City Reading Review

artist: Air date: 08/08/2003 category: compact discs
Air: City Reading
Artist: Air & Alessandro Baricco
Album Title: City Reading (Tre Storie Western)
Released: Mar 25, 2003
Genre: Electronica
Style: Poetry
Number Of Tracks: 19
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 10
City Reading Reviewed by: unregistered, on august 08, 2003
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Overall Impression: Air seem determined not to repeat themselves. Instead of making another 'Moon Safari,' they've gone on to more challenging projects, such as writing the music for 'The Virgin Suicides.' This CD continues their soundtrack work, but this time their sublime music is used to accompany and imitate short stories and poetry provided by the Italian author Alessandro Baricco. Some people may find the readings a bit intrusive, but with some patience, the album becomes almost hypnotically sublime. Luckily, the poet has a good voice and the quality of his writing is of no real concern, as it is spoken in Italian anyway. (The sounds of the words are more important than their meanings.) Air have continued to make their music more complex and interesting. It sounds a bit like they have combined the best moments of 'Moon Safari' and the 'Virgin Suicides' and developed them, creating something that sounds unique and mesmerizing. The album also benefits from the brilliant production of Nigel Godrich. The chord changes are even more subtle and beautiful than any of their previous works. This is an essential CD for any Air fan, but the uninitiated may want to try their other albums first. // 10

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overall: 10
City Reading Reviewed by: UG Team, on august 08, 2003
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Overall Impression: I read about this release a few months back and expected it to be brilliant. And it is. I've read reviews of all Air's releases and find that some people don't like the way they have progressed since Moon Safari. I've liked everything Air have made and this album is just simple and beautiful. You can dance to it (recommend 'The Robot' and jazz-type moving about)and great when riding your bike and standing in your back garden on a sunny day. The words to describe it are a quiet "woo" and a even quieter "woah". I don't possess the knowledge of long words, such as "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" (though not actually a word) so i guess "Phantasmagoria" (look it up) is the next one down. Air's music is harmony and melody, you could say from track 1-10 they hark back to Moon Safari days and the latter is there later music, but that's stupid. It's all one piece of music that is beautiful. Air have never changed, just progressed, built on what they have grown. This music will have you speaking gibberish which you palm off as Italian (well i do) and have you whirligig. This music had me wanting to be able to jump and move in slow-motion. This music needs to be heard. // 10

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