Sound Effects: 1992-2000
is an odd little release that came out in England and Japan in 2001. It's not quite a greatest-hits compilation, as many of the band's best-known and most beloved songs aren't even on it, and many of the ones that are ("Tidal Wave" and "Lucky Charm," for example) are present in alternate mixes and acoustic versions. The album seems to be an introduction of the band to the international pop scene; interestingly, it's compiled and sequenced as if it's a proper Apples in Stereo
album. Though the songs are all in chronological order, the song choices are such that the album flows like a succinct album, with catchy pop songs sitting next to atmospheric experiments like "Strawberryfire." The group's secondary songwriters, bassist John McIntyre
and drummer Hilarie Sidney
, each get a track of their own as well. All of this gives Sound Effects: 1992-2000
a pleasing unity that in the long run probably works as well as any of the Apples in Stereo
's proper albums as an introduction to the band's immense charms.