12 Songs, 47 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
141 Ratings

141 Ratings

Johnink ,

One of the greatest

Not for everyone, but definately for me. Definately one of those bands where you either hate them or love them. You'll either think Jeff Mangum is a genius or insane, like his voice or think he's dying, find it inspiring or depressing. If you are thinking of purchasing, I would definately buy a song, leave it in your library for a while, then, if you like, try some others.

Robert Berardi ,

Pure Genius

I seem to be in the minority, but I prefer this album to "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea."

Yes, "On Avery Island" is rough around the edges. But who cares?... the lucid images, fuzzy sounds, and haunting melodies Mangum created in a sleep-deprived state seem almost divinely inspired. The most amazing example is probably "Gardenhead/ Leave Me Alone," with its "city of frost-covered angels" culled straight from the subconscious of a genius.


On Avery Island

"On Avery Island" is the precursor to "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (sic)", which has reached cult status for this highly influential 90's indie-folk-rock-outfit, who were at the core of the Elepahant 6 collective based in Athens, GA. On Avery Island should be viewed as a developmental showcase for a band that were about to create something magnificent. It still features Jeff Mangum's hauntingly spiritual voice and eccentric lyrical genius but where Aeroplane features beautifuly arranged multi-instrumentality Avery is more about distant guitar wash and a home grown garage-y feel.

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