Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Acquired: Christmas Gift, New, 2005
This is my favorite record of all time and I've written or said everything I can really say about this album and why it is my favorite. This is my evangelism. I play this for someone and they fall in love with it. That's all I can do, really, because words just don't work anymore. It is the only record that can make me weep. It's what I put on when I feel like life is miserable. It's a go-to anytime record and once I start it I have to listen all the way through to “Two Headed Boy Pt 2.” I do not know who Jeff Mangum is, or what planet he comes from (Earth, I suppose, but how can someone write something so magnificent and beautiful), but I think in 50 years this is going to be viewed with the same reverence as Blonde on Blonde or Revolver or any of the landmark records of the 20th century.