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Velocity of Sound is an album by The Apples in Stereo. It was the group's fifth album, released in October 2002. The American release has an orange album cover, while the European version is green and the Japanese version is blue. The bonus track is also different for each version.

Velocity of Sound
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 8, 2002
RecordedJanuary 2-June 6, 2002 @ Pet Sounds Recording Studio, Denver, Colorado
GenreIndie pop, indie rock
LabelSpinART Records (spart 100),
Elephant 6
ProducerRobert Schneider
The Apples in Stereo chronology
Sound Effects
Velocity of Sound
New Magnetic Wonder
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic64/100 link
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars link
Blender4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media6.4/10 link
PopMattersfavorable link
Robert ChristgauA−[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars link

The album is somewhat louder and more aggressive than the band's four previous studio albums with more emphasis on electric instruments (such as the distorted sounds of an electric guitar) than acoustic.


Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Robert Schneider except where noted.

  1. "Please" – 2:29
  2. "Rainfall" (lyrics by Robert Schneider, music by Hilarie Sidney) – 2:44
  3. "That's Something I Do" – 2:28
  4. "Do You Understand?" – 3:22
  5. "Where We Meet" – 2:52
  6. "Yore Days" (Eric Allen) – 2:03
  7. "Better Days" – 2:29
  8. "I Want" (Hilarie Sidney) – 2:03
  9. "Mystery" – 3:10
  10. "Baroque" – 3:21

Bonus tracksEdit

American release

  1. "She's Telling Lies (Bryce's Mix)" – 1:51

European release

  1. "She's Telling Lies (Robert's Mix)" – 1:42

Japanese release

  1. "Other" – 2:19


The Apples in StereoEdit

  • Eric Allen - bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on track 6
  • John Hill - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Robert Schneider - lead and backing vocals, lead guitar, synthesizer, percussion
  • Hilarie Sidney - drums, percussion, backing vocals, lead vocals on tracks 2 and 8

Additional playersEdit

  • Chris McDuffie - organ, backing vocals
  • Dan Efram - percussion, repercussion
  • Bryce Goggin - percussion


Velocity of Sound was produced by Robert Schneider and engineered by The Apples in Stereo with Jim McIntyre. The album was recorded between January 2 - June 6, 2002 at Pet Sounds Recording Studio in Denver, Colorado on 8-track and 16-track tape machines as well as an electronic computer. Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 10 and 11 were mixed by Bryce Goggin at Trout Studio, Brooklyn, New York. Tracks 5, 6, 7 and 9 were mixed by Robert Schneider at Pet Sounds Recording Studio. The album was mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge, New York, New York. Package concept and design is by Dan Efram.


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Apples in Stereo". Robert Christgau.