10 000 HZ LEGEND
ALBUM SOURCE, VIRGIN RELEASE: MAY 28,
2001 REVIEW: JUNE 21, 2001
Just mix the happy vocoder groove of "Moon Safari" with the
lingering sentimentality of "Virgin Suicides" and you get something
like this. Air is still delivering the nice digestible easy listening
we've enjoyed on their previous releases. Beck Hansen stops by to deliver
lyrics and harmonica, bringing a certain earthy quality to "Vagabond",
while the rest of "10 000 hz Legend" is very clean in character.
The girls from the eccentric Japanese rock band Buffalo Daughter also
provide vocals for a track.
I guess this is supposed to be a record with a philosophical mindset,
pondering life in the modern world or something like that. There is one song about interacting with machines, one about travelling,
one about run of the mill city life and so on. It doesn't sound very heartfelt though. And the music seems meticulously designed
never to grab your attention too much.
To me, Air is nothing besides nice music for very casual listening. If
you can enjoy the post-modern quality of very stylish sounds with very little going on underneath, music as light as Air, then this
is for you.