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Travellers In Space And Time

Travellers In Space And Time

April 20, 2010

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 20, 2010
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • Copyright: 2010 The Apples in stereo, exclusively licensed to Yep Roc Records
  • Total Length: 51:33
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  • ASIN: B003ANGXV4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,765 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Very well produced, great songs.
Joel A Hovis
The songs themselves all seem to reflect the title of the album in their scope, feel and sound.
Gene Twilley
All the tunes make you want to dance.
Nitewing '98

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rudolph Klapper on April 20, 2010
Format: Audio CD
It might surprise some that Robert Schneider's Apples in Stereo project is the only remaining survivor of that first wave of Elephant 6 collective bands, which reads like a who's-who of groundbreaking indie pop - the Apples, Neutral Milk Hotel, and the Olivia Tremor Control. All the critical acclaim and classic status has long been lavished on the latter two, but Schneider is the only one of them still trucking along in his original guise, creating increasingly complicated space-age power-pop while Jeff Mangum languished in self-imposed obscurity and the Olivia Tremor Control struggled to recapture their past magic. Detractors would say it's because Schneider has long been the most single-minded of those original auteurs, mastering the Elephant 6 aesthetic of experimental pop and refining it to a sugary sharp edge but not going much further. But 2007's New Magnetic Wonder proved that a sound that had long gone stale on their previous releases could be retooled and reignited in a new direction, taking their predominantly guitar-fueled pop and mixing in plenty of vocoder and ELO-influenced futurism. Travellers in Space and Time continues on that same tick, but falls prey to the same problem that undermined Schneider's early 2000s releases: the feeling that we've all been here before.

Despite its length, New Magnetic Wonder was a surprisingly focused effort, bloating its way to twenty-plus tracks due to numerous minute-or-shorter interludes that enhanced the album's dreamy vibe. Travellers in Space and Time, for all its similar length, packs far more filler than its predecessor, a fact not aided by the eerie similarity between newer and older songs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cale E. Reneau on April 20, 2010
Format: Audio CD
There are few bands in the indie world that garner as much name recognition and instant-respect as The Apples in Stereo. The band has been bringing their unique brand of pop music to fans for nearly two decades at this point; changing their sound throughout the process and therefore ensuring that they've created something for everybody. On Travellers in Space and Time, their seventh full-length album, the band offers up one of their most solid collection in years - and they do so by taking some fairly bold steps.

The most notable influence on Travellers has to be 70s-era disco music, which shows up on songs like "Hey Elevator," "No One in the World" or "Dance Floor." The former is a dance-along, sing-along pop masterpiece in and of itself, and the album's greatest asset. Of course, The Apples are no strangers to singable pop songs, but it's rare that one has been this instantly-enjoyable and able to hold its own after several repeat listens. "Dance Floor," doesn't have as strong of a melody, but it too pulls off the band's new dance sound flawlessly. It's the safe bet for the first single, for sure, but it's certainly worthy of such a title.

One of the band's best attributes is that they have always been able to mix pop and rock in such a manner that it hearkens back to some of the best music of the past. Whether its 60s rock or disco, The Apples are masters at blending those sounds with more modern twists; like a vocoder or synthesizer. "Dignified Dignitary" is a great example of this, with its heavy guitars and drums, but equally powerful melody. The band has drawn Beatles comparisons in the past, but their effect on Robert Schneider's songwriting has rarely been so clear as it is here, or on "It's All Right."

And like The Beatles, the hooks just keep on coming.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vinny Mac on June 25, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I wasn't sure Robert would be able to top New Magnetic Wonder, IMO their best album they've made. But somehow he's done it again and made another incredible album. Once again front-to-back every song is that awesome catchy indie pop from the Apples we all know and love. I love the more pronounced disco-leanings on a lot of the songs, as well as continuing the ELO obsession from the last album. Plus adding another incredible songwriter (Bill Doss) just made an already great band even better. Tone Soul Evolution & Fun Trick Noisemaker are still my favorite albums of theirs, but now this one and New Magnetic Wonder are tied for 2nd.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FromABuick6 on November 25, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Normally I don't rate albums less than deserved but this one is an exception. Take a listen to this album from start to finish. Now take a listen to the "Electric Light Orchestra Complete Albums Collection", particularly the albums from 1975-1986. This is basically a new version of the 1981 ELO album "Time" with a few other songs sprinkled from the ELO catalogue. They didn't even hide the fact that they've swiped sounds from them. "Dignified Dignitary" is just a disguised version of "Do Ya", from the cowbell down to the guitar riff. --- "No Vacation" sounds like "Mr. Blue Sky". --- "Nobody But You" sounds like "Evil Woman". "Dance Floor" is probably the most original song on this entire album. Not a bad album by a long shot but, if you plan on drawing inspiration from a classic band, at least make it sound original. They don't even cite Jeff Lynne or ELO anywhere in the album credits.
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