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10 000 Hz Legend
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|1. Electronic Performers|
|2. How Does It Make You Feel|
|3. Radio Number 1|
|4. The Vagabond|
|6. Lucky And Unhappy|
|7. Sex Born Poison|
|8. People In The City|
|9. Wonder Milky Bitch|
|10. Don't Be Light|
|11. Caramel Prisoner|
French duo, Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicholas Godin's 1998 debut was a glorious anachronism. An analogue bubblebath of synths, saxophones, xylophones, fuzzy guitars and all manner of louche melodies it managed to be both original and utterly retro. 10,000 Hz Legend is the exact meeting point between wearying experimentation and heart-warming melancholia. There's nothing as charming as "Sexy Boy" or as generous as "You Make It Easy" but if you skip the first two tracks, which have more than a touch of Pink Floyd about them, there are a few twisted gems here. Amid the sprawling mass of shrill melody and Kraftwerkian computer voices that is "Lucky and Unhappy", the compressed trash-pop of Radio #1 (a brash cuss down of that infamous institution) and shimmering folk-funk of "The Vagabond" sung by Beck, verge on classic. As for "Sex Born Poison" sung by Japanese indie duo Buffalo Daughter, there's something about this particularly bewitching blend of cool female vocals and a Bernard Psycho Herrmann soundtrack that is out of time, beautiful and in your face. Though 10,000 Hz Legend as a whole is inconsistent and a little bit "aren't we weird?", Air have certainly crafted an inventive album worth hearing. --Reuben Dessay
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The only track I really disliked was Sex Born Poison. I like the intro but it's just too dramatic for me, however, I do like the theme. I found this album playful and kind of quarky. I love how they use so many different themes in this album; it has moody ambient tracks, fun up-beat electronica, prog rock, 70's sheek, space adventure soundscapes, futuristic robot love, and even (I think) an American folkyness like in Wonder Milky Bitch. To be honest it took a little of getting used to, but after listening to the hole thing undisturbed with the lights off it just made more sence. I personally find this album to be their best arguably to Talky Walky.
"10,000 Hz Legend" (11 tracks, 60 min.) starts with one of its very best tracks, "Electronic Performers", which invites comparisons to Kraftwerk's "We Are the Robots" both musically, as well as lyrically with lines like "We Are the Synchronizers/Machines Gave Me Some Freedom". But it's not all about syntesizers: piano and accoustic guitars come through as well in the album. Other stand-out tracks include the brooding "Lucky and Happy", "Radio #1", a coulda-shoulda been radio hit (which it wasn't of course, given the dismall state of US radio generally), and a wildly pulsing "Don't Be Light". Guest artists appear on the album, including Beck singing on "The Vagabond".
It's difficult to categorize Air, and that's one of the strenghts of the French duo. It'll be interesting to see if Air can cross over to the main stream with their new "Talkie Walkie" album. "10,000 Hz Legend" is equally a great album.
Most recent customer reviews
i love this album. i think both moon safari and talkie walkie are great, but there's something special here. takes you to another mental state. Read morePublished on March 7 2005 by Matthew R.
I was suprised at the lower rating of this album. This is really different from anything else I have heard. Kind of a little Pink Floyd with a little Beck style. Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by T. Dowell
HO NO! This album is nothing like the AIR that we knew. the only good songs are: how does it make you feel?, don't be light, radio#1 and and... nop that's it.Published on April 10 2004
As a long time fan of electronic music and a new Air convert, I have to defend 10,000 Hz Legend by saying that I really enjoy it's overall dark, robotic tone as opposed to Moon... Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004 by Moon 1966
I'll chime in with a previous reviewer, "Legend" has more going for it than its poor public reception would have you believe. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2004 by Ralf Flicker
First off, I like Air. Ever since Moon Safari, I have turned on many of friends to it. Premiers Symptomes is pretty good. So is the Virgin Suicides soundtrack. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2004 by Kevwheel
When a band's entire body of work is based around irony and kitsch, one begins to suspect that they simply don't have anything original or interesting to say. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2003 by Travis Miller