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City Reading Explicit Lyrics
|1. La Puttana di Closing Town|
|2. Caccia all'uomo|
|3. Se vuoi capire la loro storia.|
On City Reading, Italian author Alessandro Baricco (of the acclaimed 1998 novel Silk) employs the ambient electronics of Air in what amounts to an artfully done book-on-tape, read in Bariccos thick Italian brogue. Narrating a few especially poetic and lyrical passages from his 2002 novel City, Baricco tells three offbeat stories of the Old West (broken out over 19 tracks) that couldve been stolen from Sierra Leones dream journal. Meanwhile, Air shows off the knack for theme music they brought to the Virgin Suicides soundtrack, laying down accompaniment that provides a proper theatrical background for Bariccos playful yet melancholy yarns. For those who dont speak Italian, the sleeve has a complete translation to read along with, creating the effect of a sub-titled movie, or at least a dusty hallucination from the days of six-shooters, saloons, and whorehouses. An intriguing mix of story and song, City Reading continues Airs baroque touch with synthesized moods and spacious atmosphere. --Matthew Cooke
Top Customer Reviews
The fact is, the album is the least possibly accessible in the history of god. It is great music, but only for a true Air Fan. I bought it and it has a nice spot in my collection, as I can boast I have all the Air albums, minus the forgettable Everybodyt Hertz. If you want Air, I recommend 10,000 ghz, Moon safari, premier symptomes, or virgin suicides.
The music is good, and I hear if you read along to the "lyrics", it makes sense. However, I am a bit iffy on reading the english to the Italian, which is gibberish to my unknowledgeable-about-Italian brain. Personally, I find this great to write papers to, or read books (in English, for me).
I hear Air is coming out with a "Real" cd by the end of this year....that I will wait for!!
In conclusion, go back to Air's older material (except Everybody Hertz) and enjoy it immensely. Leave this one alone.
From a huge Air fan~
Most recent customer reviews
Is this a joke or what? do they really think someone is going to listen to the whole cd and have a feeling of satisfaction?
THE WOST OF AIR. Read more
This album is just great... FOR INSOMNIACS! If you don't understand Italian (and maybe even if you do...) it will put you to sleep right away! Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004
While some people complained about the narraration covering the music or the narraration being in a language they didn't understand, I honestly have to say I wouldn't have it any... Read morePublished on July 26 2003 by Jacob Gehman