Love 2 - Air
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  • Summary: The French duo worked with drummer Joey Waronker on their latest studio album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 90
    Love 2 is a pleasurable and satisfactory record, one where every track provides just what’s needed and sets the stage for a new composition to step in and carry the beats to their finale.
  2. 86
    Air is as essential as ever, and has succeeded in writing another album of inspiration, tantalizing music. [Fall 2009, p.91]
  3. Love 2 is a triumph, effectively representing a now veteran act capable of returning to its roots yet managing still to produce novel results.
  4. Nothing if not consistent, Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel's sixth studio album sounds effortlessly Air-like. [Nov 2009, p.110]
  5. Perhaps the less successful tracks here might have been novel and fresh 15 years ago, but interest in library music and analogue synths was piqued long ago and some of Love 2 sounds like one example of many these days.
  6. At a time when their former opening band (Phoenix) is gaining notoriety for their sexy blend of madcap lyricism and airtight songwriting, Air come across as flat and middling. [Fall 2009, p.56]
  7. Sadly, Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel’s new love is about as ill-advised as New Coke and this makes for a cluttered, uneven, and kinda hokey listen.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. DaleC
    Oct 19, 2009
    10
    Like all great Air, this record is not what it seems, waiting to get under your skin and into your psyche. In that respect, Love 2 is just like Moon Safari. Grumpy reviewing aside, Air has evolved in their own way and shows it with each successive release. Everything you love about Air is here just waiting for you. Just relax and hang up the crankiness. Expand
  2. Dec 14, 2013
    10
    An amazingly great album, it really does capture Air's atmospheric feel. I think a lot of the criticism comes from it being compared to Air's other work; this album isn't as energetic as Air's other music, but it's just as satisfying Expand
  3. AlanD
    Oct 9, 2009
    8
    I think is a very nice album, much better than Pocket S. It has a little bit of Moon Safari, Virgin S, Premiers S and Talkie W....great stuff!...my only down is that i found a little bit loopy. Expand
  4. Oct 24, 2011
    3
    This record just feels flat, made up of a patchwork of half baked ideas. It's not very cohesive and doesn't hold a candle to Talkie Walkie which was amazing. Expand
  5. J.A.
    Oct 9, 2009
    3
    First off, I love AIR. I've loved their music since 1998. I'm a big fan of Darkel too. I'm privy to want to play devil's advocate for them. But this album... it's just, soulless fluff. A mishmash of ideas that don't congeal well, over a musical pastiche as shallow as the golden 70's font on the cover of the album. The lack of a producer this time around keeping the guys on target is unfortunately all too apparent. Every song is a meandering half idea that has no solid core, and might as well be cotton candy melting on a hot summer's sidewalk. Love 2 isn't even experimentally appreciative like 10,000 Hz Legend was. It's so simplistic it sounds like they wrote it in all of two weeks. Dunckel and Godin are simply capable of work light years beyond this fluffy dreck, and Love 2 is just a slap in the face to their fans who've waited so long for the next Talkie Walkie or Moon Safari. I expected more out of AIR and Studio Atlas. Much more. Complacency has made AIR lazy, and that's all too apparent on Love 2, a sequel to an imaginary album that thankfully wasn't even made. Expand
  6. MichaelD
    Oct 14, 2009
    2
    Arguably my best band, Ive grown to love their music old and new after first hearing them through their 10/10 album Talkie Walkie. However this album seems stunted and unable to find the musical depths of their previous work!!! I find it hollow, pretenscious and the biggest musical dissapointment this year!!! I give it a 2 only cause Id still fly accross australia to see them live!!! Expand