• Record Label: Virgin
  • Release Date: Feb 7, 2012
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. 100
    Their grandiose score will make you glad that this silent film [Melies' 1902 film A Trip to the Moon] isn't silent anymore. [17 Feb 2012, p.72]
  2. Feb 6, 2012
    91
    Le Voyage is as thrilling and replete with the unexpected as one might imagine a trip outside the Earth's atmosphere would be.
  3. Mar 15, 2012
    80
    Most electronic acts, when asked to sound-track a film, dump pop sensibility in favour of atmospherics, but we're happy to report that, as astute players for over a decade, Air have gone the other way: to the moon and back.
  4. Mar 5, 2012
    80
    Ultimately, what you see here is indeed what you get: amour, imagination and rêve from two men who fell to earth...from the dark side of Méliès' moon.
  5. Feb 15, 2012
    80
    Lovingly fastidious and packed with special effects.
  6. Feb 10, 2012
    80
    There are moments of weightlessness and beauty here.
  7. Feb 7, 2012
    80
    This is a treat not just for Air fans, but aficionados of film music and science fiction, too.
  8. Feb 7, 2012
    80
    Le Voyage is, given its origins, a small wonder all on its own.
  9. Feb 7, 2012
    80
    Knowledge of the film isn't necessary to appreciate the childlike whimsy of these 11 songs, which easily stand as some of Air's most inventive and inviting work to date.
  10. It is, as you'd expect, spacious, gentle, reachy, euphonious and, for Air, fairly organic sounding.
  11. 80
    This album absolutely stands on its own, never requiring visual accompaniment; for Air fans, it's a vital addition to their catalog. [Mar 2012, p.94]
  12. Feb 2, 2012
    80
    La Voyage Dans La Lune is the 'most Air' thing this duo may ever craft, a perfect set with which to remind audiences of their continuing excellence.
  13. Feb 7, 2012
    75
    Le Voyage Dans La Lune may not be Air's most innovative or boundary-testing album, but it's one of the band's most playful.
  14. 75
    Live instrumentation and organic jams keep it all from sounding très moderne, and though it touches upon some typical Air tropes (free-floating whispery shimmers, B-movie space sounds gone glitzy) the overall loosey-goosey methodology is refreshing.
  15. Mar 7, 2012
    70
    Nearly 20 years into the French duo's career, Le Voyage Dans la Lune is yet even more proof of Air's relevance in the evolution of modern music.
  16. 70
    An appropriate sonic companion so ethereal, any selenographer worth his weight in space could essentially disappear inside of it.
  17. Feb 15, 2012
    70
    Listened to while watching Georges Méliès suitably trippy sci-fi spectacle, it makes for a brief, but enchanting, experience.
  18. Feb 14, 2012
    70
    Air's music for it [the Méliès film], whether rhythmic or choral, static or episodic, minimalist or anthemic, is slight and smooth as glass.
  19. Feb 10, 2012
    70
    Suitably cinematic, percussion-heavy and mostly instrumental, it's enjoyable as a standalone album, but it will be interesting to see how it works alongside the film.
  20. As a package on its own, Air's Le voyage dans la lune doesn't hit especially hard, but when paired with the historic film, they become a dreamy, fulfilling piece of entertainment and mystery.
  21. Feb 8, 2012
    70
    The voyage is not a wholly successful one, due in part to its short length which makes it more lengthy EP than full length album, but there's also an occasional lack of musical focus.
  22. Feb 7, 2012
    70
    The three songs with lyrics are too on-the-nose, but the instrumentals capture glitchy, orchestrated foreboding well.
  23. Feb 6, 2012
    70
    It's by no means the work of art that it accompanies, but it's almost as endearing and charming as that begrudging look of acceptance on the countenance of the moon at the sight of its unwelcome guests.
  24. Feb 3, 2012
    70
    Despite being twice the length of the film it soundtracks the album still clocks it at around 30 minutes and captivates enough with its sense of atmosphere, drama and melodic capabilities to make those 30 minutes fly by like a rocket straight into the moon's eye.
  25. Feb 27, 2012
    60
    Le Voyage is best when it sets the controls for the tribal prog of Sonic Armada or the ritual beats of Astronomic Club. [Mar 2012, p.92]
  26. Feb 22, 2012
    60
    tween Daft Punk's astronaut gear and Air's analog synth-driven Moon Safari, French electronic musicians have historically shown great nostalgia towards the old space age. Continuing the trend is this soundtrack.
  27. Feb 2, 2012
    60
    It's a niche listen. But [...] it can be a charming one, too.
  28. 60
    Pleasingly, it's all comically cosmic, as befits the host movie.
  29. Feb 8, 2012
    57
    A solid, listenable, blue-collar rap album.
  30. Feb 6, 2012
    50
    It's elegant, but hardly likely to inspire any particularly stirring flights of fancy, or any reevaluations of the band's post-Moon Safari discography.
  31. Mar 5, 2012
    40
    Ingenious in its conception as a soundtrack, weak and tedious as a standalone musical venture, an interminable experience despite its brevity.
  32. Feb 21, 2012
    40
    Unlikely to return them to chart orbit. [Mar 2012, p. 97]
  33. Feb 3, 2012
    40
    Air seem to have found little fresh inspiration in his bricolage. [Mar 2012, p.79]
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Feb 7, 2012
    9
    I really was loving this album. It is much better when watching the movie along with it, which is how it was obviously meant to be listenedI really was loving this album. It is much better when watching the movie along with it, which is how it was obviously meant to be listened to. The longer album version really is fantastic, though, as I said, it is slightly like listening to a soundtrack without the movie. The album could stand to be a little longer, but seeing as it is twice the length of the very movie that inspired it, I'd say they've done well.

    Overall, not as good as their full length albums for a standalone listen. But it's still more Air, and that is fine by me!
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  2. Oct 28, 2012
    8
    If I was to be lucky enough to take a trip to the moon, I would definitely want to be in a lounge on the rocket ship with a great set ofIf I was to be lucky enough to take a trip to the moon, I would definitely want to be in a lounge on the rocket ship with a great set of headphones, a concoction mixed nicely with Tang, and this groovy soundtrack. Full Review »
  3. Sep 2, 2012
    9
    Après une décennie d'albums plus ou moins soporifiques, AIR revient très inspiré de son "Voyage dans la Lune". UnAprès une décennie d'albums plus ou moins soporifiques, AIR revient très inspiré de son "Voyage dans la Lune". Un album inespéré, quasiment dans la lignée du fameux "Virgin Suicides". On en redemande... Full Review »