That article does justice for In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. I remember when I first listened to it that it didn't really click with me. It took me maybe 4 listens for it to finally be personal to me. The chaotic music, the deep lyrics, and especially the soul-touching voice really reached out to me. It related to me because there were so many interpretations that I found my own way to listen to it. It made me believe when I lost hope and guided me towards a way through it all.
I wanted to add that this article was very well done. The only way to demonstrate how important this album and band is is by showing how it touched the writer. I was engaged in it and wish I could find out more about Jeff's motives, but alas it's a tough mystery to unravel.
On the chance that Mangum might wander across this (in the article it was reported that he would frequently look online about himself), I'd just like to say that as much as I'd like another album to listen to, I don't think the production of it is worth it at the cost of Mangum's well-being. I have faith that Mangum will find some place where he'd belong and be immersed in a subject. I just hope he knows that the production of this album has changed countless people's lives. He should feel happy about helping people, not discouraged. Regardless, here's to the best of luck finding your way.
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