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  • Summary: Nigel Godrich (Radiohead) produced this third studio LP for the French duo, who handle all the vocal duties themselves for the first time.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. 100
    Achieves that rare supernova of artistic vision that dares to reconcile palpable, unapologetic ambience with unpretentious soulful simplicity.
  2. 90
    This is evocative music. It’s beatific, charming, sophisticated and cool.
  3. While Talkie Walkie lacks some of Legend's nerve, it makes for a more immediately pleasing experience.
  4. With 'Talkie Walkie', Air are headed back where they came from. That they do this without actually retracing their own footprints and have produced an album with its own delicate but distinct hallmarks is a measure of their talent.
  5. 75
    Talkie Walkie 's detachment is still, well, pretty -- virgins might commit suicide to it, but most likely they'll just swoon.
  6. Air return to what they do best: elegantly moody soundtrack music for imaginary films.
  7. You can smell the impotent melodic desperation a mile off.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. MaciejW
    Jul 4, 2005
    10
    This is a beautifully done, bold yet mellowing record. If you're looking for pumpin' party beats stay away because this is the record that you and your mates will take on a chilled night in, a record you will listen to with a significant other clutched in one anothers arms deeply gazing into one anothers eyes feeling the bliss of your energy and the music this record fills you with. This is a record for an advanced mind that wants more than simple bass thumping and loops. In essence, it's their strongest record to date and definitely one of the tops of 2004. Savour it. Expand
  2. EDRM
    Jun 24, 2005
    10
    Incredible creative and addictive... A true original masterpiece. A bunch of transcendental songs that defies classification... THIS is the future of music. Expand
  3. StefanS
    Oct 15, 2006
    9
    Some incredibly magical tracks. Opener 'Venus' and closer 'Alone in Kyoto' are perfect. Not as good as Moon Safari. But still gorgeous. Expand
  4. rpggrrrl
    Mar 3, 2004
    8
    I haven't heard Air's other albums, JFYI, but I do like this one enough that I will be checking out the rest of their work. The French accents do a lot for me, what can I say. The duo lives up to their name; a few of the songs make me feel like I'm sitting beside an open window with linen curtains blowing softly past my head as I take in the view. A good album to listen to on the way home from work. My favorites include "Cherry Blossom Girl" for it's sad sweetness, "Mike Mills for it's tension and "Alpha Beta Gaga" for nothing more than it makes me happy. I'm looking forward to their next project. Expand
  5. Wander
    Nov 5, 2005
    8
    Talkie walkie contains no bad songs, and some, like cherry blossom girl and alone in kyoto match the best of 'moon safari' for pure beauty
  6. NirM
    Apr 17, 2004
    8
    Although the record is a bit different from previous albums, Air managed to sustain a descent level of what they're doing best, hazey background music... Expand
  7. JoaoC
    Feb 26, 2004
    2
    Never mind the air

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