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Co-produced by Grammy-nominated mixmaster Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck), "Talkie Walkie" features ten new cinematic pop songs that are direct, intimate and romantic, the band's most rewarding collection to date. For the first time, the band handles all the vocal duties themselves to great effect, plus there are several trademark instrumentals such as "Alone In Kyoto" which also appeared in Sofia Coppola's recent hit movie "Lost In Translation". The Limited Edition CD comes with a bonus DVD (NTSC/Region 0) featuring an inventively shot 35 minute film of Air on tour intercut with behind the scenes footage. EMI. 2003.
Talkie Walkie comes five years after their landmark Moon Safari and Parisian mood-enhancers Air are back doing what they do best. Famously shy of ever repeating themselves, JB Dunckel and Nicolas Godin have filled in the years with the poorly received follow-up, 10,000hz Legend (even they think it strange), and an eerily effective soundtrack to Sofia Coppola's Virgin Suicides. Nice enough in their own niche way, but a far cry from what people actually wanted.
Happily, Talkie Walkie reunites us with the Air that we love: two hopelessly indulgent romantics with an ear in the past and an eye on the future. It's meltingly good stuff--a collection of cool, cosmic pop songs that dispense with notions of time and space, wallowing instead on a cloud of poignant psychedelia. With vocal duties this time taken by the boys themselves, and gorgeously fragile strings courtesy of Serge Gainsbourg collaborator, Michel Colombier, they get off to a good start. Perhaps the introduction of an outside producer, in this case Radiohead's Nigel Godrich, has forced such beautifully measured focus? Whatever, touchy-feely epics such as the heavenly "Cherry Blossom Girl" sit well next to electronic masterpieces such as "Ran," whose enveloping tracked vocals recall the 10cc classic "I'm Not in Love." --Paul Tierney
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 5.75 x 0.5 inches; 4.03 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Astralwerks
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : October 22, 2006
- Label : Astralwerks
- ASIN : B00013PHGS
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #449,625 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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OK, but then why are you reviewing Air? Well, it's an accident. Amazon gives me a list of things their computer thinks I might enjoy. I've never heard most of the acts and don't bother to listen to samples. Hence, Air and "Talkie Walkie." It's a good album put together by two French electronica artists and I think highly of it. Well done. Would I buy it again or buy another Air album? No. But, it's nice to have in my collection and whenever I might have guests who like electronic and prefer the softer and more mellow, out comes Air.
What can I say? Well, the songs are soft and melodic and quite well put together, of this there is no question. I enjoy listening to the CD, but only as background music that doesn't interfere with the other things I'm doing. It doesn't grab my attention and I don't want it to. If you like soft, mellow and, yes, airy, music then you may enjoy this album very much, especially if you enjoy the electronic style of putting songs together. It's an excellent album, just not to my tastes.
This time round, a fair bit of vocals are done by the duo which is rather pleasing. Gorgeous and luscious string arrangements accompany each song that successfully breaks the barrier between time and space, like the altered strings on Universal Traveler and the grand piano rift on Mike Millis.
Having scored Sophia Coppala's The Virgin Suicides, Air lends a contribution, Alone In Kyoto, to the hit movie Alone In Translation. One listen to the song is all you need to realize how perfectly the song blends with the storyline of the movie - a certain loneliness and yearning against the backdrop of the bustling Tokyo nightlife. Bonus DVD features a 35-min live concert footage which is really a teaser for fans.
Overall, here's the Air we all began to love. A great return to poise!
I struggled with 10,000Hz Legend. I don't think it's Air at the top of their game.
Now to Talkie Walkie. I pre-ordered this cd. When it arrived, I listened to it a couple times, was really disappointed, put in on a shelf, and haven't listened to it again until this week. I decided to give it another shot. Wow...it blew me away. I've been listening to it non-stop this week. I can't believe I dismissed this so early on.
My advice to you, give it a few listens. If you're like me, you'll learn to love this too.
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It seems to have more depth as the smoothness of "Venus" eases into the delightful "Cherry blossom girl" which will pick up your spirits and mood. Then there's "Run" which seems slightly irritating on first hearing, but it does grip if you relax into it. "Universal traveller" is another trippy chic French mood maker.
"Mike Mills" is probably weakest and plodding as it is over complicated to be cool. But again bang "Surfing on a Rocket" explodes and drives along and at last we have some electric Base and is as catchy as "Cherry blossom girl". "Another day" puts your feet back down on the ground and allows relaxing again. Then "Alpha beta gaga" slips away to get you whistling along.
Well "Biological" is a surprise as it starts low key, then the Japanese instruments takes it in a completely different direction - this is extremely clever and unique. The complementary pair to "Biological" is the last track "Alone in Kyoto", which very gentle and colourful.
To sum this album up "it is a series of ebb & flows" and each track complements the last. I have listened to others like Royksopp which are as good in their own way, but Air has the edge I think - buy this album with "Moon Safari" as well.
and this is one of those rare albums which is amazing - every track is wonderful. this album, like moon safari, does not disappoint....and i dont really see a massive change in styles - its different to moon safari but its not so different that you would only like moon safari OR talkie walkie.
i only got it this morning and ive now listened to it through 2 times and it is amazing. it has the beauty of cinematic orchestra but with air's unique electronica feel - a calm and masterful piece of work.