Moon Safari

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Although electronica had its fair share of chillout classics prior to the debut of Air, the lion's share were either stark techno (Warp) or sample-laden trip-hop (Mo' Wax). But while Air had certainly bought records and gear based on the artists that had influenced them, they didn't just regurgitate (or sample) them; they learned from them, digesting their lessons in a way that gave them new paths to follow. They were musicians in a producer's world, and while no one could ever accuse their music of being danceable, it delivered the emotional power of great dance music even while pushing the barriers of what "electronica" could or should sound like. (Never again would Saint ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Although electronica had its fair share of chillout classics prior to the debut of Air, the lion's share were either stark techno (Warp) or sample-laden trip-hop (Mo' Wax). But while Air had certainly bought records and gear based on the artists that had influenced them, they didn't just regurgitate (or sample) them; they learned from them, digesting their lessons in a way that gave them new paths to follow. They were musicians in a producer's world, and while no one could ever accuse their music of being danceable, it delivered the emotional power of great dance music even while pushing the barriers of what "electronica" could or should sound like. (Never again would Saint Etienne be the only band of a certain age to reveal their fondness for Burt Bacharach.) The Modulor EP had displayed astonishing powers of mood and texture, but it was Air's full-length debut, Moon Safari, that proved they could also write accessible pop songs like "Sexy Boy" and "Kelly Watch the Stars." But it wasn't all pop. The opener, "La Femme d'Argent," was an otherworldly beginning, with a slinky bassline evoking Serge Gainsbourg's Histoire de Melody Nelson and a slow glide through seven minutes of growing bliss (plus a wonderful keyboard solo). The vocoderized "Remember" relaunched a wave of robot pop that hadn't been heard in almost 20 years, and the solos for harmonica and French horn on "Ce Matin La" made the Bacharach comparisons direct. Unlike most electronica producers, Air had musical ideas that stretched beyond samplers or keyboards, and Moon Safari found those ideas wrapped up in music that was engaging, warm, and irresistible. [A tenth anniversary Deluxe Edition of Moon Safari found the album returning as a three-disc set, including a bonus CD of remixes and KCRW live performances plus a bonus DVD that included their 1999 tour documentary, Eating, Sleeping, Waiting and Playing.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2008
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • EAN: 5099920748029
  • Catalog Number: 791448

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Femme d'Argent (7:11)
  2. 2 Sexy Boy (4:58)
  3. 3 All I Need - Beth Hirsch (4:28)
  4. 4 Kelly Watch the Stars (3:45)
  5. 5 Talisman (4:16)
  6. 6 Remember (2:34)
  7. 7 You Make It Easy (4:01)
  8. 8 Ce Matin Là (3:39)
  9. 9 New Star in the Sky (5:40)
  10. 10 Le Voyage de Pénélope (3:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Remember (2:25)
  2. 2 Kelly Watch the Stars (2:44)
  3. 3 J'Ai Dormi Sous l'Eau (4:10)
  4. 4 Sexy Boy (3:10)
  5. 5 Kelly Watch the Stars (5:40)
  6. 6 Trente Millions d'Amis (4:34)
  7. 7 You Make It Easy (4:45)
  8. 8 Bossa 96 (4:44)
  9. 9 Kelly Watch the Stars (3:46)
  10. 10 Sexy Boy (6:36)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Eating, Sleeping, Waiting and Playing
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Air Primary Artist
Tommy Mars Musician
Brian Reitzell Musician
Brian Kehew Musician
Justin Meldal-Johnsen Musician
Beth Hirsch Musician
Deck d'Arcy Musician
Christian Mazzalai Musician
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Musician
Laurent Brancowitz Musician
Technical Credits
Beck Engineer, Remixing
Peter Cobbin Engineer
David Whitaker Arranger, Director
Stephane "Alf" Briat Engineer
Scott Fritz Engineer
Nicolas Godin Composer, Producer, Engineer
Nilesh "Nilz" Patel Mastering
Jack Arel Composer
Beth Hirsch Composer
Patrick Woodcock Composer
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Producer
Ariana Morgenstern Producer
Nic Harcourt Liner Notes
Mickey P. Revolvair Engineer
Christophe Saudemont Engineer
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