Travellers In Space And Time - The Apples In Stereo
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  • Summary: The indie rock band led by Elephant 6 label co-founder Robert Schneider releases its seventh studio album.
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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Unashamedly and undeniably in the thrall to '70s pop, The Apples In Stereo have a merry tune in their hearts. [July 2010, p. 128]
  7. An insufferable post-twee jaunt which represents the messy sound of a band fooling around with a studio full of toys.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  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. Collapse
  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. Expand