Well, I don't know what it was about this album. Around the start of the year I was sitting at home, putting off studying again, and I remembered that AIR had a new album out. Without thinking I drove in my car to the nearest CD store, and bought it, all without hearing a single track. I had this sense that this album would be special. When I got home, I put it on... and what I heard confirmed my intuition.
This album is great because it takes a feeling or mood and sustains it over the whole CD. Every track has a different feel, but it's the emotion that gets me - lovely, beautiful, wistful, yearning emotions that pervade every track.
You know, when it comes down to it, I don't like to think too much about music. In the end, what's important is how music makes you feel. Air's "Walkie Talkie" makes me feel and puts me in a mood; that sighing longing for love, that autumnal feeling of sadness, melancholy and bliss that only a few bands have the magical ability to do.
I could point out standout tracks, but I would say get the CD, listen to it as a whole and let it unfold. Instrumentals that create atmosphere, songs that sing of love. You can create your own movie in your mind, with you as the star! Lay back on the bean bag with the headphones on!
Delicate, tasteful music is so hard to come by - get this album and clutch it to your chest, hold it close to your heart, share it with a loved one or listen to it with your inner child.