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Talkie Walkie (Virgin)

By: Cam Lindsay

When Air released 10,000 Hz Legend three years ago, a lot of people were scratching their heads wondering how the duo of Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin could pass that off as the proper follow-up to the glorious Moon Safari of 1998. Of course, it didn't help that last year's City Reading featured Alessandro Baricco reading poetry from his novel. The album was completely written off and ignored by all. Talkie Walkie clears up any concerns fans of the band may have had about Air's future. Finally picking up where they left off with Virgin Suicides, Air has re-ignited their progressive electronic lounge pop to make listeners feel right at home. Of course, guest lead vocalists were not invited this time around, so the dreamy vocals of Beth Hirsch are missed. However, Dunckel and Godin do a nice job in picking up the slack themselves, choosing the right effects (i.e. vocoders) to cover up their mediocre pipes. So, "Cherry Blossom Girl" and "Biological" are treated with dreamy, soulful ambience that makes you wonder just how much the Sun shines in heaven. It's good to have Air back in their rightful place as purveyors of the best damn electro-pop on the market.
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