With its multi-layered low-fi sensibility, Neutral Milk Hotel's 1994 album rolls from meek melancholy melodies to joyous triumphant swells, creating an enigmatic indie classic whose fans hold it close to their hearts. Music writer Kim Cooper, herself a fan, puts some context to the mystery, describing the collaborative environment from which the album emerged and the reasons for bandleader Jeff Magnum's sudden decision to take a hiatus from music following the albums successes. Donna Coney Island's emphatic performance of the audiobook engages the listener, painting a living picture of the friends and musicians who created the album while treating it seriously, as a significant moment in time. Fans of the album and the newly initiated will delight in this loving aural portrait.
Kim Cooper is the editrix of Scram - a journal of unpopular culture. She is also the co-editor of the acclaimed books Lost in the Grooves and Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth. She lives in Los Angeles.
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©2005 Kim Cooper; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
"Exhaustively researched and warmly narrated, Kim Cooper's Cinderella story of the 1997 Neutral Milk Hotel album that has sold upward of 150,000 copies primarily through word of mouth and caused its primary creator to withdraw from the public-eye functions as an indie-rock doctrine. Tracing the evolution of the band's main participants back to their childhoods and following their paths through the culmination of their final tour, she debunks myths and humanizes developments along the way" (The Chicago Tribune)
How exactly does a 4-star book become a 2-star audiobook?
Kim Cooper's fascinating and insightful look into Neutral Milk Hotel's magnum opus, "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea," paints a thrilling portrait of the creation of one of indie rock's crowning masterpieces. Unfortunately, Donna Coney Island's soulless narration drones on with the delivery of a grab-bag pick from the pool of corporate "on-hold" recording talent. I halfway expected an AT&T customer service rep to interrupt, and rescue me from the tedium of her "always smiling" presentation.
Great stuff. Their story is so interesting. Author/Narrator calls Keith RIchards Keith Richard, and Arcade Fire The Arcade Fire. Ohhhh wellllll. Fun listen!
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