air pocket symphony cd
I have got the air moon safari album which i have to say is infinately superior in every way. Pocket symphony is not a bad album, but its just not particularly good either. A bit of a mish mash of various artistic contributions and it didn't always work.
Such consistency does not always work for Air.
Pocket Symphony starts off with a bang. "Spacemaker," with its taut, insistent bass line poking holes in a low-hanging cloud cover of sweeping, celestial synthesizers, is one of Air's best songs ever. The haunting piano pirouettes of "Once Upon A Time" can only be described as fairy tale chamber music. Air has a singular way of evoking bliss and sadness in the same breath, and no song does it better. Air's music has always been filled with dark, evocative space and depth. Pocket Symphony provides plenty of spectral real estate to explore. But, the clever mood manipulation ultimately comes off as emotionally distant and lacking soul. Surely, even French robots must cry. Pocket Symphony is a very good album. But when you've come to expect brilliance, "very good" seems like a lot of hot air.