This is a rather ridiculous record that asks us to indulge this band’s impulses immediately. This is a debut album and yet it’s a double LP length and it’s full of 10 tracks with the same name and numerous experiment that could have been cut.
When these guys want to write songs, they’re pretty good at it. But there’s just so much damn material here and lots of it isn’t up to the standards of the opening tracks.
And this thing is just so damn worshipful of both 60s psychedelia and early 70s McCartney. If you like that stuff, well that’s great. If you don’t, this record is a bit of a slog.
If I have to choose between Neutral Milk Hotel and The Olivia Tremor Control I am going to choose the former every single time.