I could lecture for hours probably about how electronica has changed between 1998, when this cd was made, and now, 2003, when this review was written. A lot's happened. In short, a genre that spent 30 years putting together a foundation and less than five years in becoming an actual mainstream area. Electronica is a genre obsessed with the divides between mainstream and underground, and in the past of couple of years, the music has taken a turn in many directions, mainly towards experimentation or pop music. That's the musical history lesson for today.
Moon Safari was released, as I said, before all of this happened. Now, it sounds incredibly mainstream (I hate the terms mainstream and underground, because good music is good music, but its hard to find other way to explain the two), but then it was kind of experimental. At the time, however, a group like Air could put out a cd like Moon Safari, which is accurately described as having a certain bubble gum quality, and gain respect, not insults, from all people enamored with the genre.
Every track on this cd is incredibly good. At the end, you hear hints of The Virgin Suicides Score, and 10,000 ghz legend. At the beginning, you're reminded of Premiers Symptomes, the first Air album. It fits right in with their artistic history.
Favorite tracks (in the order they appear on cd):
La Femme D'Argent
Kelly Watch the Stars
If you want to hear some good music, buy this album. And if you don't like it, either because it's not mainstream enough, or because it's too mainstream, at least you heard it, and if you can't get props from others on it, as in "hey, you own moon safari, you dog you", you can always sell it to a used cd shop, where it will undoubtedly go quick.