Neutral Milk Hotel, 'In The Aeroplane Over The Sea'
When Jeff Mangum and his acoustic guitar turned up in the sights of a lo-fi webcam at Occupy Wall Street in October, it marked the most public return yet of the singer/songwriter whose 1998 LP with Neutral Milk Hotel had become a generational touchstone in the 10-plus years since he’d given up performing. That latter point was driven home a few weeks later at a benefit in Woodstock, New York, where Mangum played Aeroplane's surreally emotional songs for an audience that hollered along with nearly every word. Like Occupy, the LP – whose beautiful rawness still gives me the chills – represents truth begun as a subcultural murmur, and ending up as a collective shout.
– Will Hermes