|1. La Puttana di Closing Town|
|2. Caccia all'uomo|
|3. Se vuoi capire la loro storia.|
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 Bariccos 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 couldve been stolen from Sierra Leones 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 Bariccos playful yet melancholy yarns. For those who dont 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 Airs baroque touch with synthesized moods and spacious atmosphere. --Matthew Cooke
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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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! Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004
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... Read morePublished on July 26 2003 by Jacob Gehman