On Disc: Air

Album: Pocket Symphony

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Pocket Symphony by Air

Air
Pocket Symphony
Astralwerks

3.5 stars

Don’t let Pocket Symphony fool you. Although the second song, “Once Upon A Time,” begins almost identically to “Alone In Kyoto,” off 2004’s Talkie Walkie, Air’s new album is still somewhat progressive.

Air is a French electronica duo comprised of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel. The album also features vocals by Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker.

Pocket Symphony is reminiscent of Air’s past efforts; however, the album’s minor changes aren’t substantial enough to be considered buzz-worthy or refreshing.

The third track, “One Hell Of A Party,” exemplifies the problems with using Cocker’s vocals on the album. His deep vocals make the track drag.

For longtime fans, Pocket Symphony is too stale. For new fans, it provides a glimpse of Air’s amazing abilities. If you like this album, you’ll be floored by Air’s older ones.

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