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Talkie Walkie

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Artistic development doesn't always improve an artist's work, as the members of Air discovered when their second album, 2001's 10,000 Hz Legend, disappointed fans and critics expecting another pop masterpiece to rank with their debut, Moon Safari. 10,000 Hz Legend buried the duo's clear melodic sense underneath an avalanche of rigid performances, claustrophobic productions, and a restless experimentalism that rarely allowed listeners to enjoy what they were hearing. Gone was the freshness evident on Moon Safari: the alien made familiar, the concept that electronic dance could be turned into a user-friendly medium, the illustration of simplicity and space as assets, not liabilities. Fortunately, Air learned from their mistakes -- or, at least, their limitations -- leading up to the recording of third album Talkie Walkie, and the happy result is a solid middle ground between both of their previous records. The features are kept to a minimum and the tracks are constructed to sound no more complex than they need to be, even though Air risk the assumption that Talkie Walkie is a simple album. While there's nothing present to compete with the plodding glory of "Sexy Boy," Talkie Walkie ultimately succeeds because of Dunckel and Godin's renewed contentment to produce the tracks they do better than any other -- ones with a surface prettiness but no great depth. (It's no mystery why they've been tapped for several scores.) Ironically, the one track here that shrugs off the simplicity of electronic pop is a track first heard in a film, "Alone in Kyoto," an impressionistic string piece originally composed for the Sofia Coppola film Lost in Translation.
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1
Venus
Air
00:04:04

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - NIGEL GODRICH, Additional Production, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Yann Arnaud, Sound Engineer - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Writer, Produced by, Performance - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Writer - JB DUNCKEL, Produced by, Performance - Darrel Thorpe, Assistant Mixing Engineer

© 2004 Source, a division of Parlophone Music France ℗ 2004 Parlophone / Warner Music France, A Warner Music Group Company

2
Cherry Blossom Girl
Jb Dunckel
00:03:38

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - NIGEL GODRICH, Additional Production, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Malik Mezzadri, Flute - Yann Arnaud, Sound Engineer - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Writer, Produced by, Performance - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Writer - JB DUNCKEL, Produced by, Performance - Jessica Banks, Additional Vocals - Darrel Thorpe, Assistant Mixing Engineer

© 2004 Source, a division of Parlophone Music France ℗ 2004 Parlophone / Warner Music France, A Warner Music Group Company

3
Run
Air
00:04:12

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - NIGEL GODRICH, Additional Production, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Yann Arnaud, Sound Engineer - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Writer, Produced by, Performance - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Writer - JB DUNCKEL, Produced by, Performance - Darrel Thorpe, Assistant Mixing Engineer

© 2004 Source, a division of Parlophone Music France ℗ 2004 Parlophone / Warner Music France, A Warner Music Group Company

4
Universal Traveler
Air
00:04:22

Jason Falkner, Bass - Brian Reitzel, Drums - NIGEL GODRICH, Mixer, Production - Brian Reitzell, Drums - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Composer, Writer - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Composer, Writer - James Rotondi, Keyboards

© 2004 Source, a division of Parlophone Music France ℗ 2004 Parlophone / Warner Music France, A Warner Music Group Company

5
Mike Mills
Air
00:04:26

Jason Falkner, Bass - Brian Reitzel, Drums - NIGEL GODRICH, Mixer, Production - Brian Reitzell, Drums - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Composer, Writer - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Composer, Writer - James Rotondi, Keyboards

© 2004 Source, a division of Parlophone Music France ℗ 2004 Parlophone / Warner Music France, A Warner Music Group Company

6
Surfing on a Rocket
Air
00:03:41

Jason Falkner, Bass - Joey Waronker, Percussion - NIGEL GODRICH, Mixer, Produced by - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Writer, Produced by - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Writer, Produced by

© 2004 Source, a division of Parlophone Music France ℗ 2004 Parlophone / Warner Music France, A Warner Music Group Company

7
Another Day
Air
00:03:20

Jason Falkner, Bass - Brian Reitzel, Drums - NIGEL GODRICH, Mixer, Production - Brian Reitzell, Drums - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Composer, Writer - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Composer, Writer - James Rotondi, Keyboards

© 2004 Source, a division of Parlophone Music France ℗ 2004 Parlophone / Warner Music France, A Warner Music Group Company

8
Alpha Beta Gaga
Air
00:04:38

Jason Falkner, Bass - Brian Reitzel, Drums - NIGEL GODRICH, Mixer, Production - Brian Reitzell, Drums - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Writer - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Writer - James Rotondi, Keyboards

© 2004 Source, a division of Parlophone Music France ℗ 2004 Parlophone / Warner Music France, A Warner Music Group Company

9
Biological
Air
00:06:04

Jason Falkner, Bass - Brian Reitzel, Drums - NIGEL GODRICH, Mixer, Production - Brian Reitzell, Drums - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Composer, Writer - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Composer, Writer - James Rotondi, Keyboards

© 2004 Source, a division of Parlophone Music France ℗ 2004 Parlophone / Warner Music France, A Warner Music Group Company

10
Alone in Kyoto
Air
00:04:50

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer - NIGEL GODRICH, Additional Production, Mixing Engineer - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Writer, Produced by, Performance - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Writer - JB DUNCKEL, Produced by, Performance - Darrel Thorpe, Assistant Mixing Engineer - James Rotondi, Keyboards

© 2004 Source, a division of Parlophone Music France ℗ 2004 Parlophone / Warner Music France, A Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

Artistic development doesn't always improve an artist's work, as the members of Air discovered when their second album, 2001's 10,000 Hz Legend, disappointed fans and critics expecting another pop masterpiece to rank with their debut, Moon Safari. 10,000 Hz Legend buried the duo's clear melodic sense underneath an avalanche of rigid performances, claustrophobic productions, and a restless experimentalism that rarely allowed listeners to enjoy what they were hearing. Gone was the freshness evident on Moon Safari: the alien made familiar, the concept that electronic dance could be turned into a user-friendly medium, the illustration of simplicity and space as assets, not liabilities. Fortunately, Air learned from their mistakes -- or, at least, their limitations -- leading up to the recording of third album Talkie Walkie, and the happy result is a solid middle ground between both of their previous records. The features are kept to a minimum and the tracks are constructed to sound no more complex than they need to be, even though Air risk the assumption that Talkie Walkie is a simple album. While there's nothing present to compete with the plodding glory of "Sexy Boy," Talkie Walkie ultimately succeeds because of Dunckel and Godin's renewed contentment to produce the tracks they do better than any other -- ones with a surface prettiness but no great depth. (It's no mystery why they've been tapped for several scores.) Ironically, the one track here that shrugs off the simplicity of electronic pop is a track first heard in a film, "Alone in Kyoto," an impressionistic string piece originally composed for the Sofia Coppola film Lost in Translation.
© John Bush /TiVo

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