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10 000 Hz Legend

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  • Audio CD (May 29 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005IABM
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 146 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Electronic Performers
2. How Does It Make You Feel
3. Radio Number 1
4. The Vagabond
5. Radian
6. Lucky And Unhappy
7. Sex Born Poison
8. People In The City
9. Wonder Milky Bitch
10. Don't Be Light
11. Caramel Prisoner

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Japanese version featuring a bonus track: 'The Way You Look Tonight'.


French duo, Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicholas Godin's 1998 debut was a glorious anachronism. An analogue bubblebath of synths, saxophones, xylophones, fuzzy guitars and all manner of louche melodies it managed to be both original and utterly retro. 10,000 Hz Legend is the exact meeting point between wearying experimentation and heart-warming melancholia. There's nothing as charming as "Sexy Boy" or as generous as "You Make It Easy" but if you skip the first two tracks, which have more than a touch of Pink Floyd about them, there are a few twisted gems here. Amid the sprawling mass of shrill melody and Kraftwerkian computer voices that is "Lucky and Unhappy", the compressed trash-pop of Radio #1 (a brash cuss down of that infamous institution) and shimmering folk-funk of "The Vagabond" sung by Beck, verge on classic. As for "Sex Born Poison" sung by Japanese indie duo Buffalo Daughter, there's something about this particularly bewitching blend of cool female vocals and a Bernard Psycho Herrmann soundtrack that is out of time, beautiful and in your face. Though 10,000 Hz Legend as a whole is inconsistent and a little bit "aren't we weird?", Air have certainly crafted an inventive album worth hearing. --Reuben Dessay

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Format: Audio CD
This is the first album that I bought from Air. Nobody seemed to be able to tell me much about it except that it was a let down to Air fans. I found it used and was charmed by the art work so bought it. I'm kind of glad that I bought this album before anything else by Air because it is so different from their other stuff. If you're already an Air fan, you might have to open your mind when listening to this album. It is less of the loungey ambience and more electro pop rock, but still very futuristic and spacey (if not more so). It still has the ambient tracks that Air is known for, but I rather enjoy their more playful stuff like Don't Be Light, People in the City, Lucky and Unhappy, Readio #1, and their beck featured track The Vagabond.
The only track I really disliked was Sex Born Poison. I like the intro but it's just too dramatic for me, however, I do like the theme. I found this album playful and kind of quarky. I love how they use so many different themes in this album; it has moody ambient tracks, fun up-beat electronica, prog rock, 70's sheek, space adventure soundscapes, futuristic robot love, and even (I think) an American folkyness like in Wonder Milky Bitch. To be honest it took a little of getting used to, but after listening to the hole thing undisturbed with the lights off it just made more sence. I personally find this album to be their best arguably to Talky Walky.
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Rather than write a review of the phenomenal new AIR album "Talkie Walkie", I thought I'd comment on '10,000 Hz Legend" instead. Like many others, I was somewhat influenced by a lot of the not so positive reviews when it originally came out, so I never bought it. After listening and analyzing "Talkie Walkie", "Virgin Suicides" and "Moon Safari" for weeks, I realized that AIR is indeed one of those rare, timeless, phenomenal breeds of true from the soul creative artists. I bought "Premieres Symptomes" soon after and was blown away by that collection also. I noticed that despite "10,000 Hz Legend" being their lowest rated album here, most of the recent reviews have been 4 or 5 stars, so I knew that there had to be something special about this cd. I then came across a used copy of "Everybody Hertz" which of course are remixes of songs from "10,000 Hz Legend" and I watched the DVD inside of "Talkie Walkie" numerous times and I realized that I really, really liked all of the songs that were from "10,000 Hz Legend", except for a few of the remixes from "Everybody Hertz". Well, I finally got it and have been listening to it many, many times. It's phenomenal, a complete classic, the final affirmation that AIR is in a class by themselves. I think it's great that almost all of AIR's albums are completley different yet have a lot of similarities. The official review here at Amazon pretty much describes the tone, structure and delivery of "10,000 Hz Legend" but I don't agree with the subtle sarcasm and undeserved criticism related to the melodies and the fact that Beck's talents override AIR's delivery.Read more ›
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Format: Audio CD
Air's excellent new album "Talkie Walkie" made me revisit their previous (2001) album "10,000 Hz Legend", which frankly I hadn't listened to in quite a while. My loss! It's an outstanding album.
"10,000 Hz Legend" (11 tracks, 60 min.) starts with one of its very best tracks, "Electronic Performers", which invites comparisons to Kraftwerk's "We Are the Robots" both musically, as well as lyrically with lines like "We Are the Synchronizers/Machines Gave Me Some Freedom". But it's not all about syntesizers: piano and accoustic guitars come through as well in the album. Other stand-out tracks include the brooding "Lucky and Happy", "Radio #1", a coulda-shoulda been radio hit (which it wasn't of course, given the dismall state of US radio generally), and a wildly pulsing "Don't Be Light". Guest artists appear on the album, including Beck singing on "The Vagabond".
It's difficult to categorize Air, and that's one of the strenghts of the French duo. It'll be interesting to see if Air can cross over to the main stream with their new "Talkie Walkie" album. "10,000 Hz Legend" is equally a great album.
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Format: Audio CD
This album makes me hate people. Not because of any ideology or spirit contained within the work, but because when people speak about it it somehow manifests their basic ineptitude for all to see. Either they are not sensitive enough to catch "irony and kitsch," or they are incapable of seeing anything else. And, while we're at it, there's nothing that makes my fingers grope more frantically for something to strangle than a person who criticizes something for being "scary," "happy," "clinical," or any other such thing. All you are doing is criticizing scariness, happiness, or precision, not the music itself. You would have people believe that something sucks because it effectively conveys an emotion that you don't enjoy. If you want to rate a work, take a look at what it is trying to do, and then try to determine whether or not it does so. If you are incapable of doing this, then either refrain from comment, or, if you are so seriously limited in your abilities, immolate yourself.
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