Talkie Walkie Import
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Co-produced by Grammy-nominated mixmaster Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck), "Talkie Walkie" features ten new cinematic pop songs that are direct, intimate and romantic, the band's most rewarding collection to date. For the first time, the band handles all the vocal duties themselves to great effect, plus there are several trademark instrumentals such as "Alone In Kyoto" which also appeared in Sofia Coppola's recent hit movie "Lost In Translation". The Limited Edition CD comes with a bonus DVD (NTSC/Region 0) featuring an inventively shot 35 minute film of Air on tour intercut with behind the scenes footage. EMI. 2003.
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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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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Arguably their best album and the most critically acclaimed. Still resonates today.
Great quality, came in good time.
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 morePublished on April 9 2006
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
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
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 morePublished on July 8 2004 by Denise Wolf
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 morePublished on July 7 2004 by djhexane
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
String theory as applied to music.
Otherworldly, ineffably refreshing.
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 morePublished on June 23 2004 by C. Johnson