Air, Pocket Symphony. ReviewMikey 4 comments
If you were part of the Air Listening Party tonight (Thursday, 15th Feb 2007) then you are probably in as much awe as I was.
It's been a few years since Talkie Walkie, but the wait has been worth it. Pocket Symphony is testament to just how mature the dynamic french duo have become. Produced again by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Neil Finn, U2, REM) Pocket Symphony is Air's fourth studio album.
Talkie Walkie did a lot to restore faith in Air, as the previous album (10,000mhz legend) was, putting it nicely, very strange indeed. So like a lot of other people I had high expectations for Pocket Symphony.
I will just come out and say it: Pocket Symphony is elegant and beautiful. Every one of the tracks has something about it that just makes you nod approvingly. Stylish acoustic licks and melodic piano loops adorn what is easily Air's second best album to date, following closely behind their debut 'Moon Safari'.
Once again Dunkel provides effeminate sounding vocals as he did on Talkie Walkie, but this time the microphone is shared with guest vocalists Jarvis Cocker and Neil Hammond.
If you want a change of pace and you don't mind mellow, you can do a lot worse than listen to Pocket Symphony.
- Official Pocket Symphony web site (with audio samples from every track)
- Download Pocket Symphony from iTunes