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The Apples In Stereo Audio CD
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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 (30 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00005MJDZ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Motorcar
2. Touch The Water
3. Time For Bed / I Know You'll Do Well
4. Tidal Wave (radio mix)
5. Lucky Charm (radio mix)
6. Winter Must Be Cold
7. Seems So
8. Tin Pan Alley
9. Ruby
10. Strawberryfire
11. Cases Suggestive Of…
12. The Bird That You Can't See
13. Not The Same (acoustic)
14. She's Just Like Me (acoustic)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential purchase 2 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is a prefect introduction to a genius pop band. They distill many of the best elements of some great bands (Beatles, Velvet Underground, Beach Boys) to create their own sound, but most importantly they write some great melodies that stick in your head after about the second time you hear them.
The first four tracks show the Apples in their early stages with lo-fi production. The songs are still strong and sound utterly charming. They certainly wouldn't be out of place on the Nuggets compilation.
Tracks 5 and 6 are the highlights. The production values have gone up sharply and now rival Pet Sounds. Lucky Charm is incredibly upbeat and catchy and should have been number one everywhere. The chorous goes something like "Joy, a jingle jangle on her arm" and I find it impossible not to sing along. Then the song breaks down into a very delicate Beach Boys track before restarting the verse again with even more energy. As you are trying to get your breathe, the next track, Winter is Cold comes on and hynotises you with its amazing bassline and repetitive drumming. On top of this is a fantastic wandering guitar and gorgoreous harmonies. Its the sort of track that has such a perfect formula that you want it to last for as long as possible.
Tracks 7-10 may be a bit too close to their sixties idols for some people's liking, but are still well written songs with strong melodies. Tracks 7 and 8 perfectly capture the jangle of the Byrds. Tracks 9 and 10 sound very similar to Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever. They are OK but can be annoying if you hear them too often.
Tracks 11 and 12 are an attempt to put something new into the sound and are both good fun. "The Bird You Can See" is almost funky and has great lyrics like "turn off your mind, your using up your brain".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool introduction to one of the better indie pop bands 23 May 2004
By Perry M. Koons - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Apples in Stereo, once known simply as the Apples, have compiled quite an interesting catalog for fans of this particular style of indie pop. Drawing heavily on the Beatles, Beach Boys, and Kinks for inspiration, the Apples are the flagship band of the Elephant 6 recording consortium, with resident genius Robert Schneider appearing on albums by friends and labelmates Olivia Tremor Control and Neutral Milk Hotel, among others. Schneider's songs are occasionally a bit twee, and the production on older tunes leave a bit to be desired, but fans of the aforementioned bands as well as power pop titans like Shoes will find these Apples quite enjoyable. One complaint, I found this CD in a local store for like $10 new - keep an eye out for cheap used copies online here.
Best Tracks:
"Tidal Wave" - Beatles meet Sonic Youth in a noisy, yet hooky pop song. Indie pop defined in 3 minutes of fuzzy melodies.
"Seems So" - Another gorgeous pop song with a fantastic chorus, great snide lyrics, and a shimmering outro. A definate keeper.
"Tin Pan Alley" - A simple and unassuming gem about wanting to be a Tin Pan Alley songwriter. A nice catcy tune.
"Ruby" - Kinks inspired, but doesn't forget the Beatles. Rollicking and almost pub-like in its singalong style.
"Strawberryfire" - A deviation from the past few tunes of simple sunny pop, this is a descent into psychedelic territory that keeps you enticed. Great change of pace and one of the best here by far.
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