Moon Safari - Air
1 CD(s) - Electronica - Label: Source UK, Source/Virgin - Distributor: Universal Music, EMI Operations/CEVA Logistics - Released: 19/01/1998 - 7243844...
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Review of "Moon Safari - Air"
The debut album from French duo Air as released in January 1998 this album is widely regarded as a classic both in it's genre and in music as a whole. Electronica, jazz, pianos and a variety of vocals combine to provide a chilled out record that is in parts genius in other parts cheesy and in other parts nothing more than hold music!The album kicks off with 'La Femme d'Argent' which translates as The Silver Woman. Apparently this does not mean a woman who is actually silver! Silver is slang for money and so it might be referring to a rich woman. As the track is an instrumental I guess we'll never know. The music is a lovely, relaxing tune with a bass line running right through that becomes more and more hypnotic and creates a fantastically soothing opening 7 minutes.
'Sexy Boy' was the first single off the album and is about, well, it does exactly what it says on the tin! The lyrics are in French except for the repeated chorus and they speak of the perfect male form but the song's strength is a fantastic bass line and a great guitar riff around the choruses. The promotional video starred a toy monkey that comes to life and goes to the Moon as a nod to the album title.'All I Need' is the album's high point for me. It was the 3rd single to be released and features Beth Hirsch who both wrote and provided the perfect vocal for the track. It really could not fit any better. I suspect it's a love song and the video is interspersed by a supposedly real life couple trying to describe true love and their relationship. It's an almost childish account (in a good way) in terms of innocence and believing that everything can work out for the best.
Next up is 'Kelly Watch the Stars' and lyrically, the title is just repeated over and over again. I have to admit that it drives me mad! Musically it doesn't do a lot for me either. It's largely a fat bass with simple drums and some laser style sound effects. This was the second single from the album.'Talisman' is another instrumental and it reminds me of the kind of song that soundtracks a scene in and old film where someone is sneaking around somewhere and a bad guy is in pursuit! It's got an orchestra and a jazz element which I know doesn't convey a chase scene image but if you listen to it you'll hear what I mean!
'Remember' was co-written by Jean-Jacques Perrey who is a bit of a legend in the electronic field who released what are considered to be the first ever electronica records way back in the mid 60s. There are again barely any lyrics and the vocals are very synthesised. The music follows on in a similar manner to the previous songs and doesn't really do much although it does lift parts of 'Remember' by the Beach Boys.'You Make It Easy' is the second track to feature Beth Hirsch on vocals and although a nice song it fails to live up to 'All I Need'. It's about a perfect, almost effortless love or relationship, hence the title. Pianos and violins provide the music and it's a bit too jazzy for my liking.
'Ce Matin-Là' is an instrumental and is the cheesiest song on the album! Many of the tracks tread the fine line between cheesy and good but this one falls the wrong side of it.'New Star In The Sky' is an extremely slow song that goes nowhere. The same lyrics are repeated over and over again and it ends up being quite irritating.
Final track 'Le Voyage De Penelope' ensures that the album fizzles out and that the momentum of the album getting worse as it goes on continues. It's another instrumental and does absolutely nothing interesting.After revisiting Moon Safari I'd have to argue that it doesn't warrant the acclaim in which it is often held. There are certainly a few good tracks but after a strong start the songs begin to decline and the album almost comes to a standstill.
*This review is my own work although I may post it elsewhere on the internet.
Product Information : Moon Safari - Air
Manufacturer's product description1 CD(s) - Electronica - Label: Source UK, Source/Virgin - Distributor: Universal Music, EMI Operations/CEVA Logistics - Released: 19/01/1998 - 724384497828
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