ve run into their name a couple of times on websites, but I’ve never sought them out more. I remember being surprised to find out that they had released this in the 90s, and I’d never heard of it. But beyond that, nothing really. Neutral Milk Hotel does sound a lot like guys who consider themselves to be “real artists” which almost never bodes well. I’ll admit, I’m hesitant.
After Listening: It’s pretty much as full of itself as I thought it might be. Not all of the songs are terrible, but some of the lyrics are bananas. I’ll admit to getting into bothHolland, 1945 and Ghost, head bobbing and foot-tapping included. The best thing I can say about this album is that it definitely does not sound as dated as it could. Without the knowledge of when it was released, I don’t think I would have guessed 1996, it doesn’t sound distinctly genre-esque. On the downside, I don’t dig the guy’s voice, at all. It’s not often that something like this bothers me, but it sounds a lot like there’s some yodeling potential in that top of his range, straining vocal chords sound that he makes. I’m not even certain if he’s on-key some of the time. Maybe that’s his schtick. Oddly enough, the songs I liked, I liked quite a bit. The songs I didn’t I never want to hear again.
Favorite Songs: Holland, 1945 and Ghost
Least Favorite: Oh Comely-Fetuses, Ovaries AND semen in the lyrics, meh, I’m not in the mood. I mean is there even a reason for this song or is he just pulling random words and phrases out of books?
Overall: 3.1…I wish there had been more of the stuff I liked on it. And the imagery in some of it was ridiculous.