Travellers in Space and Time

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
In the three years since the release of New Magnetic Wonder, something strange happened to the Apples in Stereo's Robert Schneider as he was writing songs and plotting for the group's seventh album, Travellers in Space and Time. Maybe he accidentally caught Xanadu late at night on cable, maybe someone slipped an ELO song onto a mixtape, or maybe he caught a disco oldie while flipping across the radio dial, but no matter where it came from, suddenly the Apples' main goal in life is re-creating the sound, feel, and magic of ELO and Olivia Newton-John's "Xanadu." Schneider and the group (which includes Elephant 6 mainstay Bill Doss and a bunch of guys who can do just about ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
In the three years since the release of New Magnetic Wonder, something strange happened to the Apples in Stereo's Robert Schneider as he was writing songs and plotting for the group's seventh album, Travellers in Space and Time. Maybe he accidentally caught Xanadu late at night on cable, maybe someone slipped an ELO song onto a mixtape, or maybe he caught a disco oldie while flipping across the radio dial, but no matter where it came from, suddenly the Apples' main goal in life is re-creating the sound, feel, and magic of ELO and Olivia Newton-John's "Xanadu." Schneider and the group (which includes Elephant 6 mainstay Bill Doss and a bunch of guys who can do just about anything, including contribute some fine songs to the track list) layer vocoders, disco strings, wacky synths, and pulsing dancefloor beats into their trademark bubblegum indie and come up with an album that will surprise a lot of people. It's still recognizably an AIS record, there's no mistaking Schneider's wispy vocals, and there are quite a few songs that chug merrily along like vintage Apples. The preponderance of hooks, too, is trademarked. Still, the new trappings make Travellers sound like the work of a band with a renewed energy, and the joy they put into making it comes out of the speakers like a wave of love and happiness. The only problem people might have with this sea change is if they don't like ELO. If that's the case, it's true that you'll probably dislike Travellers at first, but if you stick with it, you'll see that beneath all the glitter and goop, there are some really great songs. For example, you'd be hard-pressed to find a sweeter love song than "No One in the World," a catchier pop song than "Told You Once," or a better arranged song than "It's All Right." There are songs to dance to ("Dance Floor," "Nobody But You"), songs perfect for headphone reveries ("Floating in Space"), and even a rocked-out track ("Dignified Dignitary") that sounds like an outtake from New Magnetic Wonder. 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. You don't have to be an ELO fanatic to agree with that.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2010
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457221222
  • Catalog Number: 2212
  • Sales rank: 140,443

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Code (0:22)
  2. 2 Dream About the Future (4:15)
  3. 3 Hey Elevator (3:46)
  4. 4 Strange Solar System (0:59)
  5. 5 Dance Floor (4:02)
  6. 6 C.P.U. (3:39)
  7. 7 No One In the World (4:16)
  8. 8 Dignified Dignitary (3:22)
  9. 9 No Vacation (3:56)
  10. 10 Told You Once (3:58)
  11. 11 It's All Right (3:38)
  12. 12 Next Year at About the Same Time (3:08)
  13. 13 Floating In Space (2:34)
  14. 14 Nobody But You (4:20)
  15. 15 Wings Away (2:47)
  16. 16 Time Pilot (2:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Apples in Stereo Primary Artist
Eric Allen Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Group Member
John Ferguson Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Mellotron, Vocoder, Group Member
Dave Ferris Tabla
Craig Morris Acoustic Guitar, Drums
Robert Schneider Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Mellotron, Vocoder, Group Member
Otto Helmuth Background Vocals
Merisa Bissinger Flute, Piccolo
Rob Christiansen Trombone
Bill Doss Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Melodica, Hand Clapping, Mellotron, cowbell, Group Member
Heather McIntosh Cello
John Dufilho Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, electronic percussion, Group Member
Dan Sjogren Baritone Saxophone
Dave Schneider Acoustic Guitar
Roger Gerguson Background Vocals
Rick Benjamin Trombone
Christin Helmuth Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Eric Allen Engineer
John Ferguson Engineer
Bryce Goggin Producer, Engineer, Electronic Effects
Fred Kevorkian Mastering
Craig Morris Producer
Roger Ferguson Engineer
Robert Schneider Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Dan Efram Executive Producer, Management
Bill Doss Engineer
John Dufilho Sound Effects, Producer, Engineer
Carolyn Suzuki Layout
Adam Sachs Engineer
Kevin Brown Engineer
Rebecca Turbow Illustrations
Paul Stec Layout
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