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City Reading [Explicit Lyrics]

Alessandro Air/Baricco Audio CD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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1. La Puttana di Closing Town
2. Caccia all'uomo
3. Se vuoi capire la loro storia.

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On City Reading, Italian author Alessandro Baricco (of the acclaimed 1998 novel Silk) employs the ambient electronics of Air in what amounts to an artfully done book-on-tape, read in Baricco’s thick Italian brogue. Narrating a few especially poetic and lyrical passages from his 2002 novel City, Baricco tells three offbeat stories of the Old West (broken out over 19 tracks) that could’ve been stolen from Sierra Leone’s dream journal. Meanwhile, Air shows off the knack for theme music they brought to the Virgin Suicides soundtrack, laying down accompaniment that provides a proper theatrical background for Baricco’s playful yet melancholy yarns. For those who don’t speak Italian, the sleeve has a complete translation to read along with, creating the effect of a sub-titled movie, or at least a dusty hallucination from the days of six-shooters, saloons, and whorehouses. An intriguing mix of story and song, City Reading continues Air’s baroque touch with synthesized moods and spacious atmosphere. --Matthew Cooke

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1.0 out of 5 stars WHAT!!!!!!!! April 10 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Is this a joke or what? do they really think someone is going to listen to the whole cd and have a feeling of satisfaction?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping Pill Feb. 23 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is just great... FOR INSOMNIACS! If you don't understand Italian (and maybe even if you do...) it will put you to sleep right away!
Has anyone else noticed how Air albums are going downhill? Since the "Virgin Suicides" the quality of their music is horribly deteriorating from one album to the next. I bought the last three Air albums (including this one) without even listening to them- because it's Air. What a MISTAKE!
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1.0 out of 5 stars What were they thinking? Aug. 2 2003
By Bt
Format:Audio CD
Come on. You can try and justify this release all you want, but this is the second release in a row that Air bombed on. First they give us numerous re-releases of the same songs on "Everybody Hertz", then they come out with a "book on tape" concept, in Italian to boot? Even if the background music is good, how many times are we really going to listen to this? These boys need to get their act together, and soon. They've lost their luster, and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see why. I don't know if they've lost their enthusiasm, but I hope they get back to working on something original in the near future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good good good... July 27 2003
Format:Audio CD
While some people complained about the narraration covering the music or the narraration being in a language they didn't understand, I honestly have to say I wouldn't have it any other way. The gravely vocals add texture to an otherwise dull instrumental. The fact that you can't understand the narraration gives the whole thing a dreamy feel. The music compliments the narration very well. Air realizes that the narraration is the life of this cd, and does not attempt to overshadow it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Air are certainly Amazing June 10 2003
Format:Audio CD
Air's new release caught my attention, besides the fact that it is AIR, because it's the wierdest idea for an album, ever. They provide music while an author reads his novel in his native Italian, and produced by Nigel Godrich of Radiohead? Hmm....
The fact is, the album is the least possibly accessible in the history of god. It is great music, but only for a true Air Fan. I bought it and it has a nice spot in my collection, as I can boast I have all the Air albums, minus the forgettable Everybodyt Hertz. If you want Air, I recommend 10,000 ghz, Moon safari, premier symptomes, or virgin suicides.
The music is good, and I hear if you read along to the "lyrics", it makes sense. However, I am a bit iffy on reading the english to the Italian, which is gibberish to my unknowledgeable-about-Italian brain. Personally, I find this great to write papers to, or read books (in English, for me).
I hear Air is coming out with a "Real" cd by the end of this year....that I will wait for!!
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