Andy Greenwald
February 09, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Led by the bald, Beach Boys-obsessed Kentucky resident Robert Schneider, the Apples in Stereo have been transmitting their fuzzed-out, hook-heavy psychedelia for over a decade. We have a hobbit to thank for this, their first album in five years and their best in twice that long. New Magnetic Wonder is the debut release from bright-eyed actor Elijah Wood’s Simian Records — and each of its 24 tracks snaps and crackles with Schneider’s sugary, peerless pop. All hail the return of the king.

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