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Studio-obsessed indie rockers The Apples in stereo are celebrating the start of a new decade with the release of their seventh studio album, Travellers in Space and Time, their most hi-fi and hook-laden production to date. Described by frontman Robert Schneider as "retro-futuristic super-pop," the album is the official follow-up to 2007's New Magnetic Wonder, and the band's ... Read more in Amazon's The Apples In Stereo Store

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  • Audio CD (February 6, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Simian Records
  • ASIN: B000JRYO9C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Apples in stereo mark their first release in five years, as well as their fifth official full length album, with New Magnetic Wonder. The first release on Yep Roc Records' joint venture with Elijah Woods' newly formed record label, Simian Records, New Magnetic Wonder was produced by Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Sebadoh, Sean Lennon) and is surely the most elaborate Apples production to date. Clocking in at 53 minutes, the album contains 14 songs, 12 additional "link tracks," and an Apples first -- the newly invented "Non-Pythagorian Music Scale" included in both digital sound files and an in-depth video description on the enhanced portion of this multimedia CD. New Magnetic Wonder includes such fist pumping anthems as "Can You Feel It," the 70's AM radio-esque "Same Old Drag," and the Mellotron majesty of "Energy." It's The Apples in stereo doing what they do best -- it's a New Magnetic Wonder.

After a five-year absence, Apples in Stereo have returned with a sprawling and lush masterpiece. Their founding principle of the DIY approach to recording has remained in place, but the nearly 15 years of technological progress has made such ways of working yield significantly more robust sounds. Robert Schneider's songs have always harked back to the pop artistry of Brian Wilson and Jeff Lynne, as well as such near contemporaries as Pavement. New Magnetic Wonder offers a more lush sweep of sound. It's varied, dazzling, and full of surprises. There's the keyboard-based pop of "Same Old Drag," the hypnotic muscle of "Sunndal Song" (sung by drummer Hilarie Sidney, who's recently departed to work with her own band), and the sprawling, four-part "Beautiful Machine." Depending on who's listening and what song they're hearing, there are many different ways to describe this band. Ultimately, they gently demand that you take them on their own terms, rewarding handsomely all those who make the glorious plunge. --David Greenberger

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Overindulgent and I just didn't get it.
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This is one of the best albums I've purchased in some time.
Every song on it is at least great, and some are supernal.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Cale E. Reneau on February 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
There came a time that the true meaning of pop music was lost in popular culture. Somewhere along the line Britney Spears, *Nsync, and dozens of other now-forgotten "artists" came to exemplify pop as a here-today, gone-tomorrow music made to satisfy the wallets of record label executives more than the public. And while the pop explosion of the late 90s came and went, The Apples in Stereo were subtly staying true to what pop music was all about. Over a decade after the band released their debut album, The Apples in Stereo are back with their first new album in about 5 years, "New Magnetic Wonder." For fans of The Apples, it's been quite a long time coming.

The album starts out about as strong as The Apples have ever sounded, with a vocoderized "Turn up the stereo-o" leading into a full-fledged guitar driven pop-rock sing along called "Can You Feel It?" Here, Robert Scheider's unique voice calls out "Oh, Turn up the stereo! Oh, drown out the static on the FM radio!" It's an amazing way to start out the album, and a fantastic toe-tapper at that! The opener runs head-on into "Skyway," yet another great guitar and vocal-driven pop song, complete with an all-too-catchy "Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo" complementing the chorus.

Taking a page right out of former Elephant 6 pioneers, The Olivia Tremor Control's, playbook, "New Magnetic Wonder" almost has as many short sub-minute tracks as it does full-fledged pop songs (10 to be exact). While these tracks can be somewhat distracting to the overall feel of the album, they also serve as quick-breathers on what would otherwise be a non-stop upbeat pop album. On that note, both "Mellotron Pt. 1" and "Mellotron Pt.2" are kind of funny to listen to, if only to hear The Apples in Stereo try their best at lo-fi 40s lounge music.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Apples in Stereo have been charming listeners for years with their psychedelic rock music. They're the most accessible of all the Elephant 6 bands, and one of the more talented ones.

But with "New Magnetic Wonder," this lovable band creates their best album yet -- tight pop melodies that play on their strengths, colourful music, and a sound that's just a little bit warped. It sprawls over two discs, yet never feels like they're overstuffing it.

It opens with a chiming little melody... and a muffled voice speaking through a vocorder, like a pop Darth Vader. Then the nimble guitar and drums kick in, blossoming into a fun, energetic pop tune. "Turn up your STER-E-O!"

That energy carries over into the songs that follow -- solid rockers ("you follow the skyway... you follow the streets and the cars/and the shadows and the stars!"), shimmering psychpop, bouncy rock'n'roll songs, sunny guitar pop, and lo-fi ramblers.

Then the Apples segue back into an even more polished second volume -- the shimmering "7 Stars," stompy rockers, blippy little music boxes, and effervescent pop melodies. It peaks with the four-part "Beautiful Machine," which soars up to the heavens like the sound of a thunderstorm being blown away.

This album is a bit different from other Apples in Stereo albums, with a more streamlined sound. Rob Schneider and Co. pepper the actual songs with little blippy, quirky interludes, reminiscent of artier projects. And they dabble in a more epic, expansive feeling than they had before, but fortunately that doesn't require the sacrifice of the retro-sixties vibe.

Most of the songs center on fast-driving guitar and drums, which make some wonderfully catchy melodies.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Guy SMiLEE on February 6, 2007
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Taking five+ years between albums oftentimes spells trouble. Also, intra-band turmoil often produces lackluster music. The Apples In Stereo avoid both pitfalls and have made their best album ever. There's nothing else to say. If you like the Apples In Stereo already, you will adore this album. If you don't like the Apples In Stereo or Elephant Six-type bands, you won't much care for this. Easily a 5-star album for people who like this sort of music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian G. Smooke on March 14, 2007
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This album is a pop masterpiece. If you like ELO, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Oasis, all of them or one of them, then you owe yourself this succulent treat. The number of outstanding songs would make this album a greatest hits collection for other bands. The fabulous first single, "Energy", opens with an acoustic strumming "ala" the Beatles of Rubber Soul and then bounces into a full-band pop smiling gem, replete with gorgeous, shimmering choruses and wah-wah backing vocals. My favorite song, "Same Old Drag," opens with introductory piano chords - and then quickly - a little drum, a little bumping bass a little boogaloo rhythm guitar induce a pop song blessed with heavenly backing "bah, bah, bahs", a delicious mellotron solo, and transportive harmonies that pervade this album. There are too many great songs to describe, though I am particularly fond of the White Album like crunch of "Open Eyes", sung with the swagger of Liam Gallagher of Oasis, and the unbearable perfectness of power pop symphony "Seven Stars", whose self-absorbed object of desire we would love to meet because she seems like a beauty nonetheless (and the protagonist seems pretty damn interesting since he knows every constellation). I would also be remiss not to point out the two great tracks sung by Hilarie Sidney, who is no longer with the Apples. This album is so catchy it clearly would have ruled the airwaves in the 1960's pop-friendly radio. Despite the many influences the Apples are clearly giving props to, this record is entirely their own. It is that first terrific cherry of a Summer that has come early. I love this record. If you have not been turned on to New Magnetic Wonder by an Indy-smart friend, its your turn to be the cool one.
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