Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Aeroplane Over The Sea (1998)
Label: Merge, Domino
Playing Jeff Mangum's sex-and-Anne-Frank obsessed marvel is the best way to attract cool kids (and a handful of posers) to whatever speakers the strangled voice and swooning horns are emerging from. Take turns picking apart the warped lyrics that circle around truths impossible to say directly. Or just ask out the prettiest lady who comes calling. Smart girls love Mangum.