New Magnetic Wonder - The Apples In Stereo
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  • Summary: The sixth album for the Robert Schneider-led indie-pop band is packed with 24 songs (although a dozen of them are brief instrumental segues).
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Each of its 24 tracks snaps and crackles with Schneider's sugary, peerless pop. [16 Feb 2007, p.76]
  2. 82
    Apples' Robert Schneider has continued to hack away at the ins-and-outs of the most perfect psychedelic pop formations ever, and New Magnetic Wonder offers proof.
  3. This album heralds a return to form for the Apples in Stereo, and its densely layered sound utilizes so many tracks of instrumentation that it would have made the young [Brian] Wilson weep with envy.
  4. New Magnetic Wonder’s high points are in its more quirky and musically ambitious moments.
  5. Those disappointed with Velocity’s, raw, live sound, will see this album as a return to form. Those that dug its easily digestible garage rock will, in turn, view New Magnetic Wonder as a step forward.
  6. 70
    New Magnetic Wonder cloaks itself in a glow of irrelevancy. But beneath, Schneider's gooey power-pop thrives. [Jan/Feb 2007, p.76]
  7. On this album, Schneider seems a bit torn between his task as a hook-writing pop musician and a seeming urge to rock a bit harder, with the added burden of being unable to put his toys down when he should.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Ant
    Feb 5, 2007
    10
    An addictingly addicting album that reminds me of the Beatles, Belle & Sebastian, and New Pornographers. Best songs are Energy, Sundal Song, and 7 Stars, though every song is a pop wonder. Expand
  2. DaveJ
    Feb 22, 2007
    10
    amazing. There best work
  3. CaseyD
    Mar 28, 2007
    10
    So far the best album of the year. I think this is the album they wanted to make as a farefell to fans. Not that Velocity of Sound was a throwaway. It felt more like an EP and this is their shining moment. Expand
  4. NicholasC
    Feb 9, 2007
    9
    Return to form after the last, mediocre album. I've been spinning it all month. Buy the vinyl, cds are crap!
  5. Ichon
    Mar 11, 2007
    8
    Rolf C, the first problem I saw with your review is that saw a review of Entertainment Weekly, and wanted to try the cd out cause their review, Entertainment Weekly gives every cd good grades, so now I know why you gave thsi cd a 5. This cd is a jewel, this cd is no "Fun Trick Noisemaker" but it is very good and at the moment probably my second favorite Apples cd Expand
  6. Sach!
    Feb 7, 2007
    8
    The Apples sounded tired on their last few releases, but their extended hiatus, new bag of studio tricks and renwed focus definitely elevate this album to "must listen" status for anyone looking for a fun upbeat pop-rock record. At a time when major label bands are drenched in faux-irony and self-awareness it's great to hear from a musicians who just want to rock out with good vibes Expand
  7. mikes.
    Feb 6, 2007
    5
    I'm a fan on their earlier works but not this new release. Apples in stereo have refused to evolve and are now sounding boring and tired. It's just not refreshing to listen to these guys anymore. Overall an average release, i think their hardcore fans will like it, but this is just average for me. Expand

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