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Talkie Walkie [Import]

Air Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
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Talkie Walkie comes five years after their landmark Moon Safari and Parisian mood-enhancers Air are back doing what they do best. Famously shy of ever repeating themselves, JB Dunckel and Nicolas Godin have filled in the years with the poorly received follow-up, 10,000hz Legend (even they think it strange), and an eerily effective soundtrack to Sofia Coppola's Virgin Suicides. Nice enough in their own niche way, but a far cry from what people actually wanted.

Happily, Talkie Walkie reunites us with the Air that we love: two hopelessly indulgent romantics with an ear in the past and an eye on the future. It's meltingly good stuff--a collection of cool, cosmic pop songs that dispense with notions of time and space, wallowing instead on a cloud of poignant psychedelia. With vocal duties this time taken by the boys themselves, and gorgeously fragile strings courtesy of Serge Gainsbourg collaborator, Michel Colombier, they get off to a good start. Perhaps the introduction of an outside producer, in this case Radiohead's Nigel Godrich, has forced such beautifully measured focus? Whatever, touchy-feely epics such as the heavenly "Cherry Blossom Girl" sit well next to electronic masterpieces such as "Ran", whose enveloping tracked vocals recall the 10cc classic "I'm Not in Love". --Paul Tierney

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Dreamlike. March 4 2005
Format:Audio CD
I heard a song on the radio that I liked, and I thought the announcer said it was called "Air" by Mike Mills. When I went online to buy it, I discovered the SONG was "Mike Mills" by a group called Air, who turned out to be two French guys who record in Paris, but sing in French-accented English.
When I started listening to it, I fully expected that the only track I would like would be the one I had heard on the radio (which is what usually happens!) -- but imagine my delight in discovering that, not only is the whole recording a treasure, but there are several songs on it I had heard before and loved but hadn't known who the artist was.
There's the odd song like "Cruising on a Rocket" that is up-tempo, but most of the tracks are beautifully hypnotic. Their gentle voices combine with the floating, ethereal melodies to create an effect that is incredibly soothing and peaceful. After a stressful day, I just put it on, and tracks like "Cherry Blossom Girl" and "Universal Traveller" make all the cares of the world melt away.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fluff... yet good June 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
I will start of by letting you know that "synth pop" (or whatever you would classify Air as) is not my normal thing. Normally, even one of those two words would be enough to make me run away screaming, but something about this album caught a hold of me and refused to let go.
A friend of mine kept playing this when I was around and like some sort of disease, it just ate into me somehow! Consider yourself warned.
The songs are catchy and happy, and yet they still manage to invoke an introspective feeling that most "pop" doesn't. This quality makes it great background music, or music to just chill out to. Put this on at a party and people will notice it.
In particular, the strech of songs from 'Mike Mills' (probably my favorite song) onward really stand out. The songs flow and complement each other helping to create an overall ambiance that maybe you wouldn't expect from this sort of music. One of the album's biggest strengths comes from it's simple diversity. Air use a number of different instruments / electronic sounds in a number of different ways. I'm pretty sure I even heard a banjo in there somewhere, and I think we can all agree that banjo's are pretty damn cool.
Yes this ablum is "fluff". The lyrics will not stimulate deep conversations and the music isn't complex, but sometimes all you need is fluff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Air's Walkie Talkie one of the best of 2004 June 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like floating on clouds June 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
The electronic French duo of Godin and Dunckel present a change of pace, a much slower, dreamy change of pace than their more experimental "10,000 Hz Legend " disc or for that matter the soundtrack for "Virgin Suicides." Sometimes music takes me awhile to warm to and that was the case with this disc. When I first played the disc and heard "Venus" I thought ,oh no I bought a dud. The silly love puppy lyrics made me want to hurl, "You could be venus. I could be Mars. We could be together. Lovers forever ." Maybe I'm too many lifetimes removed from such naive thoughts. Anyway it immediately got better and more on track to my likings. This is happy music, where everyone in the world walks around with unknowingly smiles, unwittingly pushing the next electronic connection to make a connection , be it real or unreal, where people have a dazed Orwellian look, waiting at stop lights for the signal to advance them on their journey to nowhere, supersizing them along the path of life, eagerly anticpating a cocktail to relax and unwind before they vamp out into the night. Several songs are extremely catchy, as is most of the disc but the pure instrumental songs are like themes to a future where darkness is the norm and light is a valuable commodity. Check out " Mike Mills" where the music is like a futuristic carnival theme that streches out to the vastness beyond time and space. Other really cool songs are the Pink Floydesque "Another Day " where the duo use simple lyrics, dreamy atmospheric music to create a certain reactionary heavyness, like the weight in the morning mist that turns to dew feeding plants and trigerring a whole range of reactions. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars 21. 99 only to hear surfing on a rocket
I LOVE SURFING ON A ROCKET! EXCELLENT EXCELLENT SONG. Venus/Univeral Traveler/Surfing on a rocket/Alpha Beta Gaga are the only songs likeable and everything else is not worth... Read more
Published on April 9 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Make-out music
The music is so romantic, melodious and sweet.
Coming from someone who listens to hardcore, I know I probably don't know that much about Electronic music. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Guitarmy
1.0 out of 5 stars Crítica que acaricia lo aspero...
Ta bueno loco eh!
Mira vos.. franceses, que loco. Pensé que solo se dedicaban a los autos. Igual son medios chorros, ya existe Bjork. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by Tecla
5.0 out of 5 stars Ongaku Kerie (Beautiful Music)
I was loaned this album while at the Gojo Guest House in Kyoto. I listend to it all day while I wallked about town. It was pure magic. Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Denise Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Yew
This is my favourite Air album right now. Don't compare it to Moon Safari. They're really dissimilar. But they are both really good. This is like soft electro-synth-pop. Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by djhexane
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
First off. I'm listening to this CD right now on my computer. So the poster below isn't entirely correct...
I first heard Air on the Lost in Translation soundtrack. Read more
Published on July 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Talkie Walkie
String theory as applied to music.
Otherworldly, ineffably refreshing.
Published on June 26 2004 by G. aliexo
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
this cd which i bought from amazon allowed me to play it on my walkman, boom box, computer, etc. This is a very great album Surfing on a Rocket and Run are two of my favorite... Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by C. Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this CD
I bought this CD from Amazon and I think the music is
pretty good, that is, if you can play it!
This CD is copy protected. Read more
Published on June 20 2004 by JOHN M PETERSON
5.0 out of 5 stars The Air Up There...l
This is Air's best CD and is the best example of electronic music moving off the dancefloor and into the emotional down tempo world of chillin' or lounge music. Read more
Published on June 19 2004
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