Moon Safari Import
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Moon Safari, the first album proper by this pair of middle-class Frenchmen, easily survives unscathed from its billing as that most deadly of sub-genres: dinner party music. True, Moon Safari, with its blatant bliss-provoking easy listening chimes, sits well beside Everything But the Girl's Walking Wounded or Portishead's Dummy, but the album is steeped in too much musical verve and gallic humour to become as dull as Chardonnay. "Sexy Boy", the first single, is a rock-out slab of electronica about a toy monkey, for instance--hardly the thing to discuss in polite society. This album's highs come with their two marriages with the contributing vocals of American Beth Hirsch. "All I Need" and "You Make It Easy" are shockingly successful, with Hirsch bringing gravitas and sincerity, flagging the album with strong emotional pointers in the midst of their musical adventures. If you didn't know, you'd think her words were sampled from a lost jazz classic--that's how good this record sounds. --Charlie Porter --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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So what's so good about it? A return to analogue synthesis for a start. You notice it immediately, as I noticed it even through the chatter in that restaurant. There's none of that digital clinicality so prevalent through most of the '80s and 90s, but a real warmth that is associated with analogue VCOs and circuitry. Yes, these guys went back to turning pots and patching cords, and it shows. (Note: old '70s/early '80s analogue synths and beat boxes were fetching quite the sum through the '90s by people wanting that classic "sound." In the last 5 or 10 years, there has been a resurgence in analogue and there are many options out there - usually with more stable circuitry than they had back in the day!).Read more ›
With dance-music gaining unconventional facets, AIR too, like its confreres, has touched up dance with its own unique style, adding a rather laid-back and drunk countenance to dance, which is radically uncharacteristic of this form of music. "MOON SAFARI" doesn't fit quite well under the rubric of any of the ramifications of contemporary dance music. It is laidback, it has a lot of retro psychedelic elements fused in the tipsy and drowsy atmosphere of its songs; the album is drastically different. It is interestingly groggy, painfully slow, and maddeningly addictive.
The album is like one of those bars, which you love to visit every night, get shamelessly drunk, and have the worst hangover the next day, and the day after that, and the day after that, and so on: It is as if you want to visit the bar again and again, just to enjoy the messed up state of your head during the hangover.
The album begins with the very sensual "La Femme D' Argent": the first seven-odd minutes of the album, which tickles you at just the right spots, and you are at your sensuous best; and this is just the beginning!Read more ›
1. This is among the best ambient music CD's of our time; and
2. I'd been listening to this CD for years.
As it turns out, the owner of a local lounge (Blue Agave in Santa Barbara CA.) has had it on rotation for the last few years. I'd been intoxicated (literally and figuratively) to (and by) this music for quite some time now standing outside on their little patio, drinking, smoking, carousing...
I usually like to call out certain songs on CD's I review as noteworthy. I won't in this case however because every track is excellent. They did a wonderful job stitching their arrangement too, each track, while different, blend seemlessly into each other.
Unlike allot of ambient music, this CD will chill you out, lift your mood, but won't put you to sleep. I'm sure this was by design....a noteworthy accomplishment in that unlike the equivalent to musical smelling salt, whenever a faster paced track comes on, it doesn't offend with overly loud or obnoxious beats.
If you love this album, consider trying a few other similar artists. The first one that leaps to mind is Zero 7. Their new album "When it Falls" is a brilliant and similar comparable. Another wonderful new talent is Solar House, they have a newer CD called "Magic of the City" that is a bit more upbeat, but still very seductive and ambiance friendly...
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Most recent customer reviews
The music by itself is really great, that's why I bought it, but the quality of the vinyl packaging/print quality is only okay. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mandatory listening for anyone who appreciates music but I'd be surprised if those same people hadn't heard it already. Such a great record.Published 19 months ago by P. MacKenzie
I've always loved this album. The record is not 180 grams but sounds really good anyway. A must for late night listening.Published 21 months ago by Jon G
This is my first ambient/techno music cd. I'd heard 'All I Need' on satellite several years ago and was hooked right away, but never bothered to look up the cd until now. Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by R. shankle
I remember this was like the album of the year in 1998. Everyone was playing it nonstop. I was at a new year's eve party at the end of 1998 and someone put this album on and it was... Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by alexander laurence
Air's sixth record, Moon Safari (1998), is an illustration of what would happen if you locked Jewel in a lounge with only a synthesizer and fifty ecstasy tablets for a month--that... Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Nobody!
First off, I bought this after purchasing many chillout discs. In total, I own over 500 CD's. I listen to a lot of music and I am very selective. Read morePublished on June 2 2004
Five Stars. Must Own. 'Nuff Said. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? GET IT NOW!Published on May 21 2004 by John Candy
Thursday, April 29, 2004 found me at Paramount Theatre in Seattle to experience Air live. It was a truly emotional experience to see the people who changed the way I thought about... Read morePublished on May 1 2004 by David