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Premiers Symptomes [Best of]

Air Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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5. Le Soleil Est Pres De Moi
6. Californie
7. Brakes On

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Air's European-label five-song EP, Premiers Symptomes, may have been a collection of early singles, but when it first came out in 1997 it felt all of a piece. Deploying an array of vintage mid-century instruments (Fender Rhodes, Minimoog, Clavinet), as well as a tuba, Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel created a cloistered, lulling sound world that was entirely their own (although, think The Percy Faith Orchestra Covers Brian Eno's Music for Airports and you get the basic idea). By contrast, the recent rerelease of Premiers, with two bonus tracks, sounds like exactly what it is: a collection of early singles. It's not that newcomers "Californie" and "Brakes On" are unworthy, just that their overt funk shatters the tranquil atmosphere this French duo so painstakingly establish elsewhere. Most electronica fans are usually more than happy to bump 'n' grind, but when they're in the mood to play Premiers Symptomes, all they want--all they need--is the Air that they breathe. --Jeff Salamon

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4.0 out of 5 stars THE album to lay your lady down to.. Jan. 31 2004
Format:Audio CD
Upon the release of "Moon Safari" Air managed to avoid the typical stereotypes of their genre by redefining the requirements and, in essence, establishing themselves as a musical act without peers or any true category. In the years since, they have continued to dish out discs that enable their listeners to fulfill all the virtues that Air had opened us up to initially. This has never been more evident than on the charming and smoothly flowing "Premiers Symptomes." An assortment of previously released singles and two new tracks that were sent out to the American public after the masterpiece "Moon Safari", these tracks offer an inside view into a group that is much more than the sum of it's parts.
Capturing the same vibe as their debut, this EP entrenches the listener into a world that shows the liftoff for the eventual "Moon" excursion. And it furthers itself track after track up to "Le Soleil Est Pres De Moi" which ironically thereafter leads into the less enjoyable new tracks but by no means to utter disappointment.
So dim the lights, flicker some candles and start off your seductive mood with this most pleasurable piece as you take your woman to a place where this completes the ambience.
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Having delighted & surprised everyone with their debut album "Moon Safari".....'Air' capitalize on the success of their most highly fondly loved album (that far outshone subsequent efforts), by compiling a loosely based 'Best of'....consisting of their five track EP, with two tracks added to flesh out the package, and the results???........well it's actually a startling surprise and ('Moon Safari', notwithstanding), the most complete collection of songs, with the breezy electronica that has defined their music thus far. First track "Modular Mix", with it's atmospheric keyboard chords, its Hypnotic layers of Vocoder bristles with gentle eccentricity that belies how complex its actual construction is. Unlike "Moon Safari", this album is (bar one track) entirely instrumental, and easily on a par with their best album "Moon Safari".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well ahead of its time Oct. 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
When you consider that five of the seven songs on this album were originally recorded in 1997, you can forget about everything else. These guys were clearly ahead of their time! By putting together a fundamentally instrumental album that flirts with a blend of 60s psychodelia and 90s ambient music to give birth to what later came to be known as chillout, Air broke into the musical scene with much deserved fanfare. Though the quality of their work continued to improve through the years, this album is a faithful representation of the musical potential they later showcased in productions such as "Moon Safari" and the OST to "The Virgin Suicides". Personally, their only work I'd steer away from is "10,000 Hz Legend".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Got "Talkie Walkie" and "Moon Safari" already? March 5 2004
By 471
Format:Audio CD
Good. Then get this next. Premiers Symptomes is a must-have time capsule of a duo before Moon Safari put them on the map. It's interesting to hear AIR begin to find their sound in this record. The track "Les Professionels" clearly evolved into the very recognizable hit "All I Need", and songs like "J'Ai Dormi Sous L'Eau" are a great example of AIR's irresistable blend of synthesizers, digitized vocals, and horns. Worth the purchase if you like AIR and want to know more!
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3.0 out of 5 stars weakest of Airs releases, yet still good Jan. 2 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A good collection of groove oriented jams. This is not psychedelic, Nor groundbreaking. The songs tend to get reapetetive in terms of the bass playing and theres nothing that sticks out more then others. This is a great background music collection at best but nothing close to the originality in Airs other albums. But forgetting the 3 stars, this is stil the best in this style of mellowed out slow jams.
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