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  • Summary: Nigel Godrich produced this latest set from the French duo, who are joined by guest vocalists Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) and Neil Hannon (Divine Comedy).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. What's most impressive is how guileless Dunckel and Godin make it sound. They're aiming for a kind of naïve beauty, and they hit it consistently here.
  2. Pocket Symphony most recalls their influential 1998 Moon Safari - only it sounds older and wiser.
  3. 74
    This new Air CD bcomes their decade-in, it's-all-about-your-collaborations inevitability. Genuine fans will hardly be shocked that they pull it off with style and grace. [#24, p.89]
  4. Pocket Symphony is downright somnolent, like Talkie Walkie on Quaaludes.
  5. 60
    Occup[ies] a hushed netherworld between classical minimalists like Erik Satie and Timbaland (without the beats). [Mar 2007, p.86]
  6. 'Pocket Symphony' fails to grab in the same way that previous Air albums have and places too large an emphasis on mood, texture and composition to ever really be anything other than polite background music.
  7. 'Pocket Symphony' sure does drift over you like a duvet of mood-stabilising drugs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 38
  2. Negative: 3 out of 38