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The Apples in Stereo are the band you didn't realize you were underrating. It's hard to find anyone who out-and-out dislikes them (Robert Schneider's cred was certified for life for producing Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea) but their lightweight charms and hook-laden, deceptively simple music doesn't stimulate much deep thought, either. This, however, shouldn't be counted against them.
Schneider's unfettered maximalism and precision earns (warranted!) comparisons to the Beatles and ELO, but structurally the weight between their excellence (grand) and subject matter (fleeting) is derived from prime Buddy Holly and Marshall Crenshaw. Except those guys didn't have a psychedelic itch to scratch, which is the twist that keeps Schneider experimental and joyful. While most middlebrow popsters are expected to be getting somewhat rote by their seventh album, Schneider's finding his songs featured on American Idol, blowing off steam with children's records as Robert Bobbert, and patenting his own musical scale.
His band's been hitting their stride since 2000's The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone, and since he's virtually unable to improve his hook average after the near-perfect New Magnetic Wonder three years ago, Schneider's new songs instead take in rhythm, with a self-described… read more »