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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
New Magnetic Wonder, the Apples in Stereo's return after a five-year hiatus, is one of their best records in a career made up of consistently fine recordings. Anyone expecting a return to the experimental, lo-fi wizardry of their early albums may feel let down by New Magnetic Wonder, but on the other hand, anyone fearing a return to the bland stripped-down and noisy sound of Velocity of Sound need not worry. What they have delivered instead is a crisply recorded set of bouncing rockers, sweetly strummed ballads, and vaguely trippy mid-tempo tracks that are full of hooks, melodies, and goofy fun. Over a base of solidly rocking bass, guitar, and drums as well as Robert ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
New Magnetic Wonder, the Apples in Stereo's return after a five-year hiatus, is one of their best records in a career made up of consistently fine recordings. Anyone expecting a return to the experimental, lo-fi wizardry of their early albums may feel let down by New Magnetic Wonder, but on the other hand, anyone fearing a return to the bland stripped-down and noisy sound of Velocity of Sound need not worry. What they have delivered instead is a crisply recorded set of bouncing rockers, sweetly strummed ballads, and vaguely trippy mid-tempo tracks that are full of hooks, melodies, and goofy fun. Over a base of solidly rocking bass, guitar, and drums as well as Robert Schneider's reliably chirpy vocals, the band and their cohorts the credits read like an E6 who's who, including Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel, Bill Doss and W. Cullen Hart of the Olivia Tremor Control, and John Fernandes, who has played clarinet with just about all the E6 bands create a rich soundscape of Mellotron, backing vocals, percussion, and vintage keyboards that envelops the record in a warm and lush haze at times and fills it with sunshine at others. Even more than previous Apples releases, it's a record that won't win any points for being profound or meaningful. Tracks like "Can You Feel It?" or "Energy" are breezy to the point of invisible, but if they don't get you singing along like a fool right away, you've probably come to the wrong party and should go find a Bright Eyes record instead. The more sedate tunes that dominate the second half of the record, like the yearning and psychedelic "Open Eyes" or the melancholy "Radiation," give the album some balance and in the Mellotron-soaked epic "Beautiful Machine, Pts. 3-4," one of the record's finest moments, but it's the charming fluff like "Same Old Drag" and "Play Tough" that wins the day in the end. The Apples' successful return to the indie scene should be hailed with a hearty embrace and a tear for the departure of drummer Hilarie Sidney, whose two contributions to the record, "Sundial Song" and "Sunday Sounds," are quite nice for anyone who likes their pop silly but intelligently played and arranged. Welcome back, Apples!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2007
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457213227
  • Catalog Number: 2132
  • Sales rank: 111,777

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Can You Feel It? (4:10)
  2. 2 Skyway (2:40)
  3. 3 Mellotron, Pt. 1 (0:33)
  4. 4 Energy (3:30)
  5. 5 Same Old Drag (3:21)
  6. 6 Joanie Don't U Worry (0:46)
  7. 7 Sunndal Song (3:31)
  8. 8 Droplet (0:13)
  9. 9 Play Tough (3:27)
  10. 10 Sun Is Out (2:29)
  11. 11 Non-Pythagorean Composition, Pt. 1 (0:30)
  12. 12 Hello Lola (0:15)
  13. 13 7 Stars (3:46)
  14. 14 Mellotron, Pt. 2 (0:41)
  15. 15 Sunday Sounds (2:59)
  16. 16 Open Eyes (5:12)
  17. 17 Crimson (0:17)
  18. 18 Pre-Crimson (1:24)
  19. 19 Vocoder Ba Ba (0:14)
  20. 20 Radiation (3:14)
  21. 21 Beautiful Machine, Pts. 1-2 (2:36)
  22. 22 Beautiful Machine, Pts. 3-4 (4:58)
  23. 23 My Pretend (0:42)
  24. 24 Non-Pythagorean Composition, Pt. 3 (3:21)
  25. 25 Bonus Materials
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Apples in Stereo Primary Artist
Eric Allen Guitar, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Group Member
Craig Morris Guitar, Mellotron, Fuzz Bass
Jeff Mangum Drums, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Robert Schneider Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Mellotron, Vocoder, Group Member
Otto Helmuth Mandolin, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Will Cullen Hart Drums, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Hilarie Sidney Percussion, Drums, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Group Member
Bill Doss Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Tony Miller Background Vocals
John Fernandes Violin, Bass Clarinet
John Hill Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Group Member
John R. Ferguson Background Vocals
Per Ole Bratset Guitar
Adam Sachs Tambourine, cowbell
Matthew Goodman Background Vocals
Pete Fitzpatrick Euphonium
Technical Credits
Eric Allen Echoplex
Bryce Goggin Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Electronic Effects
Fred Kevorkian Mastering
Craig Morris Engineer
Robert Schneider Producer, Electronic Effects
Otto Helmuth Engineer
Dan Efram Executive Producer
Will Cullen Hart Electronic Effects
Bill Doss Engineer, Vocal Arrangements
Mary Gunn Graphic Design
Per Ole Bratset Sound Effects
Adam Sachs Engineer
Andrew McLaughlin Collage
Pete Fitzpatrick Engineer
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