• Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: Apr 20, 2010
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Dec 22, 2010
    84
    It's easily the most focused album of Schneider's career.
  2. Basically, the album plays out like hit song after hit song. Love or hate the new direction, the Apples have made a long, long career out of constantly changing and reliably creating songs and albums that overflow with hooks and happiness. This may be their hookiest, happiest album yet.
  3. The band sounds completely energized, and although a series of disco-influenced albums might not be advisable, for the moment this direction infuses the band with fresh momentum and should draw the attention of a new fan base.
  4. Alternative Press
    80
    Ebullient songs like "Dream About The Future" and "Told You Once" have the choruses to give ELO fans "Back to the Future" chills, but they should also make any pop lover an instant Apples adherent, too. [May 2010, p.102]
  5. Robert Schneider has always been an expert tunesmith, which makes the potentially disastrous transition from garage rock to super hi-fi feel like a natural extension of The Apples' ambition. Not only has the evolution been seamless, but an expanded mastery of studio technique has only served to buttress a fine collection of songs on Travellers.
  6. Mojo
    80
    1960s-obsessed power-poppers discover the '70s. Time travel indeed. [July 2010, p. 102]
  7. There's certainly no shortage of well-crafted, playful, memorable tunes here, and that-- matched with Schneider's willingness to try on a few new sounds for size-- adds up to the best Apples in Stereo record in more than a decade.
  8. 70
    The album also features songs written and sung by other Apples, and while they're perfectly pleasant indie pop, they only accentuate Schneider's mastery.
  9. Travellers appears top-heavy, with a mid-section whose only correlation to time travel is that its melodies could've felt predictable in the 1890s, with the limitations of straight 4/4 beginning to wear. But listeners are rewarded for not giving up after that stretch.
  10. Overall though, Travellers In Space And Time is a fascinating collection that won't be everyone's cup of tea, but should at least cement its creators cult status for the forseeable future and some.
  11. The songs don't exactly span the musical solar system, maintaining the same general tempo and flow throughout the fifty-minute ride, but despite its rather static, predictable quality, Travellers managers to take listeners on a journey out of this world, but just barely.
  12. The Apples In Stereo have always had a tendency toward excessive cuteness, but Travellers In Space And Time sounds like it should come packed in a cartoon-festooned plastic lunchbox. Good thing for Schneider that his actual music is frequently irresistible.
  13. It lacks the lyrical wisdom and emotional insight we might expect from a band that's been around so long, but you have to admire their fearlessness about tackling such an out-of-character genre and their ability to keep penning such joyous melodies.
  14. Under The Radar
    60
    Asides for some duds, Schneider mostly hits his mark. [Spring 2010, p.68]
  15. Q Magazine
    60
    Unashamedly and undeniably in the thrall to '70s pop, The Apples In Stereo have a merry tune in their hearts. [July 2010, p. 128]
  16. As much as Travellers drags in the middle after the novelty of hearing new Apples in Stereo has worn off, it does redeem itself near the end, more on the basis of Schneider hitting on some of the best melodies of his recent career than on any variance in sound.
  17. There is absolutely nobody in the world but hardcore Apples in Stereo fans that need to hear Travellers in Space and Time, it's a record as slight as they come.
  18. The first half of this album is so annoying that you might give up before you hit a few of the better songs, all tucked away after the halfway point.
  19. An insufferable post-twee jaunt which represents the messy sound of a band fooling around with a studio full of toys.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Feb 29, 2012
    8
    Bias disclosure: I've been a big Apples fan since 2004. Regardless, I think this is one of their stronger efforts, and anBias disclosure: I've been a big Apples fan since 2004. Regardless, I think this is one of their stronger efforts, and an uncharacteristic-sounding one at that. The album is essentially a love letter to ELO, another band I like. Catchy as always. Full Review »
  2. j30
    Jan 30, 2012
    4
    Most of the tracks on the record are forgettable pop tunes that make The Apples In Stereo look like travelers stuck in their own space andMost of the tracks on the record are forgettable pop tunes that make The Apples In Stereo look like travelers stuck in their own space and time, their own musical purgatory. Full Review »