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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
  1. KidB
    Mar 5, 2007
    10
    By paring down to acoustic guitar, piano, plinky beatbox and whispered vocals Air have risen to a new height. Moon Safari and Talkie Walkie were both excellent albums but often relied on the retro-chic of their oh-so-cool sound: on Pocket Symphony the song-writing is the dominant factor, and in time I reckon the people who didn't 'get' this record on the first couple of listens will realise it is Air's best yet. Expand
  2. NeilL
    Mar 7, 2007
    10
    This may not be their best work, but for a group such as Air -- anything is going to be miles beyond all other artists around, and Pocket Symphony still contains some of their best tracks (such as Mer Du Japon, One Hell of a Party, and Night Sight). I think people should give this album a chance... it's not going to produce any pop hits, I feel that's a given, yet it may make you weep silently in the night. And actually, you won't mind at all. Expand
  3. RyanC
    Apr 25, 2009
    10
    Atmospheric, ethereal, and dreamy, Pocket Symphony makes up for its lack of pop appeal by perfecting the sound that Air is so famous for.
  4. DF
    Oct 17, 2007
    7
    I like this album more with each listen. It is a soundtrack for a the melancholic movie of my day.
  5. BrianW
    May 24, 2007
    6
    I've been a fan of Air since the 90s, but this album feels a lot more bland than their last ones, especially "Talkie Walkie." It's not bad, but the songwriting's definitely taken a dive. Expand
  6. Justin
    Feb 25, 2007
    6
    It's certainly not exceptional, but it's a consistent. pleasant listen that is pretty perfect for nondescript, rainy days.
  7. MarkW
    Mar 6, 2007
    0
    A disappointed record from a super band, very boring album, nobody deserves this.

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