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  • Summary: 'Darkel' marks the solo debut for Air's JB Dunckel.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. What Darkel does offer is more of a good thing: songs that sound like the follow-up to Moon Safari, if Air weren't so progressive.
  2. Sometimes Darkel seems in danger of floating away on its flights of fancy, suggesting that Godin gives some of Dunckel's more whimsical ideas some grounding when they work together as Air. Nevertheless, this is a lovely working holiday, full of songs as shimmery and delicate as bubbles, and their slightness doesn't make them any less enjoyable.
  3. The whiff of soft-rock schmaltz is occasionally close to overpowering. [16 Sep 2006, p.36]
  4. When Dunckel moves away from pop immediacy, the results are often puzzling.
  5. Even when Dunckel stays closer to type, here he usually relies on unremarkable downtempo beats to support unfortunate space-hippie mewlings.
  6. 40
    So faceless that it'll make you hanker for Dirty Vegas deep cuts. [Oct 2006, p.96]
  7. The lack of complexity, tension, and propulsion in most of these songs is a big disappointment because the soundscapes are not grand and glorious enough to overcome the simplistic musical lines and repetitive nature of the lyrics.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. baronbaron
    Sep 21, 2006
    This album is so much fun! Super gay, but lots of fun.
  2. patip
    Dec 14, 2006
    i know that not everybody liked it. but when you are a strong fan of Air, you can notice that this album is what it would be a step forward in Air's sound, if they published a new work. please, hear it with more attention. it sounds strange, maybe kitsch, but not exactly repeating Air. really! ... uh, Sorry.. i love this album ;0). pati from Mexico City Expand
  3. PatricioE
    Dec 27, 2006
    I think its a great work, if u are a big fan of air, you can notice the influence he has on air´s music, the complete album is very relaxing, perfect for a rainy afternoon!! greetings from monterrey, mexico. Expand
  4. Dan
    Sep 21, 2006
    Maybe I'm just a total "Air"head, but Darkel makes me happy. It is at the very least a nice hold-over until another Air album, but I think it holds up on it's own. Expand
  5. mikes.
    Sep 21, 2006
    Darkel is a pleasant surprise, and i'd say its on par with other Air albums. I'd disagree with most of the reviews thus far on this site. Album is lush, dreamy pop music; and is t more focused than the last 2 Air albums. It's not as ambitious, but in a good way. Darkel seems like a comfortable fit for the this air member's solo debut and is refreshing, fun, and gentle at the same time. Expand
  6. AlexA
    Nov 12, 2006
    For Air fans only.
  7. JD
    Oct 4, 2006
    The first track "Be My Friend" is fantastic. If the album kept this sort of sound and quality for the other 9 tracks, we'd have a winner here. Unfortunately, the other 9 tracks are aimless boring meandering bland exercises of empty-headed wankery. Also of note, only the first track consists of any decent synthwork, the rest of the album is mostly piano and guitar. This is just a boring ego-trip, don't waste your money. Darkel is absolutely NOT Air quality material. Is Godin the real Air? Expand

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