Here's the good: With Nigel Godrich onboard, Air's rich atmospheres don't get pushed to the margins, as they did on the Gainsbourg project. Now for the bad: The duo almost entirely avoids the catchiness that made Talkie Walkie such a treasure. To be fair, Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin are nothing if not risk-takers. To follow Talkie Walkie's snap-crackle-pop with a languid, melancholy program such as this is precisely what we should expect from a group who once declared an artist's job is to try things they're not initially capable of pulling off. So whether it sucks you in, bores you completely, grows on you over time, or just strikes you as nice background music for your morning crossword, you won't be humming much.
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