Talkie Walkie

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Fortunately, Air learned from their mistakes -- or, at least, their limitations -- leading up to the recording of third album Talkie Walkie, and the happy result is a solid middle ground between both of their previous records.
  2. Alternative Press
    70
    Air's most song-oriented effort yet. [Feb 2004, p.92]
  3. Blender
    60
    If the vocal tracks sound irredeemably icky... the instrumentals are as dreamily engaging as ever. [#23, p.100]
  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. Talkie Walkie is a startling and beautiful record, as curious and timeless as Moon Safari and as intelligent and listenable as any of the year’s best records.
  6. Is Talkie Walkie the redemptive effort their audience has waited for? Yes and no.
  7. A welcome return to the group's down-tempo beginnings.
  8. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    Tighter songwriting and an undercurrent of dark claustrophobia distinguish the disc from its predecessors. [23/30 Jan 2004, p.99]
  9. 100
    Achieves that rare supernova of artistic vision that dares to reconcile palpable, unapologetic ambience with unpretentious soulful simplicity.
  10. 90
    This is evocative music. It’s beatific, charming, sophisticated and cool.
  11. There are exceptions, but most of "Talkie Walkie" is static and not fleshed out, like a perfectly produced series of unfinished demos.
  12. Mojo
    40
    The lyrics have become downright soppy and the melodies turned trite. [Feb 2004, p.92]
  13. ‘Talkie Walkie’ deserves to do as well as ‘Moon Safari’. There’s no question that it’s a better record, a different record, written by a pair of supremely talented and greatly improved musicians enjoying total mastery of their studio and sound, who aren’t afraid to take risks for fear of offending their audience.
  14. With all its shallowness and artifice, it can only ever be a guilty pleasure. But it is the most intense of guilty pleasures.
  15. The album's chilling resonance is due in part to Godrich's anagogical recording of minimal instrumentation and digitally etiolated detail.
  16. You can smell the impotent melodic desperation a mile off.
  17. Talkie Walkie is, in many ways, a return to the type of sound featured on Air's first two albums.
  18. Q Magazine
    80
    Air thrive on existing at an otherworldly tangent and their cosmic bent is never far away here. [Feb 2004, p.99]
  19. Air return to what they do best: elegantly moody soundtrack music for imaginary films.
  20. Talkie Walkie isn't on a par with Moon Safari, and proves far less daring than 10,000 Hz Legend. But it manages to hold up, in its own punch-drunk, electronically unstable way.
  21. 75
    Talkie Walkie 's detachment is still, well, pretty -- virgins might commit suicide to it, but most likely they'll just swoon.
  22. Given the genre-splicing we witnessed on 10,000 Hz Legend, Talkie Walkie sometimes seems like white-bread Air, like a fractured spin-off of Moon Safari.
  23. While Talkie Walkie lacks some of Legend's nerve, it makes for a more immediately pleasing experience.
  24. The lush melodic sense that deserted Air on 10000Hz Legend has returned.
  25. The arrangements are light and immaculate, the vocals coo and cajole, and the melodies are addictive.
  26. An intriguing album that grows both more complex and more likeable with each listen.
  27. Uncut
    80
    Their most convincing, most composerly music to date. [Feb 2004, p.69]
  28. Urb
    60
    Where Air's previous album failed to ignite like their classic Moon Safari, they have made some amends on Talkie Walkie. [Jan 2004, p.74]
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. May 16, 2013
    7
    A good album with a fantastic opening couple of tracks. "Venus" and "Cherry Blossom Girl" are focused and as good as anything the band haveA good album with a fantastic opening couple of tracks. "Venus" and "Cherry Blossom Girl" are focused and as good as anything the band have done. "Surfin On A Rocket" is another highlight. 10 tracks does the record a favour as it keeps it short and prevents it from dragging on too much however there are still a couple of tracks that veer off into ambient pop for a tad too long for my liking. Good overall with some moments of genius, at its best reminds me of Massive Attack. Full Review »
  2. 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 Some incredibly magical tracks. Opener 'Venus' and closer 'Alone in Kyoto' are perfect. Not as good as Moon Safari. But still gorgeous. Full Review »
  3. 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